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Language, culture and identity in Welsh children's literature: O.M. Edwards and Cymru'r Plant 1892-1920

Rosser, Siwan Meleri ORCID: 2012. Language, culture and identity in Welsh children's literature: O.M. Edwards and Cymru'r Plant 1892-1920. Nic Congáil, Ríona, ed. Codladh Céad Bliain: Cnuasach Aistí ar Litríocht na nÓg, Baile Átha Cliath: LeabhairCOMHAR, pp. 223-251.

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The growth and range of material produced by the Welsh-language children’s book industry over the past 100 years can be viewed as a barometer of national confidence in the face of rapid social, cultural and linguistic change. In 1911, when census returns recorded that 43.5% of the population were able to speak Welsh, 25 books were published for children (Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru 1997: 15–18). A century later in 2011, the percentage of Welsh speakers is estimated to be only 20% of the population; yet 21 books for children were published during January alone. With the overall total of Welsh-language children’s books in print standing at nearly 3,000 and significant investment seen in publishing and promotion (including national book clubs, the annual Tir na n-Og prizes for children’s literature, and funding for a children’s Welsh Poet Laureate), the children’s book industry in Wales is currently enjoying a sustained period of growth and vitality unparalleled in any other area of the Welsh book industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Publisher: LeabhairCOMHAR
ISBN: 9780955721793
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:17

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