About Us

Nova Cambria commissions research and is a publishing platform for innovative ideas that address Wales’s aspirations and problems.

It is a portal for policy development by Plaid Cymru’s Senedd, Westminster and European Parliamentary Groups, but is open to all, a space for policy discussion, and non-sectarian, cross-party debate. It scans the horizon to:

  • Produce practical answers to policy problems.
  • Engage with longer-term issues arising from persistent challenges connected with such issues as climate change, migration, ageing and demographic change more generally, and new technology such as robotics and the future of communications.

Nova Cambria is a company limited by guarantee and has the following Directors:

Rhys David
(Chair) was brought up in Cardiff and studied at Oxford University. He began his career as a journalist with the Western Mail before moving to the Financial Times where he spent thirty years as a specialist writer and later departmental editor. He now writes mainly on regional economic and Welsh issues. His book Tell Mum Not to worry – A Welsh Soldier’s World War One in the Near East was published in in 2014.

Fflur Jones
is a partner with the Cardiff law firm Darwin Gray where she specialises in employment law, and heads up the Employment law department. Brought up in Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, she studied at Cambridge University, University College London and the College of Law, London. She is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes on Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, S4C and BBC Cymru Wales. She also sits on the board of Welsh National Opera, National Youth Arts Wales, and Menter a Busnes, and Chairs Plaid Cymru’s Membership, Discipline and Standards Committee.

Peter Finch
is a full-time poet, critic, author, rock fan and literary entrepreneur. Until 2012 he was Chief Executive of Literature Wales (formerly Academi), the Welsh National Literature Development Agency. As a writer he works in both traditional and experimental forms. He is best known for his declamatory poetry readings, his creative work based on his native city of Cardiff, his editing of Seren's Real series, and his knowledge of the UK poetry publishing scene. His The Roots Of Rock (2015) traces the music all the way from Cardiff to Mississippi and back again. His Walking Cardiff with photographer John Briggs will appear from Seren later in 2019.

Jane Aaron is a literary researcher and writer and Emeritus Professor of English at the University of South Wales. Educated at Swansea University and Somerville College, Oxford, she is known for her work on Welsh literature and on the writings of Welsh women. Among her many publications are A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb (1991), Pur fel y Dur: Y Gymraes yn Llên Menywod y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg (1998), Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Nation, Gender and Identity (2007) and Welsh Gothic (2013). She is also the series editor of Honno Press's Welsh Women's Classics.

Patrick McGuinness
is based in Caernarfon and is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Anne’s College where he has taught since 1998. He has written poetry, fiction, memoir and political commentary, as well as academic books and articles on French and English literature. His novel, The Last Hundred Days (2011), was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and won the Wales Book of the Year. His memoir, Other People’s Countries: A Journey into Memory (2014) also won the Wales Book of the Year. His latest novel is Throw me to the Wolves, and his most recent academic book is Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France.

Angharad Mair
is Executive Director with Tinopolis, the Llanelli-based independent television production company and is one of the presenters on its nightly S4C Heno programme. She started her career with BBC Wales where she presented its evening news programme Wales Today and Newyddion for S4C. She is Chair of Bafta Cymru and committed to trying to ensure that there are more opportunities for those who wish to work in the Creative Industries. In 1991, she ran her first full marathon in New York and in 1997 represented Great Britain in the World Athletics Championships in Athens where she came 23rd in the Women’s Marathon. In 2014 she came third in the Snowdonia Marathon and in 2017 broke the European marathon record for women over 55, running 2 hrs 54’ in completing the London Marathon.


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