Select Bibliography of Welsh Culture


John Harris,  ed.,  A Bibliographical Guide to Twenty-Four Modern Anglo-Welsh Writers
(UWP, 1994)

John Harris et al, ed. Annual bibliography of Welsh Writing in English in Tony Brown, ed., Welsh Writing in English: a Yearbook of Critical Essays (New Welsh Review, 1995- )

Meic Stephens, ed., Literature in Twentieth-Century Wales:  A select bibliography (British Council, 1995)

The Welsh Studies sections of the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), available in CDRom and On-line forms.


Reference Works

Meic Stephens, ed., The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (UWP, 1998)

John Rowlands and Glyn Jones, Profiles (Gomer, 1980) 

John Davies, Menna Baines, Nigel Jenkins and Peredur Lynch,eds,. The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales(University of Wales Press, 2008)

Ray Keenoy, Rhian Reynolds, and Sioned Puw Rowlands, eds.,The Babel Guide to Welsh Fiction (Boulevard Books, 2008)



Dannie Abse, ed., Anglo-Welsh Poetry in the Twentieth Century (Seren, 1997)

Jan Aaron, ed., A  View Across the Valley: Stories by Women from Wales (1850-1950) (Honno, 1999)

Jane Aaron and Ursula Masson, eds., The Very Salt of Life: Welsh Women's Political Writings from Chartism to Suffrage (Honno, 2007)

Tony Curtis, ed., Coal: An Anthology of Mining (Seren, 1997)

Tony Curtis, ed., After the First Death: An Anthology of Wales and War in the Twentieth Century (Seren, 2007)

James A. Davies, ed., The Heart of Wales (Seren, 1994)

Grahame Davies, ed., The Chosen People: Wales and the Jews (Seren, 2002)

Raymond Garlick and Roland Mathias, eds., Anglo-Welsh Poetry, 1480-1980 (Seren, 1982)

Katie Gramich & Catherine Brennan, eds., Welsh Women's Poetry 1460-2001:  An Anthology (Honno Classics, 2003)

Leigh Verrill-Rhys, Deirdre Beddoe, eds., Parachutes and Petticoats: Welsh Women Writing on the Second World War (Honno, 1992)

Elin ap Hywel, ed., Luminous and Forlorn: Contemporary Short Stories by Women from Wales (Honno, 1994)

David Lloyd, ed., The Urgency of Identity: Contemporary English-Language Poetry from Wales (Northwestern University Press, 1994)

Robert Minhinnick, ed., Poetry Wales: Forty Years (Seren, 2005)

Alun Richards, ed., The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories (Penguin, 1976)

Alun Richards, ed., The New Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories (Penguin, 1993)

Meic Stephens, ed., The Bright Field: an anthology of contemporary poetry from Wales (Seren, 1991)

Meic Stephens, ed., The Book of Wales (Dent, 1987)

Meic Stephens, ed., Poetry 1900-2000 (Library of Wales Series) (Parthian, 2007)

Amy Wack and Graham Davies, eds., Oxygen: new poets from Wales (Seren, 2000)

Gareth Williams, ed., Sport: A Literary Anthology (Library of Wales Series) (Parthian 2007)



Dafydd Johnston,  The Literature of Wales  (UWP, 1994)

Roland Mathias,  Anglo-Welsh Literature:  an Illustrated History (Seren,  1986)


Key Critical Series

Jane Aaron, Brec’hed Piette, and Siân Rhiannon Williams, eds., Gender Studies in Wales (UWP)

R.Brinley Jones and Meic Stephens, eds.,  Writers of Wales  (UWP)

J.P.Ward, ed., The Border Lines Series  (Seren)

M.W.Thomas, ed., Writing Wales in English (UWP)


Important Periodicals

(Complete runs in Swansea University library)

The Welsh Outlook


The Welsh Review

Dock Leaves/ The Anglo-Welsh Review


Poetry Wales

Book News from Wales/ Llais Llyfrau

The New Welsh Review

Welsh Writing in English: a Yearbook of Critical Essays



Tony Conran,  Welsh Verse (Seren,  1992)

Joseph P. Clancy,  Twentieth-Century Welsh Poetry  (Gomer, 1982)

Joseph P. Clancy, Essays on Poetry and Translation (1999)

Joseph P. Clancy, Medieval Welsh Poems (Four Courts Press, 2003)

Menna Elfyn & John Rowlands,, eds., The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry: 20th-Century Welsh-Language Poetry in Translation, (Bloodaxe, 2003)

Robert Minhinnick, The Adulterer’s Tongue (Carcanet, 2003)

