Almanac: The Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English is a stimulating academic journal featuring new research by established and emerging critics in the field.
Almanac aims to engage in a lively and informed way both with the Welsh literary past and with contemporary writing, looking towards the future and outwards towards the rest of the world.
This edition includes two incisive and innovative essays on the towering figure in modern Anglophone Welsh poetry, R. S. Thomas, relating his work to that of W. B. Yeats and to Irish writing generally. It also offers important new critical evaluations of unjustifiably neglected literary figures, namely Hilda Vaughan, William Emrys Williams and Nigel Heseltine. The science fiction of the Welsh-language writer, Islwyn Ffowc Elis, is subjected to probing analysis, while the turn-of-the-century London-Welsh magazine, The London Kelt, reveals much about the construction of Wales in exile. Finally, the early issues of Poetry Wales are found to be more international in outlook than previously assumed. The edition also includes the indispensable annual bibliography of criticism in the field. All in all, "Almanac" continues with its mission to engage with and stimulate its readers with a range of thought-provoking and illuminating new material.
About the editor:
Katie Gramich was born in Rhydlewis, Ceredigion. Studied English and Spanish Literature at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and King's College, London, before going on to do a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, Canada. Has held academic posts at the University of Wales, Swansea; Portsmouth University; Trinity College in Carmarthen; and the Open University. Currently Chair of the Association for Welsh Writing in English and co-editor of the Honno Classics series. Her research interests are in the literature of Wales in both languages, women's writing, post-colonial and translation studies. She is currently Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University.