Gomer Press

Gomer Press (Welsh: Gwasg Gomer) is a family printing and publishing company based in Llandysul, west Wales. It is the largest publishing house in Wales.

Gomer Press
StatusActive
Founded1892; 128 years ago (1892)
FounderJD Lewis
Country of originWales
Headquarters locationLlandysul
Publication typesBooks
Official websitegomer.co.uk

HistoryEdit

The company was first established in 1892 and began as a general store;[1] it is owned by the same family to this day. Jonathan Lewis, the great grandson of the company's founder, is the current managing director.

In September 2019 it was announced Gomer would be closing their publishing arm to focus on printing. Its 55 employees will be retained but will no longer publish new titles, of which it produced 36 in 2018. It marks the end of 127 years of publishing.[2]

PublicationsEdit

Specialising in books which have a distinctive Welsh identity, Gomer has four distinct lists:

English books for adultsEdit

The English list for adults features fiction, history, travel writing, biography, literature, cookery, sport and visual arts. Authors and artists include Gillian Clarke, Jim Perrin, Kyffin Williams, Eddie Butler, Jeremy Moore and Idris Davies.

English books for childrenEdit

Pont Books is an imprint designed to produce English books with a Welsh connection for children. [needs update] It has published the last seven books to win the Tir na n-Og Award from the Welsh Books Council in the English-language category that honours the year's best book with "authentic Welsh background". Award winners include Graham Howells (2009), Daniel Morden (2007 and 2013), and Jennifer Sullivan (2006 and 2012).[3][4][5]

Welsh books for childrenEdit

Books for children of all ages in the Welsh language published by Gomer range from Smot's board books to teenage fiction. There are a number of different series, including Chwedlau o Gymru (Legends from Wales series), Cyfres Llyffantod (Hoppers series), and Cyfres Clwb Cysgu Cŵl (Sleepover Club series), Sali Mali, Tudur Budr (Dirty Bertie), Helpwch Eich Plentyn (Help Your Child), Cyfres Lolipop (Lollypop series) as well as a wide range of titles by prolific author and poet T. Llew Jones.

From 2000 to 2012, at least six Gwasg Gomer publications have won one of the two annual Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards.[4]

Welsh books for adultsEdit

Gomer publishes the work of a number of the Welsh language's eminent literary figures, past and present, such as Islwyn Ffowc Elis, T. Rowland Hughes, Gwenallt, Hywel Teifi Edwards, Angharad Price, Fflur Dafydd and Owen Martell. There are also two bilingual series - Trosiadau/Translations and Cip ar Gymru/Wonder Wales.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wales Online, "From bread to best sellers in 120 years, the story of Gomer Press", 29 September 2012. Accessed 23 February 2016
  2. ^ "Book publisher to 'wind down' publishing". 2019-09-10. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  3. ^ "Tir na n-Og Awards" Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. Welsh Books Council (WBC). Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  4. ^ a b "Tir na n-Og awards Past Winners" Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. WBC. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  5. ^ Tir-na-n-Og Awards 2013 Archived March 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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