For full bibliography of Welsh-English translation, see the relevant chapter in M. Wynn Thomas, Corresponding Cultures (see below); and also the entries in Peter France, ed., The Oxford Companion to Literature in English Translation (Oxford University Press, 2000)


The Welsh Language and its Literature

Rhian Andrews, Welsh Court Poems (Library of Medieval Welsh Literature Series) (UWP, 2007)

Janet Davies,  The Welsh Language (UWP, 1993)

John Aitchison and Harold Carter,  A Geography of the Welsh Language, 1961-1991 (UWP, 1994)

Clive Betts,  Culture in Crisis: the Future of the Welsh Language (Ffynnon Press, 1976)

Mererid Hopwood, Singing in Chains: Listening to Welsh Verse (Gomer, 2004)

Geraint H Jenkins, ed., The Welsh Language Before the Industrial Revolution (A Social History of the Welsh Language Series) (UWP, 1997)

Geraint Jenkins and Mari A. Williams, eds., ‘Let’s Do Our Best For the Ancient Tongue’the Welsh Language in the Twentieth Century (UWP, 2000)

Dafydd Johnson, A Guide to Welsh Literature, 1900-1986) (UWP, 1998)

Meic Stephens, ed., The Welsh Language Today (Gomer, 1973)

Ned Thomas The Welsh Extremist: A Culture in Crisis (New Edition) (Y Lolfa 1991)

Eryn White, The Welsh Bible: A History (Tempus Publishing, 2007) 


Critical Studies

Jane Aaron, Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Nation, Gender, and Identity (Gender Studies in Wales Series) (UWP, 2007)

Sam Adams, ed., Seeing Wales Whole (UWP, 1998)

Kirsti Bohata, Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (Writing Wales in English Series) (UWP, 2004)

Tony Brown, ed,. Writers of Wales: R.S. Thomas, (UWP, 2006)

John Barnie, The King of Ashes (Gomer, 1989)

Catherine Brennan, Angers, Fantasies and Ghostly Fears: Nineteenth Century Women from Wales and English-language Poetry (UWP, 2003)

Tony Conran, The Cost of Strangeness (Gomer, 1982)

Tony Conran, Frontiers in Anglo-Welsh Poetry (UWP, 1997)

Tony Curtis, ed., Wales at War: Critical Essays on Literature and Art (Seren, 2007)

Damian Walford Davies & Lynda Pratt, eds., Wales and the Romantic Imagination (UWP, July 2007)

Hazel Walford Davies, State of Play: Four Playwrights of Wales (Gomer, 1998)

Damian Walford Davies, Presences That Disturb: Models of Romantic Identity in the Literature and Culture of the 1790s (UWP, 2002)

Moira Dearnley, Distant Fields: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Fictions of Wales (UWP, 2001)

Raymond Garlick, An Introduction to Anglo-Welsh Literature (UWP, 1972)

John Goodby and Chris Wiggington, eds., Dylan Thomas (New Casebook Series) (Palgrave, 2001)

Katie Gramich, Twentieth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Land, Gender, Belonging (Gender Studies in Wales Series) (UWP, 2007)

Katie Gramich and Andrew Hiscock, eds., Dangerous Diversity (UWP, 1998)

Ian Gregson, The New Poetry in Wales (UWP, 2007)

Jeremy Hooker,  The Presence of the Past (Poetry Wales Press, 1987)

Jeremy Hooker,  Imagining Wales (UWP, 2001)

Belinda Humfrey, ed., Fire Green as Grass (Gomer, 1995)

Emyr Humphreys, Conversations and Reflections ed by M. Wynn Thomas (UWP, 2004)

Glyn Jones, The Dragon Has Two Tongues revised edition ed, by Tony Brown (UWP, 2001)

P. Bernard Jones, Don Dale-Jones, T. H. Jones: Poet of Exile (UWP, 2001)

Stephen Knight, A Hundred Years of Fiction (Writing Wales in English Series) (UWP, 2004)

Saunders Lewis Is There An Anglo-Welsh Literature? (Cardiff Guild of Graduates, 1939)

David Lloyd, ed., Writing on the Edge; Interviews with Writers and Editors of Wales (Amsterdam/ Atlanta, 1997)

Roland Mathias, A Ride Through the Wood (Poetry Wales Press, 1985)

Ralph Maud, Where Have the Old Words Got Me? Explications of Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems, 1934-1953(UWP, 2003)

Barry Morgan, Strangely Orthodox: The Religious Poetry of R. S. Thomas (Gomer, 2006)

Linden Peach, Ancestral Lines (Seren, 1993)

