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To coincide with World Books Day, Economy Secretary, Ken Skates has announced  more than £150,000 to support Wales’ publishing industry during the current financial year.
The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism has announced an independent review of the Welsh Government’s support for publishing and literature in Wales.
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We support the publishing industry in Wales through the Welsh Books Council.

The Welsh Books Council (WBC) is a non-statutory body providing specialist services to the book and magazine publishing trade in Wales.

We provide grant funding for the WBC. In 2015-16, they will receive a total of £3.586 million.

The Welsh Books Council’s services include:

  • editorial advice
  • design advice
  • sales and marketing advice
  • a range of reader development schemes including the World Book Day celebrations in Wales.

Grants

The WBC also provides publishing grants and literature grants for publishers of Welsh- and English-language books and magazines. These grants support the publishing industry in Wales and facilitate the publishing of books in both languages.

Find out more about the Welsh Books Council (external link).

The Library of Wales Series

The Library of Wales Series is a project supported by us which brings back into print important works of twentieth-century Welsh writing in English. It also ensures that they remain available to buy at affordable prices.

The series includes books in a range of styles, from different parts of Wales, by both men and women. The books have attractive covers with introductions by some of our most talented contemporary Welsh writers. A total of 42 titles have been published since 2006.  

For more information see the  Library of Wales website (external link).

Gwales

The Gwales website (external link) has information on all current Welsh-language and Welsh-interest titles and offers a secure on-line ordering service.

Literature Wales

Literature Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting literature. It was formed following the merger in 2011 of:

  • The literature promotion agency, Academi
  • The Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.

It represents the interests of Welsh writers both inside Wales and internationally and encourages people to enjoy others' writing and to write themselves, through a programme of workshops, courses, festivals and competitions.

Literature Wales' main projects include the Wales Book of the Year, the National Poet and the event funding scheme, Writers’ on Tour. 

Services offered by Literature Wales include mentoring, writers' bursaries, information and advice, and independent manuscript assessment.

You can find out more about its activities on the Literature Wales website (external link).

Review of Support for books from Wales 

During 2014 an independent review of the Welsh Government’s support for books from Wales was commissioned. That review assessed:

  • the rationale for Welsh Government support for books from Wales
  • whether the Welsh Books Council continued to be the most appropriate vehicle for delivering that support
  • the evidence for the value for money of the current approach.