“Dominic Williams is a cultural impresario”
Dr. Jeni Williams (The Dylan Thomas International Summer School 2014)
I am a writer and have been involved in arts facilitation in West Wales for twenty years. Between 2004 and 2010 I was the marketing director of Parthian Books and in 2007 established Iconau, under the inspirational guidance of my mentor, publisher Richard Davies. Ironically, Iconau was not originally intended to be a publishing house but a marketing company to promote the output of the iconic craftspeople I had met and worked with on international trade missions. My professional networks dictated that the craft with which I was most familiar and most often approached about was creative writing. I have been presented with concepts that were either too important or too much fun not to try to bring to a readership.
The first project managed by Iconau was a Parthian publication World Leaders' Favourite Poems and one of the earliest publications from Iconau was History on our Side published in 2009 on the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike. The rights have now been transferred free of charge to the radical publisher Lawrence and Wishart to bring this important history of the miners' strike in Wales to a wider audience.
Since 2010 I have worked more closely with the development of writers and other creative practitioners in the areas of performance and collaboration. The Iconau list is a small one that is becoming increasingly more focussed about poetry. The production of each title is a dedicated artistic partnership within a broader set of projects from the Welsh writing desk that include my personal creative output, managing events and festivals, developing international cultural exchange and working with the community interest company write4word of which I am co-director.
Dominic Williams, publisher.