Staff costs

gt3Obviously with such a huge multi-million pound budget for Literature Wales to get rid of they can’t just give it to their friends and relatives now can they? Or can they?

Below is a short list of staff from Literature Wales. We’re sure that everyone will have heard of them as they will be working tirelessly in your local community to dish out all that cash to arts projects in your area…


Chief Executive: Lleucu Siencyn
Deputy Chief Executive: Elinor Robson
Services and Resources Manager: Petra Bennett
Accounts Support Officer: Emma Willmott
Children and Young People’s Officer: Leusa Fflur Llewelyn
Marketing and Events Officer: Branwen Mair Llewellyn
Senior Project Manager: Elena Schmitz
South Wales Valleys Literature Development Officer: Louise Richards
Project Development Officer: Catrin Davies
Director of Ty Newydd and International Development: Sally Baker
Senior Administrator at Ty Newydd: Awen Hamilton
Tŷ Newydd Centre Managers: Gavin Owen Jones and Lleucu Fflur Hughes
Personal Assistant to CEO: Natasha Withey
Business and Data Managerr: Ifan Brychan
Accounts Officer: Mary Cassar
Events and Marketing Manager: Hollie Aldridge
Events and Outreach Officer: Sarah Edmonds
Project Support Officer: Camille Léger
Project Manager: Bronwen Price
Gwynedd Literature Promoter: Gwen Lasarus James
Project Support Officer: Lisa Mair Morgan
Project Manager at Tŷ Newydd: Alys Conran
Events and Marketing Officer – Ty Newydd: Geraint Edwards

Management board

Damian Walford Davies (Chair)
Bethan M. Hughes
William Ayot
Phil Carradice
Rocet Arwel Jones
Angharad Mair
Catrin Gerallt
Angharad Wynne
Kathryn Gray
Sioned Williams

Members Committee

Catherine Merriman (Chair – English section)
Dafydd John Pritchard (Welsh Section)
Aled Lewis Evans (Welsh Section)
Cary Archard (English Section)
Dylan Foster Evans (Chair – Welsh Section)
Tom Anderson (English Section)
Gwyneth Glyn (Welsh Section)
Gillian Clarke (English Section)
Ifor Thomas (English Section)
Delyth George (Welsh Section)
Matthew Jarvis (English Section)
Kathryn Gray (English Section)
Caryl Lewis (Welsh Section)

Bursary Panel

Katie Gramich
Catherine Fisher
Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Catrin Beard
Amanda Hopkinson
Idris Reynolds

Even more
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Quite a few names to wade through we’re sure you’ll agree. Perhaps these names need to be cross-checked against the list of bursary recipients, against the judges and filter judges for the various competitions administered by Literature Wales, like Wales Book of the Year for example.

While we’re at it maybe these other household names also need investigating?

Welsh Books Council, Seren Books, Honno, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Parthian, Taliesin, Gomer, Cinnamon, Y Lolfa, Planet, Envoi and various others…

Maybe we can look at who runs courses at Ty Newydd, who gets paid to do ‘writers workshops’, who are also involved with the Welsh publishing houses, who gets published by the same magazines and book publishers, and who gets prize money from various Literature Wales sponsored competitions.

It would be so interesting to find the same names cropping up time and time again wouldn’t it? Oh yes, I forgot, they do.

8 thoughts on “Staff costs

    Claudia said:
    January 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Wow… never realised it was so bad in Wales. I thought English arts council was bad but this takes the biscuit.

    Ellie said:
    February 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Great site. I have a friend who works at LW and she would probably agree with you. The amount of money they waste is astounding. Freebies for friends, free cheese and wine etc. And always the same faces at the trough she says.

    Gwilym Thomas said:
    March 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Unbelievable stuff, but I’m not surprised really. The Taffia have been milking Wales dry for many years now. Good luck with your expose. I’ll pass on to a few people I know.

    Fransisca Holt said:
    April 15, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Why am I not surprised to learn that the Welsh taffia are creaming off a wad of money for themselves and their cronies. Fat lot of good it would be complaining to the WAG either – they are all crooks too!

    Carol Ann said:
    May 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I can’t believe no one is doing anything about these parasites. If this isn’t a BBC Panorama investigation then nothing is!!

    themindbogls said:
    May 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    You’d be surprised therefore to learn that the University at Aberystwyth has two skips parked behind the Hugh Owen library, where they are chucking away the books faster than the students can lose them… so on the one hand, we have millions being spent on producing books no-one will read, while on the other April McMahon is busily shoving them out of the back door… apart fom those with any value, that are being spirited away by the staff for the secondhand trade. Quote from Ms McMahon (Vice Chancellor) “Nobody reads books anymore.” How true!
    (Incidentally, by a remarkable coincidence the exact same line was delivered by a fictional VC of a fictional university where fictional disgruntled staff members were doing a nice fictional line in rare books ‘saved’ from the auto da fe then in progress, in an episode of the old codgers’ cop drama New Tricks. A case of ‘Ars brevis, vita longa, pehaps?)

    Ceri said:
    December 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Can’t believe there are so many jobs in this quango. What exactly do these people do all day? They certainly do nothing to promote literature in the valleys where I live. What a waste of public money!!

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