Your Chance to Secure New Welsh Review’s Future

by New Welsh Review in Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd April 2020 we successfully raised £15,422 with 221 supporters in 35 days

Calling readers and book lovers to secure our future in the face of cuts and to cherish the ecosystem of writing and publishing in Wales

by New Welsh Review in Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

STRETCH TARGET: Support the extension of New Welsh Review's searchable digital archive!

Any additional money that is donated to #SecureNewWelshReview will go towards digitising our magazine archive...

We would plan to develop a secure service to place searchable high quality previews from the inside pages of our publications onto our revamped website. In light of an increased home-based existence in the weeks and months to come with the Coronavirus crisis, we think this would be a welcome addition to our offering. 

Any funds you pledge would enable visitors to our website to be able to:

* Browse titles in thumbnail view 

* Search across all available titles

* Search across topics

This will also mean that the search function will encourage more visits to our website, more new subscribers and more purchases from our back issue stock, all of which will support our strategy to ensure New Welsh Review’s survival and ability to thrive. 

We are regularly asked to supply back copies of the magazine to researchers, academics and students as well as those with a  particular interest in a specific writer or theme.

When this digital archive becomes available, we will have been able to support it being embedded into our website and the conversion of back titles.

To continue to extend our back catalogue we will need to pay £35 per conversion of a given title, which enables full search facilities in a way which we’ve never been able to do previously. Our new Crowdfunder stretch target will support this valuable contribution to further support New Welsh Review’s future. Thank you for anything you feel able to give!


SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF NEW WELSH REVIEW

Photo: Celebrations at our 100th issue party, Hay Festival, 2013.

We urgently need to raise £14,000 in order for New Welsh Review (Wales’ foremost literary magazine in English) to keep thriving, following funders’ cuts of over £17,000: a 20% reduction. Any extra funds raised will provide much-needed stability in an era where funding for the arts and independent publishing is in sharp decline.  

“There is no more engrossing way to take part in contemporary Welsh literature than to read New Welsh Review.” - Horatio Clare

Here at New Welsh Review, we’re sadly not immune to cuts in the arts and humanities across the UK. Last year, we received a double blow: a £5,000 reduction (10% below our budget forecasts) in annual funding from our core sponsors, Books Council of Wales (BCW), as well as a cut of £11,000 from our academic host, Aberystwyth University. 

What Does New Welsh Review Deliver?

New Welsh Review has been central to a thriving and innovative creative and review culture in Wales for over thirty years. Annually, we publish three print editions of the English-language magazine, New Welsh Reader, along with six e-editions. Since 2015, we have also run our writer development initiative, the New Welsh Writing Awards, in partnership with Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd, Gladstone’s Library and Curtis Brown literary agency. We exist to discover, promote and celebrate the writers of tomorrow as well as established voices in Wales and beyond. But it is our readers that form the heart of our community, and it is to you that we appeal now.

According to our 2018 readers’ survey, 76% of our estimated 1,250 readership reside in Wales with a remarkable 40% of our readers working in the creative arts. New Welsh Review is of paramount importance to the cultural ecology of Wales. We work tirelessly to promote the contributors and the magazine, including in partnership with literary festivals. In 2019 alone, we delivered events, workshops or talks in Aberystwyth, Newport, Crickhowell, Hay, Penarth, Swansea and at Gregynog Hall.  

Photo: Mark Blayney and Andrew Green look over the Summer 2018 issue at the New Welsh Writing Awards ceremony, Hay Festival, 2018. 

“New Welsh Review is a magazine of high integrity: elegantly designed, well-produced and edited with rare intelligence and commitment. Anyone seriously interested in art and literature should read it.” – Publisher, London Review of Books, Nicholas Spice

Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review says:

"I love writers, but I really cherish readers. The utmost reading experience is what my editorship is about. The experience I have as a literary translator and book editor feeds into every line. I commission and craft pieces that last, whether in fine prose or videos with striking visuals and clever storyboards. I’m not interested in stuff made to get zapped into the trash file. The images and voices from literature that live on in our minds were crafted, and I want to add the Welsh (as well as the British and European and the female) dimension to that store of treasures every young person anywhere deserves to draw on throughout their lives. 

