Experts in books publicity and literature policy join New Welsh Review team (26-07-2017)

Publicist of books for children, Megan Farr, and former Arts Council for North-west of England officer, Bronwen Williams, join New Welsh Review team

A literature policy advisor who has worked across all areas of the British Isles and Ireland has joined the staff of New Welsh Review as Administration and Finance Officer. Bronwen has worked at the Arts Council for the north-west of England as well as the Arts Council in Ireland, the Scottish Arts Council (advisory panel) as well as with Publishing Northern Ireland. She is joined on the staff by Megan Farr, a former and current children's book publicist, as Marketing and Publicity Officer.

Bronwen Williams is currently a PhD research student working as part of the Leverhulme funded ‘Devolved Voices’ Project Team at Aberystwyth University. Her research is looking at the rise of Welsh-associated women’s poetry written in English since the devolution vote in 1997.

Having grown up in Cwmbran and Abergavenny she 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.

Passionate about promoting literature, Megan Farr has many years' experience in a variety of PR, marketing and communications roles in publishing and for literature charities, successfully promoting writers and illustrators to different audiences. Megan's other clients include Literature Wales and Firefly children's press, and she has previously worked for Booktrust and YA and children’s publishers Hot Key Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Little Tiger Press and Barefoot Books. She lives in Penarth with her young family.

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