Welsh presses debate merits of translation as number of native speakers swells

Welsh presses debate merits of translation as number of native speakers swells

Publishers in Wales are keen to up their Welsh-language output to cater to the growing number of Welsh speakers in the country and to help reinvigorate and support the Welsh literary scene. There are now close to 900,000 Welsh speakers in Wales, up from 726,600 in 2008, driven by the government’s plans to increase the number of Welsh speakers to a million by 2050. Sales of Welsh-language books are following this trajectory, with volume sales growing to 326,423 units between April 2018 and March 2019, up 3.3% year on year according to the Welsh Books Council.

Publishers including Y Lolfa, H...

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