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The Welsh Books Council
or Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru
was established in 1961 under the name of Cyngor Llyfrau Cymraeg
(Which translates as the 'Welsh (Language) Books Council'). Today it is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government
The Welsh Government is the devolved government of Wales. It is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales, the legislature which represents the interests of the people of Wales and makes laws for Wales...
. The Council's aims are to promote the interest in Welsh language
Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales, by some along the Welsh border in England, and in Y Wladfa...
books and English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...
books of interest to Wales
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km²...
. To promote the publishing industry, and assist and support authors by offering a number of services and distributing grants. They offer design and editorial services for publishers, distribute grants for authors and publishers, services for libraries, wholesale books and associated material.
The Books Council’s headquarters are at Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth is a historic market town, administrative centre and holiday resort within Ceredigion, Wales. Often colloquially known as Aber, it is located at the confluence of the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol....
and by now there is also a Distribution Centre on the outskirts of the town at Glanyrafon Enterprise Park. The Council employs 49 permanent staff between both locations. The distribution centre has an annual turnover of around £5 million (net).