A magazine is not just about the architecture but also the household. I am enormously proud to work alongside authors at the top of their game, such as Philip Gross, Gwyneth Lewis, Rory MacLean, Robert Minhinnick, Fflur Dafydd and Patrick McGuinness. To spot and welcome emerging writers who have gone on to be prize winners, including Crystal Jeans, Eluned Gramich, Mari Ellis Dunning and Alys Conran. To give our prose – such as work by Cynan Jones and Peter Goulding – international wings through negotiating rights with journals such as The New Yorker or the Times Literary Supplement. To nurture a much enhanced female contributor list. To make multilingual writers feel at home and in communion. To run a bijou book imprint, offering even longer shelf-life. To open up our offices to disadvantaged, talented students from across Wales, giving them a step onto the ladder and doing our bit in making the publishing industry that bit more diverse and less London-centric. 

Publishing is a relatively budget artform, as writing and reading are relatively cheap pastimes. All can play a fundamentally democratic role in preserving intelligent debate, upholding civilised values and championing developing literary genres. But while of course we are grateful to our core and project funders, all this thought needs love and care to thrive. To live on, such qualities require the right proportion of investment. But that is currently askew. We depend upon the love and care of individual readers and writers to help set that balance right."

The Future of New Welsh Review

Since 2018, we’ve been investing in a project to revitalise our out-dated website. Our new site will launch in the spring of 2020 with the goal of retaining subscribers and also attracting new readers and supporters. The good news is that we’re investing in our future while fighting as hard as we can to be sustainable, stay relevant and even more accessible in the dawn of this new decade. 

To make the transition to our bright future with renewed ease-of-access to our first-class content, we need your help to bridge a financial shortfall. We face serious financial challenges, and unless we fundraise to address this gap, we’ll be in a precarious position. 

We have already been fighting for over a year to stay sustainable, and have explored every possible alternative financial avenue as well as trimming costs to the bone. After unsuccessful bids last year for extra in-kind and cash support, we’re now turning to you, our supporters, friends and readers. We are determined to continue to play our part in a culture that values things that last. We will stay determined, with your belief in us, and weather the freak economic storms of these strange times. If you believe in ambitious independent publishing, the utmost reader experience, in-depth reading, curation, diversity, quality paid journalism, originality, integrity, authenticity and professionalism, reach out. This is a time to show solidarity.

Why We Need Your Support

We run a tight ship. In fact, we have recently – and very reluctantly – taken special measures to save costs by taking initiatives such as dropping one print edition, reducing our payments to contributors (aware that we are in a field where many online outlets pay their writers nothing), freezing the salaries of our three part-time staff and freelancers and reducing our digital output as well as running a stream-lined Awards programme in 2020. However, this alone is not enough.

We are grateful to be currently in receipt of core funding from Books Council of Wales, and project funding from Aberystwyth and Swansea universities as well as from an individual donor. However we will be unsustainable by summer 2020 unless we bridge this shortfall while we get ourselves onto an even keel. 

What Your Support Will Fund

We will not be relying on crowdfunded support indefinitely. Your generous support will go towards:  

“New Welsh Review gets that dynamic balance right: it looks from Wales to a wide world, defined by where it comes from, not confined by it.” - Philip Gross

Please join us and give today to keep New Welsh Review secure. 

Diolch am gefnogi cylchgrawn eangfrydig sydd yn perthyn i Gymru, â hunanieth Cymreig ac yn hybu llên a llyfrau Cymreig. Thank you for your support. 

#SecureNewWelshReview

Photo: Jem Poster speaking at our 100th issue party, Hay Festival 2013 

Images and Photos: Rebecca Ingleby Davies and Keith Morris

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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Platinum Supporter of New Welsh Review

A one-year subscription for New Welsh Review for you or a book loving friend, starting with our Summer 2020 issue, sent with a mystery copy of a recently published title from a publisher in Wales (Firefly, Honno, Parthian, Seren or University of Wales Press). We'll also add you as a platinum supporter to our new website until April 2022. Only 50 of these Rewards are available!