Linden Peach, Contemporary Irish and Welsh Women's Fiction: Gender, Desire and Power (Writing Wales in English Series) (UWP, 2007)

Barbara Prys-Williams, Twentieth Century Autobiography (Writing Wales in English Series) (UWP, 2004)

Deryn Rees-Jones, Consorting with Angels (Bloodaxe, 2004)

Alyce von Rothkirch, Place of Wales, The - Staging Place in Contemporary Welsh Drama in English(Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2007)

Meic Stephens, ed., Rhys DaviesDecoding the Hare (UWP, 2001)

Anna-Marie Taylor, ed., Staging Wales (UWP, 1997)

M. Wynn Thomas, ed., Welsh Writing in English: A Guide to Welsh Literature, Vol 7 (UWP, 2003)

M. Wynn Thomas, Corresponding Cultures: the two literatures of Wales (UWP, 1999)

M. Wynn Thomas,  Internal Difference:  literature in twentieth-century Wales (UWP, 1991)

W.Tydeman, ed., The Welsh Connection (Gomer, 1986)

John Powell Ward, The Poetry of R. S. Thomas (Seren, 2001)

Chris Wiggington, Modernism from the Margins: The 1930s Poetry of Louis MacNiece and Dylan Thomas (Writing Wales in English Series) (UWP, 2007)

Daniel Williams and Alyce von Rothkirch, Beyond the Difference: Welsh Literature in Comparative Contexts (UWP, 2004)

Daniel Williams, ed., Slanderous Tongues: Essays on Welsh Poetry in English 1975-2005 (Seren, 2008)

Raymond Williams, Who Speaks for Wales? Nation, Culture, Identity, ed by Daniel Williams (UWP, 2003)


Inter-Cultural Studies

Susan Bassnett, ed., Studying British Cultures (Routledge, 1997)

Ian A. Bell, ed., Peripheral Visions: Images of Nationhood in Contemporary British Fiction (UWP, 1995)

Tony Brown and Russell Stephens, eds., Nations and Relations: Writing across the British Isles  (New Welsh Review, 2000)

Norman Davies, The Isles (Macmillan, 1999)

Jerry Hunter, Welsh Writing from the American Civil War: Sons of Arthur, Children of Lincoln (UWP, 2007)

Hugh Kearney, The British Isles: a History of Four Nations (CUP, 1989)

H. Gustav Klaus and S. Knight, eds., British Industrial Fictions (UWP, 2000)

Hans-Werner Ludwig and Lothar Fietz, eds., Poetry in the British Isles: Non-Metropolitan Perspectives (UWP, 1995)

E.S.Shaffer, ed., Contemporary Criticism: Vol.19.  Literary Devolution in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England(Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Lynne Pearce, ed., Devolving Identities: Feminist Readings in Home and Belonging (Ashgate, 2000).

M. W. Thomas, Transatlantic Connections: Whitman US, Whitman UK (University of Iowa Press, 2005)

Williams, Daniel, ed., Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: from Matthew Arnold to W. E. B. Du Bois (Edinburgh University Press, 2006)


Histories (particularly of modern Wales)

Matthew Cragoe, Chris Williams, eds., Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (UWP, 2007)

Matthew Cragoe, Culture, Politics and National Identity in Wales, 1832-1886 (Oxford University Press, 2004)

John Davies, The History of Wales [new revised edition] (Penguin, 2007)

R. R. Davies and Geraint H Jenkins, eds., From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths (UWP, 2004)

Russell Davies, Secret Sins: Sex, Violence and Society in Carmarthenshire1870-1920 (UWP, 1997)

Russell Davies, Hope and Heartbreak: A Social History of Wales and the Welsh 1776-1861 (UWP, 2005)

Hywel Francis and Dai Smith, The Fed: A History of the South Wales Miners (UWP, 1998)

Geraint H Jenkins, A Concise History of Wales (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Gareth Elwyn Jones, Modern Wales (Cambridge University Press, 1984)

Gareth Elwyn Jones and Dai Smith, eds., The People of Wales (Gomer, 2000)

Emrys Jones, ed., The Welsh in London 1500-2000, (UWP, 2007)

Rhiannon Mason, Museums, Nations, Identities: Wales and Its National Museums (UWP, 2007)

Peter M. Miskell, A Social History of the Cinema in Wales 1918-1951: Pulpits, Coalpits and Fleapits (UWP, 2006)

Kenneth O. Morgan, Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980 (UWP, 1981)

Jan Morris, The Matter of Wales (Oxford University Press, 1984)

Dai Smith, ed., A People and a Proletariat (Pluto Press, 1980)

Dai Smith, Wales! Wales? (Allen and Unwin, 1984)

