Glamorgan helps celebrate 25 years of Welsh women’s classics with the story of a Welsh ‘Romeo and Juliet’

September 6, 2012

Honno, Welsh Women’s Press, have been publishing Classics by great Welsh women writers of the past for twenty five years. To mark this milestone Honno are publishing Here are Lovers by Hilda Vaughan and relaunching their Honno Classics under the new name Welsh Women’s Classics.

Image on the book cover for Here are Lovers The University of Glamorgan is sponsoring the launch of Here are Lovers at the Women’s History Network Conference in Cardiff on Saturday 8 September. It is the start of a string of events and fundraising activities to mark the Classics silver anniversary.

Here are Lovers is edited by University of Glamorgan Professor of English Literature Diana Wallace. The book is a story of a secret and tragic romance. Opening in the spring of 1866, Here are Lovers is set in 'Llangantyn’, Radnorshire and was originally published in 1926, the year of the General Strike – it is one of the few novels to centre on an election. A wonderful romance – the story of a Welsh Romeo and Juliet or Heathcliff and Cathy – it is also a biting social commentary on poverty, particularly in Wales, and class division.

Hilda Vaughan (1892-1985) was born and raised in Builth Wells. During World War I she worked in a Red Cross hospital and as organising secretary of the Woman’s Land Army in Breconshire and Radnorshire. She married the novelist Charles Morgan and had a daughter and a son. She wrote many novels, plays and short stories, becoming a bestselling author in both the UK and US and has been described as “The Welsh Dickens.”

Vaughan’s work is distinguished by her lyrical yet realistic evocation of Welsh rural landscapes and customs, and by her incisive deconstruction of the politics of class, gender and nationality.

Editor Diana Wallace has said “Here are Lovers is an important work, as well as a great read. Hilda Vaughan had a gift for telling a gripping story and creating very real and sympathetic characters. But this is also a politically astute novel which uses a historical romance to explore problems of class, gender and nationality which are still very current today. Hilda Vaughan deserves to be very much better known and this new edition will introduce her to a new generation of readers.”

Honno Editor Penny Thomas and Editor Diana Wallace will be hosting the launch of Here are Lovers at the Women’s History Network Conference, Humanities Building Cardiff University at 6pm on Saturday 8 September. The launch is sponsored by the University of Glamorgan.

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