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. Gwen became editor of New Welsh Review in March 2011.

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Bronwen Williams, Finance and Administrative Officer

Bronwen Williams is currently a PhD research student working as part of the Leverhulme funded ‘Devolved Voices’ Project Team at Aberystwyth University. Her research is looking at the rise of Welsh-associated women’s poetry written in English since the devolution vote in 1997.

Having grown up in Cwmbran and Abergavenny she has lived and worked in London, Brighton, Belfast and Manchester. She received a BA (Hons) in Language and Literature from Queens University, Belfast and subsequently gained an MA from the University of Manchester (Late Victorian and Early Modern Literature: Ivor Gurney) as well as a further MA from the Metropolitan University of Leeds (Screenwriting for Film and Television).

Since then she has worked in the community education and arts sectors, and more recently in the funded literature sector, as Literature Officer in the North West of England and as Literature Adviser to the Arts Council in Ireland, alongside literature advisory panel freelance work for the then Scottish Arts Council. Before moving back to Wales to begin her PhD research she worked as freelance coordinator for the Northern Ireland Theatre Association, as well as for Publishing Northern Ireland and was the volunteer Chair for the Literature Forum in Northern Ireland.

Julia Forster, Marketing & Publicity Officer

When she’s not at New Welsh Review, Julia works freelance in marketing/PR for independent publishers and authors, most recently for Nine Arches Press. She sits on the Literature Wales writers’ bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers and is a reader for The Literary Consultancy. She runs author career workshops, and has published two books - the latest one was a novel called What a Way to Go (Atlantic Books, 2016). Photo by Alice Wendy.

The Management Board

Andrew Green, Chair, director

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, director

See biography above.

Emily Blewitt, Poetry Submissions Editor; Vice-Chair, director

Emily Blewitt is the author of This Is Not A Rescue (Seren, 2017). She has published poetry in The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Ambit, and The North, among others, and was Highly Commended in the 2016 Forward Prizes. Emily read English Language and Literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has an MA in Film and Literature from the University of York. In 2010 she returned to Wales to begin a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University, where she specialised in poetic representations of pregnancy in nineteenth-century and contemporary women’s writing, graduating in 2016. Emily has appeared at Hay Festival, on Radio 4, and participated in the Weird and Wonderful Wales project. One of her poems appears on public transport in three Chinese cities as part of a British Council initiative. Emily lives in Bridgend with her husband, Greg, and their fat black-and-white cat, Ozymandias. Photo by Michael Willett.

David Michael, Treasurer

David is Director of Corporate Resources at the National Library of Wales.

David Michael

Matthew Francis; Representative, Aberystwyth University

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Matthew is a poet, novelist and short-story author whose many titles include The Mabinogi, published by Faber, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2018.

Ali Anwar

Ali Anwar is founder of CADCentre, a company that specialises in training for young people and learning software.

Alys Conrad courtesy Parthian

Alys Conran

Alys lives in north Wales and teaches at Bangor University. Her debut novel, Pigeon (Parthian) won the overall prize and the People's Choice prize in the Wales Book of the Year Awards (English titles), 2017.

During 2017-18, the following students & recent graduates of the departments of English & Creative Writing (DECW) and the Institute of Arts & Humanities (IAH) of Aberystwyth University supported the magazine in various invaluable capacities. We thank them warmly for their work, and are delighted that many have since found permanent paid work elsewhere, aided by the employability skills gained with us. We work in partnership with GO Wales and Aberystwyth Forward at Aberystwyth University and are employers sensitive to differences including those of neurology and mental health.

Ruth Killick

Ruth handles campaigns for Atlantic, Bloomsbury, the London Review of Books, the LRB Bookshop and Cake Shop, the Adventure Travel Film Festival, Peter Owen Publishers, Sandstone Press and World Editions. She also advises individual authors on PR strategy, and lives in Tintern, south-east Wales.

Ruth Killick

New Welsh Review is hosted by Aberystwyth University's Department of English and Creative Writing, and sponsored by the university's Institute of Arts and Humanities.

It works with the university's career, accessibility and employment services, including GO Wales and Aber Forward. New Welsh Review is an employer sensitive to differences, including those of neurology and mental health. As part of our sponsorship arrangement, we supply at least 17 work placements annually for the university's current students and recent graduates, in order to improve their confidence and employability, and as part of a wider mission to enhance diversity in the UK's publishing industry.

Students and Recent Graduates for 2017-18:
Aled John; Yalan Bao; Miriam Elin Jones; Anna Lowthian; Mayoorhan Sevverlez; Kelley McKenna; Michael Reynolds; Nathanael Idundun; Michael Apichella; Lexus Ndiwe; Caitlin Hall; Marceline Barnett; Chloe Hunter; Martha Casey; Alex Hubbard; Ludivine Coste; Ollie Kipp; Mikey Jones; Steven Feeney & Ellie Howe.

The editor also warmly thanks our current poetry submissions filter Ashley Joy Owen.


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