Even though BBC Wales always seem proud to show their support for the nepotism that’s been going on for years at Literature Wales it seems they had no choice but to report this:
“An organisation that promotes and develops reading and writing is to have its funding and responsibilities cut following a critical report.
The board of Literature Wales has been described as “lacking the skills and experience” to spend public money.
The Welsh Government-commissioned report was written by Professor Medwin Hughes.
Literature Wales said it would give the report “careful and thorough consideration.”
The findings include:
- There was no evidence of strong governance at Literature Wales
- A feeling among respondents that there was a culture of “entitlement”
- Literature Wales did not contain the right composition of skills and experience to run a body spending public money
- Its mission and goals were “unrealistic and vague”
Literature Wales was created in 2011 following a merger of various organisations and had an income of around £1.2m last year, including £717,000 from the Welsh Government via the Arts Council of Wales.
Following the publication of the report on Tuesday, the economy minister Ken Skates announced that several responsibilities will now transfer from Literature Wales to the Welsh Books Council.
Literature Wales will retain control of the Ty Newydd writing centre in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd and some events and festivals.
Mr Skates said the changes were in “response to specific needs in a specific area of activity”.
“They are not a reflection on the wider work of the arts council and my appreciation of the good work that Literature Wales has delivered in some areas,” he added.
“However, I am persuaded that these steps are needed to create a support structure for publishing and literature that is more effective and fit for purpose.”
‘Challenging and far-reaching’
A spokeswoman for Literature Wales said: “The Welsh Government’s Independent Review of Support for Publishing and Literature in Wales presents a number of recommendations which will require careful and thorough consideration.
“We look forward to reading the report in full and working with colleagues in Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Books Council to ensure that literature in all its forms continues to be accessible to a wide range of communities and individuals throughout Wales.”
A spokesman for the Arts Council of Wales, which provides most of Literature Wales’s funding, said: “This is a very substantial report that has drawn on the views of a large number of individuals and organisations.
“With some 60 recommendations, the report deserves detailed and careful consideration.
“Some of the headline recommendations are challenging and far-reaching.
“The report proposes a change of approach and we must consider whether an alternative strategy is likely to deliver better results. We expect to reach our initial conclusions when the council meets in early July.”
Since it was established in 2011, Literature Wales has awarded nearly half a million pounds in bursaries to writers and helped organise big events like the recent Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl celebrations.“
It’s that time of the year again. When the unelected people who give your taxpayers money to their friends and family give even more of it to even more of their friends and family and even charge you for the privilege of watching them rub their greedy little hands together. This year it seems that a number of University Professors have fallen on hard times as well as the usual suspects like Owen ‘bad boy’ Sheers, ‘Gross Writer’, ‘Horrid Henry’ and ‘Gloating Gower’.
This year, in Pulp of the Year 2016 the nominees are: Philip Gross (previous parasite), Paul Henry (bursary regular – £6,425), Stephen Payne (Professor who needs the cash?), Kate Hamer (bursary score – £5,000), Thomas Morris (lives in Dublin but still got a ticket), Owen Sheers (more public cash thrown at him than any other shit writer?), Jasmine Donahaye (Cash score – £20,000+), Eluned Gramich (other public money – £1,000), Daniel G. Williams (Professor who needs more cash), Mererid Hopwood (bursary score – £6,000), Gruffudd Owen (Arts Council Trougher), Cen Williams (big jobs for the boys), Jon Gower (bursary score – £8,000), Caryl Lewis (Wales Literature Exchange), Dewi Prysor (was interesting until he made this list), Simon Brooks (bursary score – £2,003), Gruffydd Aled Williams (another hard-up Professor) and Emyr Glyn Williams.
Literature Wales have a crap website, and they’ve been letting it run down since it’s new CEO came to power. So, it’s no surprise that now (in these times of austerity) they choose to use this ruse as a means of dishing out some cash to someone they know.
Apparently, they are: seeking an agency (i.e. one of their ‘friends’) to design and build a new public website to replace its main corporate site, which was paid for out of public money not so long back but has been neglected by it’s overpaid and underworked staff.
The new website will also incorporate a number of existing project sites (i.e. more useless crap that Literature Wales use as shell companies to dish out yet more of your taxpayers cash to their ‘friends’), either as microsites or as pages within the main site. The new website will need to be fully bilingual in Welsh and English. All copy (i.e. badly written made up nonsense) and imagery will be provided by Literature Wales.
To request a copy of the brief and for information on how to apply, contact Literature Wales, or just ring your ‘friends’. I wonder how much more of taxpayers money they will waste on this rubbish? (i.e. an innovative recycling of public funds scheme).
Did you hear about the poor old writers who are now quaking in their Hunters on their farms bought by us the taxpayer? Well, it seems that the times of cash for crap – or to put it another way, money for nothing could soon be over.
Thanks to the cuts at Cardiff council they now can’t afford to give money away to an arts establishment that already gets millions from the taxpayer in order to help finance the Cardiff Poetry competition. Not that it was much of a competition in the first place, with nearly all winners being ex-students of the various universities anyway, and very few of the winning poems being any good.
But one must ask why Literature Wales still can’t run a poetry competition? How many people does it take for God’s sake! One useless bimbo to open the envelopes, one to bank the cheques and one to divide the poems up into two piles – ‘my friends’ and the rest. Then pay a judge no-one has ever heard of to pick a pile of rubbish as winners from the ‘my friends’ list. Easy.
Dylan Thomas was a great poet and short story teller – one of the best Wales has ever produced. In fact his begging letters for money were legendary! But, in these difficult times should the WAG be giving millions to the arts council to dish out to their friends in order to ‘celebrate’ the poet’s birth?
If you do a random search of the internet you find lots of ‘projects’ where millions of pounds is to be given to the usual hangers-on in order to remind us all how good DT was.
Here’s just a few:
Oh yes and who is getting paid with your taxpayers money to be involved in all this? Yes, you guessed it, the same old names and faces. You know, the ones you see on the bursary list etc.
Owen Sheers, Gillian Clarke, Joe Dunthorne, Bethan Gwanas, Carol Ann Duffy, Martin Daws, Huw Stephens (Meic Stephens‘ son), Andrew Davies, Clare Potter, Gwyneth Lewis, Huw Williams, Dan Anthony, Jemma L King, Cynan Jones, Eurig Sailsbury, Phillipa Davies and many more.