Gwen Davies grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire, England. Her translations are the novels Martha, Jack and Shanco (Caryl Lewis, Parthian, 2007) and The Jeweller (Caryl Lewis, forthcoming). She is the co-translator, with the author, of Robin Llywelyn’s White Star (Parthian, 2003). She is the editor of Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark and Chilling Tales (Seren, 2010), an anthology of spooky contemporary stories based on myth, folk and fairytale by the authors of Wales. She lives in Aberystwyth with her family. She has a novel in translation forthcoming in September 2019 from Honno: The Jeweller by Caryl Lewis. Gwen became editor of New Welsh Review in March 2011.
Mae croeso ichi ohebu â’r golygydd yn Gymraeg.
Bronwen Williams, Finance and Administrative Officer
Having grown up in Cwmbran and Abergavenny, Bronwen has lived and worked in London, Brighton, Belfast and Manchester. She received a BA (Hons) in Language and Literature from Queens University, Belfast and subsequently gained an MA from the University of Manchester (Late Victorian and Early Modern Literature: Ivor Gurney) as well as a further MA from the Metropolitan University of Leeds (Screenwriting for Film and Television).
Since then she has worked in the community education and arts sectors, and more recently in the funded literature sector, as Literature Officer in the North West of England and as Literature Adviser to the Arts Council in Ireland, alongside literature advisory panel freelance work for the then Scottish Arts Council. Before moving back to Wales to begin her PhD research she worked as freelance coordinator for the Northern Ireland Theatre Association, as well as for Publishing Northern Ireland and was the volunteer Chair for the Literature Forum in Northern Ireland.
Julia Forster, Marketing & Publicity Officer
When she’s not at New Welsh Review, Julia works freelance in marketing/PR for independent publishers and authors. Until recently, she sat on the Literature Wales writers’ bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers. She is a reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy and co-devised the ‘Being a Writer’ programme with TLC director, Aki Schilz. She runs author career workshops, and has published two books – the latest one, a novel called What a Way to Go (Atlantic Books, 2016). Photo by Alice Hendy.
Andrew Green, Chair, director
Andrew Green read Classics at Cambridge before coming to Wales to train as an academic librarian in 1973. He worked in university libraries in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Sheffield and Swansea and in 1998 Andrew was appointed as the ninth Librarian of the National Library of Wales, a post from which he retired in March 2013.
Andrew has also served on many information and educational bodies, including the Council of Aberystwyth University, the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council and the Legal Deposit Libraries Committee. A fluent Welsh speaker, he has published widely in both English and Welsh. In September 2014 Parthian Books published his book In the Chair: a how to guide groups and manage meetings, and, in 2019, he published Wales in 100 Objects, whose Welsh version, Cymru Mewn 100 Gwrthrych, won Wales Books of the Year the same year. In 2004, Andrew chaired the first strategic body concerned with the promotion of Welsh medium teaching in higher education institutions.
In 2013, Andrew was elected a Fellow of Cymdeithas Ddysgedig Cymru / The Learned Society of Wales. He is also a member of the panel of ‘Speakers for Schools’, a charity established by Robert Peston to encourage students in state schools to develop high aspirations.
Gwen Davies, director
See biography, above.
Emily Blewitt, Poetry Submissions Editor; Vice-Chair, director
Emily Blewitt is the author of This Is Not A Rescue (Seren, 2017). She has published poetry in The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Ambit, and The North, among others, and was Highly Commended in the 2016 Forward Prizes. Emily read English Language and Literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has an MA in Film and Literature from the University of York. In 2010 she returned to Wales to begin a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University, where she specialised in poetic representations of pregnancy in nineteenth-century and contemporary women’s writing, and graduated in 2016. Emily has appeared at Hay Festival, on Radio 4, and participated in the Weird and Wonderful Wales project. One of her poems appears on public transport in three Chinese cities as part of a British Council initiative. Emily lives in Bridgend with her husband, Greg, and their young child. Photo by Michael Willett.
Warm thanks are also due to Ashley Joy Owen, our poetry submissions filter up to spring 2020, when she was appointed English Grants Officer at the Books Council of Wales.
David Michael, Treasurer
David is Director of Corporate Resources at the National Library of Wales.
Matthew Francis, Aberystwyth University Representative
Matthew is a poet, novelist and short-story author whose many titles include The Mabinogi, published by Faber, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2018.
Ali Anwar is founder of CADCentre, a company that specialises in training for young people and learning software.
Alys lives in north Wales and teaches at Bangor University. Her debut novel, Pigeon (Parthian) won the overall prize and the People’s Choice prize in the Wales Book of the Year Awards (English titles), 2017. Her latest novel is Dignity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
Ruth handles campaigns for Atlantic, Bloomsbury, the London Review of Books, the LRB Bookshop and Cake Shop, the Adventure Travel Film Festival, Peter Owen Publishers, Sandstone Press and World Editions. She also advises individual authors on PR strategy, and lives in Tintern, south-east Wales.
During the academic year 2019-20, the following students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Aberystwyth University and the College of Arts and Humanities (CoAH) at Swansea University supported the magazine in various invaluable capacities: Erin Fitzpatrick; Gabriella Bosticco; Beth Thompson; Megan Davies; Freya Smith; George Jessup; Jamie Kenney; Oliver Heath; Amy-Ann Williams; Lee Tisdale; Issy Rixon; Mattie Little; Isaak Garb and Kyle Traylor (all AU), and Demi Roberts; Dafydd Harvey; Daniel Snipe; Desi Tsvetkova; Luanne Thornton and Jacob Powell (all SU). We thank them warmly for their work, and are delighted that many have since found permanent paid work elsewhere, aided by the confidence and employability skills gained with us. This is part of our wider mission to enhance diversity in the UK’s publishing industry. We work in partnership with GO Wales and Aberystwyth Forward at Aberystwyth University and with Swansea University employability services, and are ourselves employers sensitive to differences including those of neurology and mental health. During the coronavirus crisis, we assisted the universities by enhancing the digital experience that was available to students, especially those stranded in the UK or locally by lockdown.
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