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More than 100 Welsh language books donated to library in England

11 Feb 2022 2 minute read
Meleri Evans from Siop Cwlwm donates Welsh books to Niki Scott and Rachel Sadler from Oswestry Library

More than 100 Welsh language books have been donated to a library in England.

The books were donated by Siop Cwlwm, which describes itself as the only Welsh book shop outside Wales.

The shop is based in Oswestry, which is four miles from Wales’ border. Lowri Roberts, co-owner of the shop said that the town in Shropshire was home to a substantial Welsh-speaking population.

However, initiatives to help libraries stock up on Welsh language books weren’t available in Oswestry as they were in Wales, creating a demand for Welsh language books.

Lowri Roberts said that handing the unsold books over to the Oswestry library would also allow Siop Cwlwm to display new ones.

“We’ll continue to work with Oswestry Library and other local companies to develop this project which will benefit the local Welsh community and promote the language for our future generations, celebrating and strengthening the unique bilingual culture that exists in Oswestry,” she said.

Siobhan Shaw, branch manager of Oswestry Library, said: “We are enormously grateful for this generous donation from Siop Cwlwm to enrich the Welsh language provision at the library and to support the local community.

“It has been wonderful to see the books enjoyed by our Welsh-speaking patrons, and even by those who are learning the language and want to practice. The whole collection is available for free loan to anyone with a Shropshire Library card.”

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Mwyalch Cilgwri
Mwyalch Cilgwri
2 years ago

Da iawn, Siop Cwlwm!

The public libraries of Merseyside have extensive holdings of Welsh books collected over many years. The great pity is that libraries everywhere are divesting themselves of lesser used books, just have a look at the listings of well known online second-hand book stores, largely populated by ex-library stock.

The important thing for minority Welsh communities outside Wales is, as always everywhere, use them or lose them!


Ed Jones
Ed Jones
2 years ago

What a lovely gesture, da iawn Meleri!

2 years ago

Great news . When i chaired the Offas

Dyke Path’ Local Authority Liaison Committee we held one of our three meetings per year there.

The staff fully understood bilingualism, spoke Welsh and had a host of bilingual
community notices displayed.

There was a welsh books section also.

Those hostile to Wales support for the border link road we all use – take note !

2 years ago
Reply to  Richard

And the two Oswestry Councillors on the Board ? Well both locally born in Oswestry area and yes both spoke street Welsh ..

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