The Old Red Tongue – a new anthology of Welsh literature published

The Old Red Tongue – a new anthology of Welsh literature published

The Old Red Tongue a anthology of over 300 texts – poems, plays, memoirs, essays, extracts from novels and short stories, hymns, eulogies, elegies, medieval prose, political and theological commentaries – from nearly 200 writers covering every period from the 6th century to the present day, has been published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Published as as part of the Francis Boutle Lesser Used Languages of Europe series, the anthology includes selections from poets of 'the Old North' (present day Cumbria and the Lowlands of Scotland) where the first Welsh poetry was written, extracts from the Mabinogion, poems by Dafydd ap Gwilym – generally regarded as the greatest Welsh poet of all time – as well often neglected writers of the 16th and 17th centuries, such as Lewys Morgannwg and William Salesbury.

In the 20th century, nearly 100 writers are represented –  including Kate Roberts, Saunders Lewis, Kitchener Davies, Caradog Prichard, and contemporary writers such as Wiliam Owen Roberts, Mererid Hopwood, Menna Elfyn, Bobi Jones, Gwyneth Lewis and Alan Llwyd. Welsh texts are followed by English translations and many have been translated into English for the first time.  

Edited by Gwyn Griffiths and Meic Stephens, the anthology aims to introduces readers to the riches of Welsh literature.

Further details regarding The Old Red Tongue can be found here.

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