Friday, September 15, 2006

Did the Welsh ever write anything?

That's the question that aliens (from outerspace, not from Gloucestershire) will ask when they land on our planet in a few years once we've all dissapeared due to war, hunger, drowning, been scortched...

If there will be anything left of Cardiff, they might see the new library with pictures of our favourite books on it.
Sgewnnod y Cymry erioed unrhywbeth?

When I first went past it, I thougth it was an advert for Waterstones due to the large images of English langugae bestsellers. Then I realised that this is the new central library for Cardiff. I'm not sure if it's a permanent building or a temporary one, so this 'mural' may also be temporary, but what struck me (as usual) was the lack of welsh book/books in Welsh.

Yes, I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to popular culture and I'm sure that novels by Dan Brown and about Harry Potter have been the one's borrowed most offten from the capital's libraries. But would it not have been appropriate to also have included classics from Wales in the two languages as well, work by Islwyn Ffowc Elis and Alexander Cordell, or novels set in Cardiff like Dyddiadur Dyn Dwad or Cardiff Dead?

A wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and promote the rich literary history of Wales has been missed here. I'm only guessing, but I bet it was thought up by some ignorant marketing comapny who were paid thousands for it, even worse I bet a fee had o be paid for the rights to use the book's images. I wonder what Academi make of it?

Here's a blog post by someone who works in the central library.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous bronchitikat said...

Oh boy, looks like your city planners etc went to the same school as ours.

The school which says "leave yr brains outside, stop thinking for yourselves &, if you need something done, call in an expert"! Hah!

Only ours spent millions on a (supposedly) Free tower to celebrate the Milennium, which celebrated one year of being open last week - & the outside lift still doesn't work!

9/18/2006 2:57 pm  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

The school which says "leave yr brains outside, stop thinking for yourselves &, if you need something done, call in an expert"! Hah!

That's only my guess of course (but highly likely).

Only ours spent millions on a (supposedly) Free tower to celebrate the Milennium, which celebrated one year of being open last week - & the outside lift still doesn't work!

Brilliant, it opened in 2005? :-)

I must say the idea of having images of books on the side looks rather good (for now), it's just the choice of books that annoys me.

9/18/2006 3:49 pm  
Blogger bebynnag said...

Agreed. It looked liked they spend a fortune on it but forgo some great works and go for Dan Brown w**k and other pedestrian thrillers.

9/19/2006 10:45 pm  
Anonymous bronchitikat said...

I think the books look good. Pity they've not included some Welsh ones though.

Meanwhile re: the debate Presidents vs Monarchy
see Hungary, & Thailand!

At least in Thailand they have a King still in place, to whom the army (say they) are remaining loyal, thus maintaining some form of continuity.

9/20/2006 10:49 am  

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