A campaign has been launched to establish a National Poetry Library of Wales.

At present, England has two national poetry libraries and Scotland also has one but Wales – “gwlad beirdd a chantorion” – has none.

Campaigners argue that such a library could provide an archive for some of Wales' oldest poetry as well as be a place of pilgrimage, study and growth for Welsh poets. They also say that a National Poetry Library would be a place "of research, of events, of celebration, and of significant economic development for poetry publishing but most of all it would be a forever home for our oldest tradition".

Although the National Library in Aberystwyth was established in 1907, Ben Gwalchmai who is leading the campaign, argues that the development of poetry, and the publishing of poetry specifically, is not within its remit and this "limits opportunities" for poetry to blossom and grow in Wales. 

A petition calling for the establishment of a National Poetry Library of Wales is live on the Senedd website. You can find it here

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