Guide To Literature from Wales

Guide To Literature from Wales
Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Wales

Your challenge today is to name an author from Wales.

Dylan Thomas, you say? 

Well done. He’s probably Wales’ most famous writer. So maybe not surprising you thought of him first. 

But is that it? No other Welsh author comes to mind?

How about Sarah Waters? Or Cynan Jones? Or Owen Sheers?

It might surprise you to find that these authors are part of the rich literary tradition of Wales. 

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about authors from Wales, this page is a good place to begin. It’s a signpost to content on this blog that relates to fiction from Wales.

Want to discover a Welsh author? 

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, I’ve written two posts that will get you off to a good start. .

What are the BEST novels from Wales?

It’s almost impossible to name just one or two or even 20. So I’ve put a list together of 88 books that I think give you a good representation of authors and genres. Check out the list on the “88 books from Wales” page.

One of the big questions that comes up frequently is whether there is such a thing as ” The Great Welsh Novel?” Over the years, various experts have tried to find an answer to that. You can read some of their opinions here

In the article A Secret Literary Giant from Wales you can also discover an author whose name sadly isn’t as well know as it deserves to be.

Get To Know The Authors


For the last year or so I’ve been interviewing authors who live and work in Wales. I’ve called the feature,  Cwtch Corner because the word Cwtch is one used in Wales to mean a cuddle or a cosy corner. Click the link to find all the interviews.

  1. Yay, I’m pleased to see I’ve read one of these titles, (The Elected Member) and also one of the authors (Sarah Waters). In fact I’ve just finished another one of hers and am trying to work out how to write the review…
    I’m sure I’ve read more Welsh authors than that, but *blush* I haven’t been tracking them separately, just all together with the Scots and the Poms under ‘Britain’. I might get round to fixing that one day, but my current ‘blog improvement’ project is to identify the settings of all the novels I’ve read, and it’s taking forever so I’m not starting anything new till that’s finished!

    • That sounds like a tough project given the number of books you’ve read. The results will be interesting though – probably find some trends there

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