Swansea University Libraries are encouraging you all to de-stress and exercise your minds with a free book giveaway. The “Blind Book Date” is using donations from staff, students, and publishers to provide an opportunity to try something new this Valentine’s day – and curl up for a close encounter with a good book on 14th February 2018.

Research from University of Sussex has shown that reading can reduce stress levels by 68 per cent. However, there is a whole range of benefits that reading for pleasure can bring.

The generosity of the publishers we approached to take part in our giveaway this year was quite overwhelming. A big thank you to Honno, Parthian, and Seren for a selection of contemporary and classic titles by writers from Wales.

All of our campus libraries – Singleton Park, Bay, and Saint David’s Park – will have free Blind Book Dates to keep you company. The Miners Library will be using books donated by their visitors to raise money for charity Book Aid. When you have finished reading the book of your choice then please share the experience with friends, family, or donate to one of the university book swaps in your campus library or café.

Spread the love of reading for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

February 13th, 2018

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Mae Llyfrgelloedd Prifysgol Abertawe yn annog pob un ohonoch i ymlacio eich meddwl gyda llyfr am ddim. Mae “Dêt Darllen” yn defnyddio cyfraniadau gan staff, myfyrwyr a chyhoeddwyr er mwyn rhoi cyfle i bobl roi cynnig ar rywbeth newydd y Dydd Sant Ffolant hwn – swatio’n glyd gyda llyfr ar 14 Chwefror 2018.

Mae ymchwil gan Brifysgol Sussex wedi dangos bod darllen yn gallu lleihau lefelau straen 68 y cant. Mae darllen er mwynhad yn gallu arwain at ystod eang o fuddion.

Roedd haelioni’r cyhoeddwyr a ofynnwyd iddynt gymryd rhan eleni yn aruthrol. Diolch yn fawr i Honno, Parthian, a Seren am gasgliad o lyfrau cyfoes a chlasuron gan awduron o Gymru.

Bydd gan bob un o’n llyfrgelloedd campws – Parc Singleton, y Bae a Pharc Dewi Sant – “Ddêts Darllen” am ddim i gadw cwmni i chi. Bydd Llyfrgell y Glowyr yn defnyddio llyfrau a gyfrannwyd gan eu hymwelwyr i godi arian at elusen Book Aid. Pan fyddwch wedi gorffen darllen y llyfr o’ch dewis cofiwch rannu’r profiad gyda’ch ffrindiau, teulu, neu gyfrannu at un o’r blychau cyfnewid llyfrau yn y llyfrgell neu’r caffi ar eich campws.

Lledaenwch gariad at ddarllen ar gyfer Dydd Sant Ffolant a thu hwnt.

February 13th, 2018

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This year’s theme for LGBT History Month is “Geography: Mapping the World”. To celebrate we have put on display at our Singleton Park Library some books, DVDs and other items written by welsh authors.

We have, as our featured author, Jan Morris – well known for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968-1978), a history of the British Empire. She is also recognised for her colourful travel writing including  Trieste and the meaning of nowhere, A writer’s world : travels 1950-2000 and Wales : epic views of a small country.  Jan’s 1974 autobiography Conundrum was one of the first to recount the experience of gender re-assignment.

Other works in the display include autobiographies by Welsh sportsmen – Gareth Thomas’s Proud and Nigel Owens’s Hanner Amser. They both broke down barriers in sport for gay men when they came out publicly. Their work describes the struggles of that journey.

The work of sociologist and gay activist Jeffrey Weeks is also featured. Historian and activist Norena Shopland has been making visible the contribution made to the culture of Wales in her latest book Forbidden Lives (a brand new acquisition for our library collections).


Themes of lesbian love and desire in the Victorian era are explored in the work of Welsh writer Sarah Waters a selection of whose novels and DVDs are displayed. The work of Stonewall Award winning Welsh author John Sam Jones, who wrote Welsh Boys Too and Fishboys of Vernazza is also included. His novels and short stories draw upon the experiences of young gay men in Wales.

And our celebration would not be complete without Swansea born screenwriter and television producer Russell T Davies whose works include Queer as Folk, The Second Coming, Doctor Who and Torchwood.








We hope you enjoy the display!

If you would like to find out more about items we hold on LGBT related themes you may be interested in reading our previous blog post. You will find further reading on the LGBT reading list that we have put together.



February 2nd, 2018

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