About The Welsh Bookworm

LaurelThe Welsh Bookworm is a librarian living and working in rural Minnesota. She is a past-president of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, leads the Welsh folk-dance group Traed Y Ddraig, and teaches Welsh language classes. Her Welsh Bookworm column was featured occasionally in the newspaper Y Drych, now part of Ninnau.

Laurel works for the Carver County Public Libraries in Waconia and Norwood Young America, loves reading, music, dance, languages, genealogy, gardening, and bird watching. For more about music, gardening, birds, and country life see her blog Laurel Singing, Sophia Rising.

Laurel reads historical fiction, mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, medieval and British history, Arthurian fiction, classics, and of course, anything connected to Wales.


  1. Love the stuffed dragon, Laurel! Nice site, you tech-weanie you.

  2. hi laurel
    I am just about to publish a story of my life ‘the Quarryman’s Son’ an interesting reflection on the life of a young lad growing up during the Second World War in the Welsh speaking community of Caernarfon and the challenges he faces following his departure as a sixteen year old to live in London.Five years later he journeys across the world to start a new life in New Zealand.A witty presentation which is bound to cause laughter but also depicts other facets of life such as sadness and love.
    Thought you might appreciate being told in advance what may be of interest to you
    Regards Taffy Parry

    • Sounds interesting. If you would like to send me a little more info with publication details, I’d be happy to post an entry about it.

      • the Quarryman’s Son by Taffy Parry was published as an eBook on Amazon several years ago and a recent count suggested almost 900 readers …Quite interesting I thought as I have done little or no promotion.I am currently discussing publishing a book of my paintings depicting life in Wales during the 40s with a Welsh publisher and am hopefull it will become available in the new year.Sorry its taken so long to let you know about my The Quarryman’s son but the story is still as honest as it was when I wrote it about 12 years ago
        Merry Xmas or Nadolig LLawen
        Taffy Parry

  3. A treat to meet you on Saturday. Would love to send you a copy of my novel, as we discussed. Would you like a ebook format? All best and hope to see you again soon. — Susan Thurston

    • Thanks, Susan. I bought a copy of Sister of Grendel and look forward to reading it. I will look forward to future projects (Samuel Clemens daughter sounds interesting!) and if you want to send me an ebook that is fine.

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