Seren awarded 3-year grant from Welsh Books Council

16 January 2017 - 02:45pm

Seren awarded 3-year grant from Welsh Books Council

16 January 2017 - 02:45pm

It may be Blue Monday but nevertheless it’s a bright day for new Welsh literature, as Seren, along with four other Welsh publishers, has received a 3-year grant from the Welsh Books Council.

The £250,000 grant, shared between Seren, Parthian, Gomer, Honno Press and (for the first time) Firefly Press, will provide funding for a wonderfully varied range of new titles, to be released over the next three years.

‘We thank the Welsh Books Council for their continued support, which will enable us to bring exciting new literature into print,’ said Seren Publisher Mick Felton. The grant enables Seren to plan our publishing schedule over a three year period, and supports key marketing activity, essential in a hugely competitive industry. After ten years of standstill funding, this year has seen a slight increase. Evidence perhaps of a wider appreciation of the value of cultural activity to the Welsh economy, of its role as an agent of economic regeneration, and how, in the Year of Legends, literature will attract visitors and explain Wales, through its stories, to the wider world.

Authors published by Seren have previously been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, won the Costa Award, Forward Poetry Prize, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, Cross Sports Book Award and the Edge Hill Prize.

The next three years look bright, and we can’t wait to reveal the new poetry, fiction and non-fiction soon to be added to the Seren list. They include Writing Motherhood, an anthology with essays on the theme of female creativity and the impact having a family has; Writing on Water, short stories ranging from the Caribbean to Britain and the wider world; and Dark Land, Dark Skies, where astronomer Martin Griffiths re-aligns the constellations according to Celtic rather than Classical mythology.