Author of the Month

Each month on the Libraries Wales website, we will focus on an inspiring author based in or writing about Wales. You’ll have an introduction to their latest book, a short biography of the author, what inspires them to write, and any advice they have for young writers, all available in exclusive interviews which you can read here.

Since introducing this feature, some of our focused authors to date have been Jon Blake, Dai Smith, Rob Gittins, and our very own Children’s Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams.

Are you a teacher or librarian? A special flyer will be available to download and print every month based on each of our showcased authors that can be used for educational purposes.

We will focus on two authors every month writing in English and Welsh. Link to the Welsh-language Author of the Month available here.


February 1, 2021

Alex Wharton

From forgotten jellybeans to sparking daydreams, Alex’s poems, written for primary school age children, are both funny and thoughtful, and aim to spark familiarity and inclusion. The illustrations from Katy Riddell focus on the fun and dreamlike quality of the poems’ engagement with the natural world. These poems use rhyme, rhythm and free verse and […]

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January 5, 2021

David Rahman

David Rahman is a Welsh motivational speaker and mind coach, working with individual clients and through group training for business to improve self-esteem and confidence and to develop a positive mindset. He is a facilitator at workshops in this field and a keynote speaker for organisations globally. He is also the host of iTunes podcast David Rahman. In his new book ‘Let It Go,’ […]

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November 25, 2020

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is a poet and children’s author who lives in Newport, South Wales. A leading fantasy writer, her bestselling books include the Snow-Walker trilogy, the Oracle trilogy, the Incarceron series and the Chronoptika seres. She was the first Wales Young People’s Laureate. Her latest novel The Midnight Swan, is the third book in the award-winning The Clockwork Crow trilogy, and was published […]

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November 2, 2020

Richard Owain Roberts

An English Literature graduate of Manchester University and Liverpool John Moores University Writing MA, Richard’s debut novel Hello Friend We Missed You was recently announced as winner of the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2020.  ‘It took me by surprise when I read it, and it’s haunted me ever since,’ said Sam Jordison, Guardian Not […]

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September 30, 2020

Stevie Davies

‘Mark lives next door to Freya. When her husband dies, he determines on being her saviour, come what may. But as he ingratiates himself with Freya, she begins to realise that Mark’s motives might not be as compassionate as they seem. The 14th novel by the award-winning Davies is her first to be published by […]

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September 1, 2020

Jack Smylie Wild

Jack Smylie Wild, poet, nature-writer and award-winning baker, was born in Aberystwyth, raised mostly on the edge of Dartmoor, and now resides in Cardigan with his wife and young family. Jack’s new work Riverwise is a beautiful volume of river prose centred around the River Teifi. Weaving memoir, poetry and keen observation into its meandering course, it is a […]

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July 29, 2020

Emma Rea

Emma Rea graduated from St Andrews with a degree in Russian, and has worked as a magazine editor, a trader in newsprint, a book reviewer and tractor driver! She brought up her children in Powys, inspired by childhood memories of Wales and her grandmother’s stories of growing up in Mumbles. She is the author of […]

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June 26, 2020

Chloë Heuch

Too Dark to See is Chloë Heuch’s debut novel, published by Firefly Press on 2 July 2020. We caught up with Chloë, to find out what inspired her to produce this wonderful touching story for young adults … What inspired you to write this book? I lost my mum to cancer as a teenager. Losing […]

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June 17, 2020

Sam Adams

Sam Adams is a poet & author, and has written extensively on poetry and prose as both editor and critic. He is a former editor of Poetry Wales, and is the author of three monographs in the Writers of Wales series. The Road to Zarauz is a beautiful, elegiac rumination on youth, friendship and the dreams that […]

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