The Gwydir Press was set up in 2012 to produce fine, limited edition books using traditional letterpress techniques. All books are typeset by hand and illustrated using original print-block techniques. They are printed on a nineteenth-century Franklin treadle press, before being bound by hand using traditional, fine-binding methods.

The castle itself has associations with early printing, literature and the bardic tradition. Bishop William Morgan, who was the first to translate the bible into Welsh, was schooled here with the children of Maurice Wynn. Here too, Sir John Wynn wrote his famous History of the Gwydir Family at the end of the sixteenth century. It is our hope that the Gwydir Press will continue in this tradition of excellence and literary association.

Our first book, Pwyll, a medieval story from the Mabinogi, with illustrations by Peter Welford, was completed in the autumn of 2012.




'A Letter From Wales' by Cynan Jones

The Gwydir Press is pleased to announce it will be printing a special letterpress limited edition of 'A Letter from Wales' by the acclaimed contemporary writer, Cynan Jones. 'A Letter from Wales' is a short Gothic tale in which science is challenged by metaphysics.

Linocut illustrations by Peter Welford. Text handset by Ken Burnley in 14 point Bembo and printed on a Franklin Cropper platen press at Gwydir Castle. Binding designed and hand-bound in paper wrappers by Judy Corbett.

Edition limited to 150 copies.

Price: £95.00 (plus £7.50 p&p inland UK)

Publication launch: 28th October 2017.

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Extract from 'A Letter From Wales'

Dear Professor,

Given all the places you have sent me, all the places I have travelled in the name of our work, you can only    guess my disbelief that such a thing as I will now relate has come to light just a short way to our west, as it were, on our very doorstep.

As you read this letter you will understand how tenaciously I am having to check my emotions and write this account sensibly and scientifically. If I did not know it your habit to take correspondence in your private study, I would urge you to read this alone, where you will have full liberty to reflect on this discovery. I will put down the facts as empirically as I can.