The Gregynog Press still remains the most enduring of the Davies sisters’ arts projects, carrying on to this day the traditional printing skills, enhanced with illustrations by leading contemporary artists. At Gwasg Gregynog (the Gregynog Press) only the finest bookbinding materials are used.
In addition to the constant flow of beautifully created volumes in both the Welsh and English languages that it has produced over the decades, Gwasg Gregynog has contributed to the highlights of Welsh life and culture by retaining age-old printing skills.
The press was commissioned to produce the inaugural document for the opening of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999. In celebration of this occasion, the first instrument of Welsh government for more than 600 years, a 250 limited edition souvenir volume was printed.
2002 saw the production of one of the most successful volumes to be produced by Gwasg Gregynog in recent years. ‘Cutting Images’, a limited edition volume of more than 50 linocuts by one of Wales’ greatest artists, Sir Kyffin Williams, RA, spectacularly sold out three weeks after its launch.
Also in that year a new translation of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the birth of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of printing from moveable type. Among books recently created is a selection from Thomas Pennant’s tours of North Wales entitled ‘Pennant and his Welsh Landscapes’. Another highly successful publication was the extraordinary magnum opus, ‘Of a Feather’, which was written and illustrated by Colin See-Paynton, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. This was published and launched in London towards the end of 2008.
For more information, please visit the Gregynog Press website. The Press is only open to visitors by prior appointment.
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Gwasg Gregynog has contributed to the highlights of Welsh life and culture.
W. Scott Owen ‘History of Gregynog’ 1888