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Announcing Meet A Welsh Author

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know that I love to fly the flag for literature from my native country of Wales. We have so many talented authors yet few people (even those who live within Wales) know about them.

As a way of changing that, I’m going to start running a series called “Meet A Welsh Author” where authors get to answer 10 questions about the authors they’d love to invite for a drink, the books and authors you’ll never find them reading and the books they most often recommend.

It’s an updated version of something I did a few years back but fell in abeyance as other things in my life took over. It was called Cwtch Corner then, in Welsh the word cwtch means a small cubbyhole but it also denotes a form of affection, love and caring. Cwtch Corner was meant to symbolise the warm welcome I like to extend to Welsh authors on BookerTalk.

I’m changing the name now to “Meet A Welsh Author” which I think will make it easier for readers to understand the content of the articles. The name is changing, but the sentiment is definitely not going away. By the way, credit for this new name goes to Lisa @ANZLitLovers who has allowed me to piggyback on the “Meet An Aussie Author” series she has been running for many years.

The first Meet A Welsh Author post will be published tomorrow, featuring debut author Mike Lewis. I hope you enjoy discovering more about him.


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

17 thoughts on “Announcing Meet A Welsh Author

    • First one is now available to read Liz. I’ve seen some of the later ones too and they’re a lovely variety of answers

  • Congrats on starting this new series and helping Welsh authors be better known

  • Great idea – looking forward to it. I really hope Owen Sheers is on your list!

  • Really looking forward to this, it’s not always easy to find Welsh authors here and I wonder if they get lumped into a general description as a ‘writer from the UK’.

    • Probably Jules. Or they just get described as English. In some parts of the world people find it hard to understand that England is only one part of the U.K.

  • rosemarykaye

    What a good idea – I was just thinking the other day that I know so little about Welsh literature, especially contemporary authors, so I am looking forward to this. I’m ashamed to say I think the only book I’ve read in recent years that is set in Wales is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s wonderful Framed. Also recently watched the DVD of the TV series of Carrie’s War (my own mother was evacuated from London to Rhiwderin.) Of course neither is by a Welsh author, so I really need to broaden my horizons.

    • Such a good idea. I feel horribly unaware of Welsh writers. I’m missing out, so looking forward to putting this right.

      • I hope you’ll feel encouraged to explore some of them, further and buy their books!

    • What genre do you like reading Rosemary? Maybe I can come up with some recommendations for you

  • Fabulous idea! I’d love to learn more about Welsh literature and authors, just to have some ideas about interestng things to read and, perhaps, any problems unique to them as a group (i.e., pressure/temptation to write in Welsh; whether or not they are marginalized in the U.K. publishing world and so on).


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