Wales Readathon – #Dewithon19



What do daffodils, Saint David’s Day and March 2019 have in common? And what the heck is a ‘dewithon’?*

They mean the Welsh Readathon is here!

During the month of March readers and bookbloggers all over the world are invited to read and share about the literature, culture and people of Wales. Through fiction, nonfiction, articles, tweets and book reviews we have the opportunity to dig a little deeper, if you’re like me, into a country I know little about.

The mastermind behind this celebration of all things Welsh is Paula Bardell-Hedley of The hub for the month where links to posts are located is here. Unfamiliar with the literature of Wales and need some guidance? Paula has posted links to writers and books in all genres here. On Twitter you can find people sharing their links and thoughts with these hashtags: #dewithon19 and walesreadathon19

But wait…there’s more! Paula has included a readalong and who doesn’t love a good community-wide readalong?! Published in 1908, The Autobiography of a Super-tramp, by W.H. Davies is about his adventures through the UK, Canada and the US. It is always illuminating to read descriptions of your own country from people traveling through and that this one is from the early 19th century is a bonus for me. (If this is not available in your area, Amazon has a Kindle copy). For more about Davies and the schedule for the readalong, go here.

My reading contribution at this point is Susan Cooper’s, The Grey King, which is part of her Dark is Rising Sequence. I would also like to read something from the Welsh diaspora, which I haven’t chosen yet, and I hope to be inspired by some surprises!

ETA: I think I’ll amend this list as books come up, as I just added Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas to my short but growing pile.

Happy reading…or as they say in Wales, Mwynhewch ddarllen! (Enjoy reading!)


*Saint David is the patron saint of Wales and March 1st is his death anniversary
The daffodil is the national flower of Wales
Dewi is the diminutive form of Dafydd (David)

14 thoughts on “Wales Readathon – #Dewithon19

  1. The range of what everyone is reading for Dewithon is wonderful. I, too, will be adding to my TBR list from everyone’s posts. Right now, however, I’m resenting the loss of an hour this month — I need every minute to get through the stack I’ve assigned myself.
    Ah well, at least spring is on it’s way.
    Happy reading, Laurie!


    1. This is my most hated day of the year. Not just because we lose an hour, but that we are jerked into light instead of allowing it to change at a normal pace. It needs to be abolished, imo and I am glad there is some movement in Congress to do so

      I have to say that I am so behind in my reading, because of a big project I am working on as well as I am trying to get Anna Karenina finished by the 17th. I hope to read lots this week, though, and catch up. Why does it seem that the month begins with so much time and by the second or third day I am already behind?!!

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  2. I think it will be a fun month! I’m looking forward to reading all of the contributions to the event. I have no doubt that at the end of March I will have a list of books by and about Welsh authors that I simply must read. 🙂

    I will be reading about Welsh Mythology and I’m enjoying being introduced to new characters and stories I’ve never heard of before. 🙂

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  3. As someone totally clueless about anything Welsh…I appreciated the post.
    I can’t help but wonder if ‘daffodil’ is somehow related to the David variations? My un-Welsh eye connects them. If so, really ties in with it being the national flower.

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    1. So here’s what I have come up with….
      The leek is the national emblem of Wales (Interesting Shakespearean and battle connections, you can look that up)! And in the Welsh language, daffodil and leek have similar spellings, therefore the daffodil as national flower.

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  5. Thank you so much, Laurie – what a fabulous introduction to the Wales Readathon. I must confess, I rather like being described as a “mastermind”! 😉

    I hope you have a wonderful Dewithon and look forward to following your progress. Pob lwc (Good luck). 📚😃

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