Books Council of Wales

The Books Council of Wales (previously known as the Welsh Books Council) or Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru was established in 1961. Today it is funded by the Welsh Government. The council's aims are to promote the interests of Welsh language books and English language books of interest to Wales, to promote the publishing industry, and to assist and support authors by offering a number of services and distributing grants. It offers design and editorial services for publishers, distributes grants for authors and publishers, and provides services for libraries.[citation needed]

Council building

The council's headquarters are in the former St Mary's College building in Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth; and it also has a distribution centre on the outskirts of the town at Glanyrafon Enterprise Park. It employs 40 permanent staff between both locations. The distribution centre has an annual turnover of around £3 million (net).[citation needed]

Alun Creunant Davies held the position of director from 1965 to 1987.[1]

The current Chief Executive is Helgard Krause.[2][3]


  1. ^ Williams, Griffith John. "Alun Herbert Davies". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "A few words from UWP's departing Director, Helgard Krause". UWP. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio Cymru - Beti a'i Phobol, Helgard Krause". BBC (in Welsh). Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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