Dai Smith, Wales: a Question for History (Seren, 1999)

Dai Smith, Aneurin Bevan and the World of South Wales (UWP, 1993)

Gwyneth Tyson Roberts, The Language of the Blue Books: The Perfect Instrument of Empire  (UWP, 1998)

Chris Williams, Democratic Rhondda: Politics and Society 1885-1951 (UWP, 1996)

Gwyn Williams, The Land Remembers (Faber, 1977)

Gwyn A. Williams, When Was Wales? (Black Raven Press, 1985)

Gwyn A. Williams, The Welsh in their History  (Croom Helm, 1982)


Women’s Studies

Jane Aaron, Teresa Rees, Sandra Betts and Moira Vincentelli, eds., Our Sisters’ Land: the Changing Identities of Women in Wales (UWP, 1994)

Karen Atkinson, Sarah Oerton, Gill Plain, eds., Feminisms on Edge: Politics, Discourses and National Identities(Cardiff Academic Press, 2000)

Deirdre Beddoe, Out of the Shadows: A History of Women in Twentieth-Century Wales (UWP, 2001)

Ralph A. Griffiths, Chris Williams, Eryn M. White, eds., A Forgotten Army: Female Munitions Workers of South Wales, 1939-1945 (Studies in Welsh History Series) (UWP, 2002)

Angela V. John, ed., Our Mothers’ Land (UWP, 1991)

Ursula Masson (ed.), Women’s rights and ‘womanly duties’: the Aberdare Women’s Liberal Association 1891–1910(South Wales Record Society, 2005)

Teresa Rees, Women and Work: Twenty-Five Years of Gender Equality in Wales (UWP, 1999)


Political Studies

David L. Adamson, Class, Ideology and the Nation (UWP, 1991)

Denis Balsom and J. Barry Jones, eds., The Road to the National Assembly for Wales (UWP, 2000)

D. Hywel Davies,  The Welsh Nationalist Party, (Croom Helm, 1982)

David Dunkerley and Andrew Thompson, eds., Wales Today (UWP, 1999)

Angela Gaffney, Remembering the Great War in Wales (UWP, 2000)

Ralph Fevre and Andrew Thompson, eds., Nation, Identity and Social Theory: Perspectives from Wales (UWP, 1999)

John Osmond, Creative Conflict: The Politics of Welsh Devolution (Gomer, 1977)

John Osmond, ed., The National Question Again (gomer, 1985)

Bridget Taylor and Katarina Thomson, eds., Scotland and Wales: Nations Again! (UWP, 1999)

Duncan Tanner, Chris Williams and Deian Hopkin, eds., The Labour Party in Wales, 1900-2000 (UWP, 2000)


Cultural Studies

Jane Aaron and Chris Williams, eds., Postcolonial Wales (UWP, 2005)

A.M.Allchin, Praise Above All: Discovering the Welsh Tradition (UWP, 1991)

Tony Curtis, ed., Wales: the Imagined Nation (Poetry Wales Press, 1985)

Oliver Davies and Fiona Davies, eds., Discovering Welshness (Gomer, 1992)

Ian Hume and W.T.R.Pryce, eds., The Welsh and Their Country (Gomer, 1986)

Emyr Humphreys, The Taliesin Tradition (Seren, 1999)

Philip Henry Jones and Eiluned Rees, eds., A Nation and its Books: A History of the Book in Wales (National Library of Wales, 1998)

Journal for the Study of British Cultures: Contemporary Welsh Culture, 12(1), 2005

R. Brinley Jones,ed., An Anatomy of Wales (Gwerin Publications, 1972)

Ned Thomas, The Welsh Extremist (Y Lolfa, 1997)

Raymond Williams, Resources of Hope (Verso, 1989)


Religious Studies

Christopher Harris and Richard Startup, The Church in Wales: The Sociology of a Traditional Institution (UWP, 1999)

Damien Llywelyn, Sacred Place, Chosen People (UWP, 1999)

D. Densil Morgan, The Span of the Cross: Christian Religion and Society in Wales, 1914-2000 (UWP, 1999)

Robert Pope, Building Jerusalem: Nonconformity, Labour and the Social Question in Wales, 1906-1939 (UWP, 1998)

Robert Pope, Seeking God’s Kingdom: the Nonconformist Gospel in Wales, 1906-1939 (UWP, 1999)

Robert Pope, ed., Religion and National Identity: Wales and Scotland, c.1700-2000 (UWP, 2001)


Visual Arts and Cinema

Iwan Bala, ed., Certain Welsh Artists: Custodial Aesthetics (Seren, 1999)

