JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Gillian Clarke, Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, CS Lewis, Sarah Waters, Lewis Carroll, Dannie Abse, Owen Sheers, RS Thomas, Martin Amis and Dylan Thomas: all have been inspired by their time in Wales and all have left traces in the landscapes and communities they inhabited.
From the waters of the Taf Estuary at Laugharne, to the seals of Bardsey Island, to the heath of Hay Bluff; Wales is packed with special places which are brought to life through the words of its writers.
“…Moving in single file they walked through the higher fields and up over the Hatterall ridge; an ellipsis of seven dark shapes decreasing over the hill’s shoulder, shortening to a last full stop and then nothing, just the blank page of the empty slope…”
– From Resistance (Faber and Faber, 2007) by Owen Sheers
Literature Wales is the national literary tourism agency of Wales. We work to increase the visibility of writers from Wales on the global stage and invest in our creative and rural economies. We take visitors into the hearts of literary landscapes, curating experiences which blend a potent mix of Wales’ best poetry, prose, food, drink and places.
Where the elegiac fisherbird stabs and paddles
In the pebbly dab-filled
Shallow and sedge, and ‘dilly dilly,’ calls the loft hawk,
‘Come and be killed,’
I open the leaves of the water at a passage
Of psalms and shadows among the pincered sandcrabs prancing
– From ‘Over Sir John’s Hill’ by Dylan Thomas
Much of our work is in partnership with other national bodies such as Cadw, the National Park authorities, Visit Wales, The National Museum of Wales and the National Trust.
- Free information and advice for those planning their own literary adventures
- Bespoke literary tour curation for tour operators or private groups
- Support, guidance and partnership for others’ literary tourism projects
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss our services further: 029 2047 2266 / firstname.lastname@example.org