Yr Academi Gymreig – The Welsh Academy is the national Society of Writers in Wales. The society represents the interests of Welsh writers and writing both inside Wales and beyond.

The Welsh Academy exists to:

• Celebrate the achievements of the creative and literary writers of Wales;
• Lobby in support of key issues affecting such writers and their work;
• Foster the community of such writers within Wales;
• Provide such writers with advocacy support;
• Support the development of such writers in their careers.


Society History

Yr Academi Gymreig/The Welsh Academy was founded in 1959 on the basis of conversations between Bobi Jones and Waldo Williams. Following its inaugural meeting in 1960, the society’s first aim and objective was to establish a new Welsh-language literary periodical. The first edition of Taliesin was published by Yr Academi Gymreig in 1961. An English-language section to the society was created in 1968 through an initiative by Meic Stephens in association with the Guild of Welsh Writers.

In 1998 the society took on a much enhanced role when it won the Arts Council of Wales’ franchise to provide a Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency. This Agency was named Academi. The much-changed and enlarged Academi which emerged delivered literary provision across Wales until 2011, when it joined with Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre to form a new national organisation known as Literature Wales.

The Welsh Academy, as the national Society of Writers in Wales, retained its unique identity within Academi. This identity continued to be safeguarded when the Academi was developed to be Literature Wales. While Literature Wales does provide administrative support to The Welsh Academy, a management relationship does not exist between them and both organisations’ decision making processes, management and activity are independent of each other.


The Welsh Academy today

The Welsh Academy has around 600 Members. Poet, fictional prose writer and critic Bobi Jones and former National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke are the current Presidents. Click here for more information on Members and Fellows, and here for information The Welsh Academy Members’ Committee.

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