Iwan Bala, Here + Now: Essays on Contemporary Art in Wales (Seren, 2003)

Dave Berry, Wales and the Cinema: the First Hundred Years (UWP, 1991)

Tony Curtis, Welsh Painters Talking (Seren, 1991)

John Harvey, The Art of Piety: The Visual Culture of Welsh Nonconformity (UWP, 1995)

John Harvey, Image of the Invisible: the Visualization of Religion in the Welsh Nonconformist Tradition (UWP, 1999)

Anthony Jones, Painting the Dragon (National Museums and Galleries of Wales, 2000)

Peter Lord, The Aesthetics of Relevance (Gomer, 1992)

Peter Lord, Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture (Gomer, 1994)

Peter Lord, Words with Pictures - Images of Wales and Welsh Images in the Popular Press, 1640-1860 (Planet, 1995)

Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Industrial Society (UWP, 1998)

Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Imaging the Nation (UWP, 2000)

Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Medieval Vision (UWP, 2003)

Peter Lord, Winifred Coombe Tennant: A Life through Art (National Library of Wales, 2007)

Eric Rowan, Art in Wales, 1850-1980 (UWP, 1985)

Ceri Thomas, Ernest Zobole: A Life in Art (Seren, 2007)

Jeni Williams, ed., Sideways Glances: Trefn 1 (Parthian, 2005)



David Owens, Cerys, Catatonia, and the Rise of Welsh Pop (Ebury Press, 2000)

Gareth Williams, Valleys of Song: Music and Society in Wales, 1840-1914 (UWP, 1998)


Wales and the World

Graham Day and Gareth Rees, eds., Regions, Nations and European Integration (UWP, 1991)

Ralph Fevre and Andrew Thompson, eds., Nation, Identity and Social Theory (UWP, 1999)

Bridget Taylor and Katerina Thompson, eds., Scotland and Wales: Nations Again? (UWP, 1999)

J.E.Caerwyn Williams, ed., Literature in Celtic Countries (UWP, 1971)

Theories of Nationalism (of relevance to Wales)

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (Verso, 1983)

Gopal Balakrishnan, ed., Mapping the Nation (Verso, 1996)

Adrian Hastings, The Construction of Nationhood (CUP, 1997)

Michael Hechter, Internal Colonialism (Routledge, 1975)

Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, The Invention of Tradition (CUP, 1983)

Tom Nairn, The Break-up of Britain (New Left Books, 1977)

Anthony Smith, Nationalism and Modernism (Routledge, 1998)


Key Web Sites

(See also Research Resources on the CREW website)   
This is the Centre’s section of the Department Web site. 
This is the Welsh Books Council site dedicated to the listing of recent and contemporary materials that can be obtained through bookshops. This site is currently developing an “archive” of online reviews of each of the books listed.  
This is the Welsh Books Council site.  An indispensable source of information about books in print. 
This is the Peter Finch site and one of the largest gateways to the field. 
The site of the Department of Books and Manuscripts, National Library of Wales. 
A site constructed by a former MA in Modern Welsh Writing in English student at Swansea. 
The site of Academi, the premier organization for literary promotions in Wales. 
A new AHRB-funded gateway to scholarship in Welsh studies that is currently under construction.


Additional Bibliographical Resources

Bibliography of Wales (1985/86 - 1994)
UWS Library Call Number: W/Z2071.B31 (Level 1)
This includes periodical articles and books.

For the years from 1985 onwards this takes the place of Subject Index to Welsh Periodicals and Bibliotheca Celtica listed below.   

The Bibliography should also be available electronically on the National Library of Wales Web site 
(The bibliography is no longer being published in printed form.)

Bibliotheca Celtica 
W/Z2071 BIB (Level 1)
This was the most comprehensive bibliography of books and periodical articles dealing with Wales or written in Welsh. The work was based on items received by the National Library of Wales.

Subject Index to Welsh Periodicals
PB2101.Z71 (Level 1)
The Library has volumes covering 1931-55 and 1968-80.

An index to articles in Welsh or relating to Wales which have been published in a selection of Welsh and English periodicals published in Wales.

A bibliography of Welsh periodicals 1735-1850 
Cat. Hall Z6956.W2
National Library of Wales, 1993

Libri Walliae: a catalogue of Welsh books and books printed in Wales, 1546-1820
Cat. Hall Z2072 REE 
National Library of Wales, 1987  
Also at Z2072 REE on Level 1
This lists nearly 6,000 books and is the most comprehensive listing of books published in Wales up to 1820. It includes title, author and date indexes.

Cat. Hall Z6956.W2 JON
This includes as full a list as possible of past and present Welsh newspapers, together with their locations