£5 or more

Benign Benefactor of New Welsh Review

Pledge £5 or more to be a Benign Benefactor of New Welsh Review and receive our deep gratitude in return.

£10 or more

Beloved Benefactor of New Welsh Review

A copy of the Summer 2020 edition of the New Welsh Reader for you or a book-loving friend accompanied by a personalised note from the editor, Gwen Davies.

£15 or more

Bronze Supporter of New Welsh Review

Receive a copy of the Summer 2020 edition of the New Welsh Reader for you or a book-loving friend accompanied by a personlised note from the editor, Gwen Davies. We'll also add you as a bronze supporter to our new website until April 2022.

£20 or more

Silver Supporter of New Welsh Review

A copy of the Summer 2020 edition of the New Welsh Reader for you or a book loving friend accompanied by a personlised note from the editor, Gwen Davies. We'll also add you as a silver supporter to our new website until April 2022.

£30 or more

Gold Supporter of New Welsh Review

A one-year subscription for you or a book loving friend to New Welsh Review, starting with our Summer 2020 issue, along with a personalised note from the editor, Gwen Davies. We'll also add you as a gold supporter to our new website until April 2022.

£45 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Diamond Supporter of New Welsh Review

A one-year subscription for you or a bookloving friend of New Welsh Review, starting with our Summer 2020 issue, along with a personalised note from the editor. We will print your name in the supporter page in all editions of our magazines and books published between September 2020 and April 2022, as well as on our website until April 2022.

£55 or more

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CANCELLED Create Your Own Poetry Comic

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Join Nicky Arscott on 13 November 2020 for a relaxed poetry comics workshop in Machynlleth where you will explore the relationship between words and images and create your own poetry comics using a variety of materials including monoprint, collage and ink. Nicky Arscott is an artist and poet living in mid Wales whose poetry comics have been published in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and elsewhere.

£60 or more

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CANCELLED Wales in 100 Objects Talk in Swansea

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Intimate one-hour talk (in English and Welsh) on the afternoon of Saturday 26 September in Swansea with Andrew Green, author of Wales in 100 Objects. Includes a free hardback copy of either the Welsh or English edition of Wales in 100 Objects (worth £25) plus complimentary tea and cake.

£60 or more

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CANCELLED Poetry Workshop on flight

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Two-hour workshop on Saturday 10 October in the afternoon with Matthew Francis, author of Wing (Faber, 2020) on the poetry of flight in Aberystywth, with a free hardback copy (worth £14.99) of Wing included.

£60 or more

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CANCELLED Pitching Workshop in Aberystwyth

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Two-hour group workshop on afternoon of Friday 5 July covering pitching work to magazines with New Welsh Review's Gwen Davies in Aberystwyth with a free copy of the latest edition of the New Welsh Reader (worth £6.99) included

£60 or more

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CANCELLED Pitching to Agents Workshop

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Two-hour group workshop covering best practice when submitting your work to literary agents with NWR's Julia Forster in Machynlleth on Monday 6 July 7-9pm with a free copy of the latest edition of the New Welsh Reader (worth £6.99) included. Julia has worked in publishing for over 20 years, including at a Soho-based literary agency and she now works as a freelance reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy.

£80 or more

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CANCELLED Be a Bookseller for a Day!

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Between May and November, Griffin Books will host one bookseller a month. Join the team at Penarth’s busy independent bookshop and experience life as a bookseller! You’ll serve customers, recommend books, open deliveries, restock shelves, help organise events and everything in between. You will also have the chance to take over our social media accounts for the day. If you love books, you’ll love being a bookseller!

£90 or more

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CANCELLED Translators' Workshop Welsh-English

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Two-hour small group workshop from 2pm on Saturday 14 November 2020 with editor and literary translator Gwen Davies covering the fundamental tasks of literary translation. Gwen has translated three novels by authors Robin Llywelyn and Caryl Lewis.

£150 or more

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Manuscript Assessment by Damian Gorman

Written assessments of 12 - 15 Poems or 5,000 words of prose by Damian Gorman by email. Damian is one of Northern Ireland's most versatile and successful contemporary writers. Best known as a poet, he has also written for stage, radio and television. His work has garnered awards as diverse as a Better Ireland Award and a MBE for services to the Arts. He is currently International Resident Artist at the Theatre Peacebuilding Academy.

