A new scheme has just been launched to find the most loved Welsh language classic books. If you have a favourite book in the Welsh language that you think is a classic, you can nominate the book for inclusion in a list which will then be distributed to libraries, bookshops and colleges to encourage others to read and enjoy Welsh language books. And there’s a prize draw to encourage you to enter your favourite books for inclusion!
The campaign is a partnership between the Society of Chief Librarians Wales, the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales. A panel of members representing these organisations will select the list from the nominations received and agree on the inclusion of recognised classics.
Nomination forms are available in public libraries and bookshops or via the websites of Welsh Libraries (soon), the Welsh Books Council, or Literature Wales, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Welsh Classic campaign was launched on World Book Day (5th March 2015) and the deadline for nominations is 30 May.
The campaign is also being promoted on Twitter using the hashtag #WelshClassic.
Jane Sellwood on behalf of the Society of Chief Librarians Wales said: “Public libraries offer a range of high quality literature in Welsh and English. While there are a number of lists to guide readers to the classics, old and new, in English, there are no similar lists of Welsh language titles – this is a gap that needs filling.”
Elwyn Jones Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council added: ” The Council supports and promotes the work of contemporary writers but it is always important to remember that classics are being read and enjoyed by readers again and again. So it’s great being able to back this campaign throughout Welsh library authorities and is a good example of co-operation to promote books and reading.”
For more information about the scheme contact Hywel James, Principal Librarian, Gwynedd Library Service.