Following a vote of Society of Authors members in Wales, we welcome Alun Gibbard to the SoA in Wales steering committee.
Alun will work with existing committee members Paula Brackston (chair), Helen Docherty, Philip Gross, Alison Layland and Christopher Meredith on building a Society of Authors community in Wales and providing professional advice and support for Welsh writers at all stages of their career, whether they write in English or Welsh.
Alun Gibbard has been writing for a living for the last 14 years. He has published 36 books, in Welsh and English. These are predominantly non-fiction, including some co-written life stories of Welsh people prominent in sport, music, broadcasting, politics and acting, as well as books on aspects of social and political history. Alun has published one novel in Welsh and is working on his first English one. He has been published by Y Lolfa, Graffeg, Headline and has self-published one book. Prior to his career as an author, he worked in broadcasting for 26 years as producer and presenter, on TV and radio, in Wales and England, in Welsh and in English, for the BBC, ITV and S4C. He has written for magazines, mainly Golwg, for which he has written over a thousand stories for them. Alun has also contributed to the Western Mail. He has five current book commissions and one proposal in discussion with a new publisher.
Commenting, Alun said:
A big thank you for the votes – I’m so chuffed to be joining the Society of Authors in Wales committee! The SoA have been extremely supportive of me since I became a member and I now look forward to being a part of the process of giving that support to authors in Wales.
The Society of Authors in Wales is the national group for members living and writing in Wales, in Welsh and English. Formed in 2018, we bring together members through our regular events and workshops, and build community through our growing number of local groups across the country.