Mairwen Jones, former Director of Publishing at Gomer Press, is the guest speaker at this year’s World Book Day Lecture to be held on Wednesday, 5 March, at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay.
Mairwen spent 17 years at Gomer, specifically working on children’s books, including setting up the company’s Pont imprint for English-language children’s books from Wales. She currently works as a freelance editorial and training consultant, training the next generation of book editors. In her speech, entitled ‘Darllen mwy nag erioed /Reading more than ever’, Mairwen will take as her starting point the research published by Beaufort in 2013 into the reading and book-buying habits of Welsh speakers. The research demonstrated that readers in Wales are currently reading more frequently than was the case in previous years. Mairwen will give an insight on how the publishing industry – as well as the education sector – can further develop Wales’s reading habits for years to come. "It is an honour to be invited to deliver this year’s World Book Day Lecture," said Mairwen. "With recent research showing that the people of Wales are reading more than ever, it seems both appropriate and necessary to ask what, exactly, people are reading – and why? And what will they want to read in the future, if reading still forms part of their leisure pursuits?" The World Book Day Lecture is an annual event organised by the Welsh Books Council, and is one element of the wider celebrations to note World Book Day, held this year on 6 March. The lecture will be attended by representatives from several major bodies and establishments in Wales, including universities, libraries, the education sector and corporate organisations. Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: "World Book Day is now established as a major event in the annual calendar. The publishing industry, schools, colleges and libraries throughout Wales will be joining in the celebrations by organizing reading activities for children and young people. It is, therefore, appropriate that the World Book Day lecture will address children's books, and we are delighted that Mairwen Jones – who has extensive experience in the field – has agreed to deliver an address on this theme. We are well aware of the fact that, by encouraging children to read, we are creating the next generation of readers." The event is sponsored by Huw Lewis AM, and generously supported by Mererid and Angharad Puw Davies in memory of their parents, Roger and Catrin Puw Davies, who contributed so much to the book industry in Wales over many years. World Book Day 2014 will be held on Thursday 6 March, with many exciting events and activities taking place across Wales. To find out more, please go to http://readingwales.org.uk or follow us on Facebook Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day and Twitter DYLLcymWBDwales #dathludarllen/#lovetoread