15 Literary Last Minute gift ideas from Literature Wales
Christmas and the new year is a perfect time to get cosy and curl up with a good book, to share a love of reading with family and friends or to escape the festivities for a little bit of peace and quiet. Here at Literature Wales, after a jam packed year of participation projects, developing writers and celebrating Wales’ literary culture we are very much looking forward to a short break to recharge the creative batteries, ready for next year to dive into the worlds and stories that make Wales such an exciting place to read, make and revel in the literatures of Wales.
As such, we thought to share some of the things on our Cardiff and Llanystumdwy offices’ wish list, which are perfect not only for the literary lover or book-worm in your life, but ideal for anyone who’s passionate about supporting Welsh and Wales based artists, writers and small businesses alike.
Poetry Instead of a Card – Ten Poems from Wales – £4.95
Instead of a card, why not send words? These ten poems, ranging from the seventh to the twenty-first centuries, give the reader a taste of an ancient and continuing literature. Includes one poetry pamphlet, envelope and co-ordinating bookmark with space for your own personal message.
Where I’m Coming From Anniversary Anthology 2019 – £6.00
Edited by Hanan Issa and Durre Shahwar. Published by and in collaboration with LUMIN. ‘Where I’m Coming From’ was set up in August 2017 by Hanan Issa and Durre Shahwar as an open mic series to predominantly but not exclusively promote Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers and voices in Wales.
Water Tower Mural Giclee Print – £108.00
This unframed print of the glorious water tower mural outside Cardiff Central station is a limited edition of 200, designed by Pete Fowler depicting scenes from the Mabinogi.
Iaith y Nefoedd (Language of Heaven) Box Set – £30.00
Novel by Llwyd Owen and 12” LP by Yr Ods, inspired by Llwyd Owen’s short dystopic novel as well as more goodies from the collaboration.
Cofiwch Dryweryn Tote Bag – £6.00
Designed by legendary Super Furry Animals Illustrator, Pete Fowler. Perfect for carrying tubs of red paint and paintbrushes.
Tickets to Llyfr Glas Nebo – £8/ £10/ £12
Llyfr Glas Nebo follows the amazing story of Siôn, his mother Rowenna and his young sister, Dwynwen. Their story is recorded in a blue notebook as the family tries to survive a nuclear accident that has a catastrophic effect on the inhabitants of the village of Nebo and beyond.
Manon Steffan Ros’ novel won the prose medal at the 2018 Eisteddfod and won all three awards at the Wales Book of the Year ceremony 2019.
Tŷ Newydd Gift Voucher – £50
These vouchers can put toward a creative writing course at Tŷ Newydd (see upcoming courses here), a writer’s retreat at Nant cottage (more info here) or simply a unique North Wales getaway with family or friends.
Poetry Wales Subscription – from £21.99
What’s better than the gift of poetry, receive three issues per year, with options for digital only, physical and all the way up to 6 years worth!
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales – Hardback £20.00
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales is the most ambitious reference work about Wales to be published since the 19th century. Within the covers of this book are entries on all the people, places and events which make Wales so culturally, historically and geographically rich.
Griffin Books Book Subscriptions – from £30.00
Each package includes a consultation with the Penarth bookshop’s expert booksellers to discuss the recipient’s reading preferences.
Tŷ Newydd Framed Print £25.00
This framed print is perfect as a memento of a writer’s retreat, as a gift to a loved one who has benefitted from one of Tŷ Newydd’s courses or as a stunning illustration in its own right.
Chwyn: Blodeugerdd Barddas o gerddi doniol, deifiol a di-chwaeth – £9.95
A collection of the most humorous poems by a wide variety of contemporary Welsh-language poets edited by Bardd Plant Cymru himself, Gruffudd Owen.
King Arthur Greeting Card – £2.50
A greeting card illustrated by world renowned artist Pete Fowler (best known for his collaborations with the Super Furry Animals). Profits from the sale will support Welsh literature projects, for example the Platforming Under-represented Writers Scheme.
moroedd/dŵr by Morgan Owen – £5.00
Emerging Merthyr-born poet, Morgan Owen recently won the coveted Michael Marks Poetry in a Celtic Language Award, for his new pamphlet, published by Y Stamp.
The Lost Words Postcard Pack by Jackie Morris – £12.99
A box of 20 postcards featuring artwork and extracts of poetry from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, published by Hamish Hamilton. Graffeg have also recently released the brilliant Welsh translation by Mererid Hopwood, Geiriau Diflanedig.