Developments at Gomer Press, BCW Response

11 Sep 2019

The Books Council of Wales is aware of Gomer Press’s decision to stop commissioning new titles.

Gomer has made a considerable contribution to Welsh publishing. It is home to some of our most distinguished authors and our most noteworthy titles. Whilst we are very disappointed with this development, we’re pleased that Gomer will continue to take care of the thousands of titles and important authors which comprise their backlist and ensure that popular titles remain in print. We will continue to work with Gomer Press over the coming months to ensure that the books which received a grant are published or reassigned. Meanwhile the Distribution Centre will continue to act as Gomer Press’s distributor and fulfil any orders as usual.

The publishing sector in Wales is constantly evolving and we have every faith in the talent and drive publishers offer; the exciting new developments in the magazine sector, books for learners (Amdani), children and young people and self-help books (Reading Well) are all testament to that.

We will be looking at the opportunities this development offers to other publishers, new and old, and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the publishing offered in Wales goes on to be as vibrant as it has been over the last few years.

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