Support integrity and independence
Do you support independence and integrity in the writing and publishing communities of Wales and the UK? Want to prove that you believe in quality paid journalism? Are you hungry to restore to your imagination the European, the female and the specifics of place that Wales represents? Do you cherish ambitious, rigorous publishing with the reader experience at its heart? Wish to nurture in-depth reading, curation, diversity, originality, authenticity and professionalism? Show some solidarity: reach out.
In early 2020, at the tail end of austerity and the start of the coronavirus crisis, we launched our first crowdfunder, which successfully raised nearly £15,500 to breach a shortfall in public funding from our major sponsors. This new website is funded partially by that source, but it also allowed us to replenish contributor rates (so that they returned to 2018 levels), bring back columns and comment to our journalistic mix, and increase the frequency of publication as well as restoring the 32-page colour section to our print edition, New Welsh Reader. These new funds will also facilitate our research into an enhanced programme for audio content, instigate a lower tier subscriber offer and further develop our writer outreach programme, through our current Awards scheme as well as other physical and/or digital opportunities. We are never short of ambition and ideas. We want to continue to play our part in a culture that values things that last. But to develop and stay relevant as a business costs money. This is the place we will log those ideas. Play your part in realising these dreams as they become our priorities.
If you are a student or just have an enquiring mind, you will enjoy the library section of this site, with its sophisticated search mechanism. There are only 12 editions in the archive so far, since as things stand, that is all we could afford, even though increasing digitisation is one of our top priorities. Our next fundraising target is £2800. This sum alone would allow us to complete the second stage in digitising our archive, initially taking us back to edition 92, the first one curated by the current editor, Gwen Davies, in 2011. Should we overshoot our target, we will work through the editorships of Kathryn Gray, Francesca Rhydderch, Robin Reeves, Victor Golightly and Robin Reeves, right back to the magazine’s establishment in 1988.
Access to our digital back issues is part of our subscription offer. So, to have a complete digitised archive of the magazine would greatly enhance our offer and, in turn, our ability to raise matching funds through our subscriber base.