Meet Us


Gwen Davies, Editor

Gwen Davies grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire, England. Her translations are the novels Martha, Jack and Shanco (Caryl Lewis, Parthian, 2007) and The Jeweller (Caryl Lewis, forthcoming). She is the co-translator, with the author, of Robin Llywelyn's White Star (Parthian, 2003). She is the editor of Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark and Chilling Tales (Seren, 2010), an anthology of spooky contemporary stories based on myth, folk and fairytale by the authors of Wales. She lives in Aberystwyth with her husband and teenage son and daughter.Gwen became editor of New Welsh Review in 2011.

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Maisie Baynham, Finance and Administrative Officer

Maisie came to Aberystwyth in 2006 to study Drama and Scenography at Aberystwyth University. Like many students, she has since found it very hard to leave. Since graduating she has worked with various welsh theatre companies, including National Theatre Wales and most notably as a founding member for Theatre Run Amok. She first came to New Welsh Review as a Marketing Assistant under a GoWales placement, and since September 2014 she has been the Finance and Administrative Officer, working part-time two days a week on Mondays and Tuesdays. When she’s not at New Welsh Review, Maisie works in theatre as a stage manager and lighting designer.

Julia Forster, Marketing and Publicity Officer

Julia has worked in many different contexts within the publishing industry including stints in the marketing departments at Barefoot Books, Alastair Sawday Publishers, Dorling Kindersley and BCA. She also spent two years working in a literary agency in London selling foreign rights. Her first book, Muses: Revealing the Nature of Inspiration, was published in 2007. She moved to Wales in 2010 with her young family and joined as New Welsh Review's Marketing and Publicity Officer in January 2013, working part-time. When she's not at New Welsh Review, Julia is finishing her first novel and she also sits on the Bursaries Panel at Literature Wales.

The Management Board

Glyn Mathias, Chair

Glyn Mathias has spent a career lasting more than thirty years in journalism, working as Political Editor for ITN at Westminster and Political Editor for BBC Wales in Cardiff. He went on to become an inaugural member of the Electoral Commission, serving as the Commissioner for Wales from 2001-2008. He is chair of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Wales as well as a member of the Ofcom Content Board. From 2005-2011, he was chair of the Roland Mathias Prize Committee. He lives in Brecon.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green read Classics at Cambridge before coming to Wales to train as an academic librarian in 1973. He worked in university libraries in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Sheffield and Swansea and in 1998 Andrew was appointed as the ninth Librarian of the National Library of Wales, a post from which he retired in March 2013.

Andrew has also served on many information and educational bodies, including the Council of Aberystwyth University, the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council and the Legal Deposit Libraries Committee. A fluent Welsh speaker, he has published widely in both English and Welsh. In September 2014 Parthian Books will publish his book In the chair: how to guide groups and manage meetings. In 2004 Andrew chaired the first strategic body concerned with the promotion of Welsh medium teaching in higher education institutions.

In 2013 Andrew was elected a Fellow of Cymdeithas Ddysgedig Cymru / The Learned Society of Wales. He is also a member of the panel of ‘Speakers for Schools’, a charity established by Robert Peston to encourage students in state schools to develop high aspirations.

Gwen Davies, Editor

See biography above.

Richard Marggraf Turley

Richard Marggraf Turley is Professor of Engagement with the Public Imagination at Aberystwyth University. In 2007, he won the Keats-Shelley Prize for poetry, and in 2010, the Wales Book of the Year “People’s Choice” (Media Wales) award. He was a member of the English panel of judges for the 2013 Wales Book of the Year. Richard is author of several studies of Romanticism and political culture. His novel, The Cunning House – a crime thriller set in the Romantic period – will be published in early 2015, along with a co-authored book on food security, Food and the Literary Imagination.

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Megan Farr

Passionate about promoting literature, Megan Farr has many years experience in a variety of PR, marketing and communications roles in publishing and for literature charities, successfully promoting writers and illustrators to different audiences. Megan currently works as a Project Manager at Literature Wales and has previously worked for Booktrust and YA and children’s publishers Hot Key Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Little Tiger Press and Barefoot Books. She recently moved to Penarth with her young family.

Tracey Warr

Tracey Warr writes fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, Almodis: The Peaceweaver (Impress, 2011), set in 11th century France and Spain, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative and received a Santander Research Award. Her second historical novel, The Viking Hostage (Impress, 2014), is set in 10th century France and Wales. She is working on a new future fiction novel set in 2200, drawing on the estuaries land and seascapes of Carmarthen Bay. Her writing on contemporary artists has been published by Phaidon, Merrell, Black Dog, Palgrave and Manchester University Press. She reviews for Times Higher Education and is a member of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways Advisory Group. She was Senior Lecturer in contemporary art and theory at Oxford Brookes University and Dartington College of Arts, and Fine Art Guest Professor at Bauhaus University, Weimar.

Laura Farrow, Treasurer

The Editorial Board

Glyn Mathias, Chairman

See biography above.

Amy McCauley, Poetry Editor (Submissions)

Amy grew up in Warwickshire and North Yorkshire. After leaving school she worked various jobs – bar tender, life model, cleaner, waitress. Then she went completely off the rails and took a degree in English Literature at Hull. She has since completed the MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is now in the final stages of a PhD.Amy’s poetry has appeared widely in UK magazines and anthologies, including New Welsh Review, The North, The Poetry of Sex, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, The Stinging Fly and Tears in the Fence. In 2014 her pamphlet Slops was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Prize and her full-length play My Baby Girl premiered in Manchester. Amy is currently writing a collection of poems called Auto-Oedipa which re-imagines the Oedipus myth. She lives in Aberystwyth.

Richard Gwyn

Richard Gwyn is director of the Creative Writing programme at Cardiff University. Poet, academic, critic, novelist and nonfiction author, his memoir The Vagabond's Breakfast (Alcemi) is a nominee for the Wales Book of the Year award, 2012.

Gwen Davies, Editor

See biography above.

Richard Marggraf Turley

See biography above.

Sioned Puw Rowlands

Sioned Puw Rowlands graduated in Philosophy and Modern Languages from New College, Oxford and has a M.St. in Slavonic Studies and a D.phil in the field of comparative literature from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She worked as Literary Translation Development Office for the Arts Council of Wales before moving to the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture at Aberystwyth University where she currently directs the Wales Literature Exchange programme. She was one of the founders of Literature Across Frontiers, the European platform for policy debate, literary exchange and translation, and Transcript, the trilingual online review for books and writing in translation in Europe.

She was co-editor of the Welsh-language cultural review, Tu Chwith, between 1996 and 1999. Publications include a collection of short stories, which won the Urdd Eisteddfod Literature Medal in 1996, The Babel Guide to Welsh Literature (as one of three co-editors), and a critical study of ideology and the aesthetic in the essays of Twm Morys, Václav Havel and Bohumil Hrabal with University of Wales Press.

Claire Flay-Petty

Claire Flay-Petty’s monograph Dorothy Edwards was published by the University of Wales Press in 2009, followed shortly by an edited edition of Edwards’ 1928 novel Winter Sonata in Honno’s classics series. She has worked mainly in the higher education sector since receiving a PhD from the University of Glamorgan in 2009, apart from a spell as Publishing Grants Officer for the Welsh Books Council in Aberystwyth. Claire currently works in learning and teaching enhancement at Cardiff Metropolitan University and teaches Welsh Writing in English at the University of South Wales. A Welsh language learner, she lives in Bridgend with her husband and two young daughters.

Tracey Warr

See biography above.

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