Welsh Books Council
The Welsh Books Council is a national body that actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales. Funded by the Welsh Government and based in Aberystwyth, the Books Council provides a number of specialist services in the fields of editing, design, marketing and distribution with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English.
The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales, working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make the nation a better place in which to live and work. The Welsh Government support publishing in Wales through the Welsh Books Council and have helped fund Parthian’s Library of Wales Series.
Swansea is a traditional university, founded by Royal Charter in 1920. Their international outlook and collaborative links with industry ensure that their degrees meet employers’ needs. Parthian have an office on the university campus and provide internships for students interested in joining the publishing industry. Parthian have also published work by award-winning authors Stevie Davies and Dai Smith who are currently based in the university.
Association of Welsh Writing in English
The Association originated in 1984 when individuals from five of the colleges of the University of Wales (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Lampeter and Swansea) met at Swansea to discuss the establishing of an organisation to promote the study of Welsh writing in English. The work of the association includes several important series of publications and an annual conference featuring contributions from scholars from the USA, Scotland, England, Ireland as well as Wales. Membership of AWWE is open to all. The AWWE publishes a peer reviewed Yearbook of Welsh writing in English, Almanac, which is published by Parthian Books.