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Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature. Our vision is a Wales where literature empowers, improves and brightens lives.

We are a registered charity, and work to inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate the literary culture of Wales. Literature Wales works in Welsh, English and bilingually across Wales. We have offices in Llanystumdwy and Cardiff. Our patron is Sir Philip Pullman.

We facilitate, fund and directly deliver a literary programme across Wales. All our activities are structured into three Activity Pillars. Concentrating on these three areas will help us to ensure that all of our work is clearly linked to our mission, and enable us to use our resources most effectively:

Participation – inspiring some of our most marginalised individuals and communities through active participation in literature.

Writer Development – developing the creative and professional potential of early career writers.

Wales’ Literary Culture – celebrating our contemporary writers and the literary heritage of Wales.

All of the pillars are inter-linked, and much of our work will flow from one to another. Projects will not be developed in isolation, but will complement and enhance each other, with clear progression and development during the three years.

Our Priorities

Based on our understanding of the power of literature to improve and transform lives, and the need to focus our activities where they will have greatest impact, we have identified three Tactical Priorities which will cross-cut all Activity Pillars. They are not types of activity but thematic priorities which will feature in everything we deliver, and in our partnership and facilitation work:

Representation & Equality – by ensuring representative inclusion throughout our activity and internal structures, we will provide platforms for, and encourage, under-represented literary voices; creating a national literary culture which represents contemporary Wales.

Health & Well-being – by supporting and advocating the various ways literature can contribute positively to the nation’s health and well-being, we will improve the lives of people in Wales.

Children & Young People – by increasing accessibility to, and conveying the joy of creative writing and reading, we will make a significant contribution to the well-being of the future generations of Wales.

 


Literature Wales’ Strategic Plan for 2019-22 is available to read here.

To see our Register of Benefits for the period 2017 – 2019, click here.

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