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Representative passages spanning the fifty and more years of Emyr Humphreys' career as Wales's premier novelist

Published as a tribute to EMYR HUMPHREYS on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday

A LANDMARK QUALITY PRODUCTION to mark a landmark cultural event, Welsh Time traces the arc of an individual human life from childhood to old age and outlines the author's singular vision of the historical development of his country during the twentieth century. The book is inclusive in its scope, reflecting rural and urban experience, the impact of two World Wars, the inheritance from the past, the challenges of the modern, and relationships between the two cultures that are the carriers of modern Welsh identity.

The eight lithographs produced by Paul Croft to illustrate the book depict a series of changing scenes (suggesting the passage of time) set against a constant and timeless landscape. Inspired by the writings of Emyr Humphreys, they were drawn on stone using lithographic pencil and printed in two runs, black over light cream. They are based in part on the beach and headland at Tan y Bwlch in Aberystwyth.

M.Wynn Thomas, Ann Ffrancon, Anthony Harvey from Gwasg Gregynog at the launch of 'Welsh Time' in the National Library of Wales, 20 April 2009
Launch of \'Welsh Time\'
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Emyr Humphreys is universally acknowledged to be the major English-language novelist of Wales. During the second half of the twentieth century he produced an innovative body of work renowned for its range as well as for its quality, and he has continued since the millennium to display a remarkable creative energy. Along with more than twenty novels, the portfolio of his achievements includes poetry, short stories, cultural histories, television films and radio dramas. He was awarded several of the UK's leading literary prizes at the very outset of his career, and over the last quarter of a century he has repeatedly been the recipient of the Welsh Arts Council's most prestigious honours. A confirmed Europhile, but passionately devoted to Wales's distinctive cultural heritage, he is the supreme contemporary example of a Welsh Internationalist, as was confirmed by the recent translation into German of his classic novella, A Toy Epic.

M. Wynn Thomas is Professor of English and Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, Swansea University. He is the author of more than twenty scholarly studies, in both Welsh and English, that explore both the poetry of the USA and the two literatures of Wales. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, is an Honorary Druid of the National Eisteddfod, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His longstanding friendship and collaboration with Emyr Humphreys has resulted in numerous studies of the author's work and in the publication of Conversations and Reflections, a seminal collection of essays by Humphreys and of interviews with him.

Paul Croft TMP,RE, qualified as a Master Printer at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque in 1996 and now teaches Printmaking at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, he has written and published two books, on stone lithography (2001), and plate lithography (2003).

Stephen Conway trained as a bookbinder in Halifax. On completion of his apprenticeship he gained further experience in the Scholar Press Fine Bindery and later with Smith Settle of Otley. He established his own craft bindery in 1985, being later elected as a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. His bindings are in public and private collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Lilly Library, Indiana, and the Folger Shakespeare Library,Washington, DC. A recent commission (together with James Brockman) is the binding of The High-grove Florilegium, conceived and commissioned by the Prince of Wales.


Published by Gwasg Gregynog in an edition limited to 250 numbered copies for sale, of which 75 copies - numbered i-lxxv - are bound by hand in quarter blue leather with red buckram sides, hand-sewn silk endbands, blocked in silver on the spine and upper cover, and presented in a slipcase. The lithographs in these copies are handprinted by the artist, and each volume signed by both artist and author. The remaining 175 copies are bound by hand in quarter red buckram with blue paper sides, blocked in silver on both spine and upper cover, the illustrations printed by lithography at J. W. Northend Ltd., from the artist's original prints. The binder is Stephen Conway. Text is set in Monotype Ehrhardt, with Monotype Plantin used for display setting. The compositor was Gerard O'Shea, and the book was designed and printed - on Somerset Book Wove mouldmade cotton paper - by David Vickers, Controller of Gwasg Gregynog. 112pages, 250xl55mm.

ISBN 978 0 9549839 9 4

Price: £320 (Qtr.leather)
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£195 (Qtr.cloth)
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£150 (Unbound)
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