£300 or more

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Poetry Pamphlet Surgery with Amy McCauley

Amy McCauley will read up to 20 pages of poetry and provide a constructive line-by-line commentary, as well as a 500 word report on the poems as a collection. As part of this package Amy is also offering an hour-long follow-up Skype tutorial with poets on developing their work. Amy's poetic drama Oedipa was published by Guillemot Press in 2018 and her full-length poetry collection Two Duets will be published by Henningham Family Press in 2021.

£350 or more

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Translation Manuscript Assessment Welsh-English

Translation Manuscript Assessment of first 7,500 words of your literary prose work-in-progress & synopsis by Gwen Davies (Welsh to English). Gwen will provide you with in-line comments and a two-page report plus a critique of your synopsis. Gwen is an editor, author mentor and translator with over 30 years' experience in the trade. You will need to provide both the original and the translated text.

£700 or more

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Exclusive Two-to-One Writer Feedback

Two-to-one writer feedback of the first 15,000 words of your work in progress and synopsis by both Gwen Davies and Julia Forster. A 90-minute feedback session via Skype on your prose work-in-progress. Between them, Gwen and Julia have over 50 years' experience in the publishing industry. Plus: a two-year subscription to NWR and a copy of all our Rarebyte titles in print. Includes written commentary on your work-in-progress by both Julia and Gwen

£750 or more

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Unique Reward: Bibliophile of Wales

Own the complete set of more than 50 copies of the Library of Wales (worth £400+) plus a two-year subscription to New Welsh Review. The Library of Wales series is a project encompassing the re-publication of classic Welsh literature in English, edited and selected by Dai Smith. Published titles include Border Country by Raymond Williams, Autobiography of a Super-tramp by William H. Davies and In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl by Rachel Trezise.

£1,000 or more

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Patron of New Welsh Review

Be our Patron! We will add your name, along with Professor Owen Sheers and Belinda Humfrey, as a Patron of New Welsh Review in our printed magazine editions in perpetuity and on our website.

£75 or more

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The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art

Hardback edition of The Tradition by Peter Lord published by Parthian Books (worth £40). Written for everyone with an interest in the art and history of Wales, the volume illustrates some 400 landscapes and portrait paintings, prints and sculptures. Plus: a copy of the Summer issue of the New Welsh Reader (worth £6.99).

£80 or more

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Manuscript Assessment by Cynan Jones - 3,000 Words

Only 5 spots available! Award-winning author Cynan Jones will read and assess 3,000 words of your fiction or non-fiction prose work-in-progress and provide you with in-line comments and feedback by end September. Cynan is published in 20+ countries and in many anthologies and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker. He works as a tutor with the Arvon Foundation and Literature Wales and designed CBC's acclaimed Writing Short Stories course.

£200 or more

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Poetry Pamphlet Assessment by Deryn Rees-Jones

Exclusive! Only one reward available. Poet Deryn Rees-Jones will read and assess (by email or post) fourteen of your poems-in-progress and provide you with in-line comments and feedback by June 30th. Deryn is poetry editor at Pavilion Poetry (Liverpool University Press).

£300 or more

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Manuscript Assessment by Gwen Davies

Only three spots available! Gwen Davies will read and assess the first 15,000 words of your fiction or non-fiction prose work-in-progress and synopsis and provide you with in-line comments and a two-page report plus a critique of your synopsis. Gwen is an editor, author mentor and translator with over 30 years' experience in the trade who has nurtured talent including Cynan Jones, Hannah Engelkamp and Tristan Hughes.

£300 or more

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Manuscript Assessment by Julia Forster

Only two spots available! Julia Forster will read and assess the first 15,000 words of your fiction or non-fiction prose work-in-progress and synopsis and provide you with in-line comments and a two-page report plus a critique of your synopsis. Julia is an award-winning author of two books, and a reader/mentor for The Literary Consultancy, London. She served on the Literature Wales bursaries panel for six years.

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