Y Lolfa

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Y Lolfa (Welsh for The Lounge, Welsh pronunciation: [ə ˈlɔlva]) is a Welsh printing and publishing company based in Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion, in Mid-Wales. It publishes a wide variety of books in Welsh and English. It also provides a commercial print service. Y Lolfa was established in 1967 by Robat Gruffudd.[1] It is now an independent, limited company run by the founder's sons, Garmon Gruffudd (managing director) and Lefi Gruffudd (general editor).

Using the new small offset printing method, it started producing material both for Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society), with which it was loosely associated, and for its own publications which included Lol, the satirical magazine from which the company's name was derived.

The company gradually expanded the variety of its publications to include popular series for children, contemporary novels,[2] diaries,[3] humorous tutors for Welsh learners, and a wide range books for tourists to Wales. It has adopted a deliberate policy of not adapting books from other languages in order to support Welsh artists and authors.

It was closely involved with the publication of Papur Pawb, one of the first Welsh community papers, in 1974.

Y Lolfa published Llyfr y Ganrif (The Book of the Century) in association with the National Library of Wales in 1999, and won the Academi Welsh Book of the Year prize for three consecutive years. Its latest[when?] publishing venture is the Alcemi imprint for new fiction in the English language.


  1. ^ "Y Lolfa yn dathlu'r deugain (Y Lolfa celebrates forty years)". BBC News Wales (in Welsh). 24 September 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Gareth (11 March 2006). "Controversial Welsh novel goes to print". Western Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wrong date... but early pancakes". BBC News. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 

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