I was disappointed (but maybe not entirely surprised) when I heard not so long ago that a well-known international literary competition organized within Wales had been refused any support from Literature Wales when the organizers asked for some help with publicity. The competition is not funded by Literature Wales, and is entirely self-financing. The organizers were perfectly within their rights to ask for information to go out in LW newsletters and through social media; after all, it is one of LW's responsibilities to facilitate and encourage literary activity across the board in Wales.
LW flags itself up (on its own website) as the national company for the development of literature in Wales. It claims to be responsible for leading the sector and for actively collaborating with organisations and individuals who contribute to the promotion, creation and enjoyment of the written word. It also refers to itself as "the literature promotion agency for Wales" -- and agencies are supposed to take actions in support of others rather than simply concentrating on self-promotion. Its role, in other words, is to facilitate and stimulate literature programmes and events throughout Wales, whether or not LW is the originator, organizer or funder of those events.
Once again, just think about it. A brutal policy of draconian control? That's not so wide of the mark. LW sees itself as THE organization controlling the Welsh literary scene, and as it has developed its very ambitious expansion programme it has created a situation dominated by patronage and dependency in the writing community. I have already commented on this:
Literature Wales is already well known for its extensive use of self-promotion and propaganda, for spreading misinformation and making rather selective use of the facts of the matter, and for assisting in the denial of the truth about all sorts of things including the value for money associated (for example) with its bursaries programme or its own annual accounts. Now it has added to its portfolio of dodgy dealings the little matter of surveillance. Somebody in the organization must have been briefed to scrutinise the links on other "literary"web sites for anything subversive or which strays from the party line. We might assume that its strategy henceforth is one of supporting only those organizations which have no links whatsoever with any persons or organizations deemed guilty of saying less than complimentary things about LW.
Just think about it, and feel the chill.
By the way, the Medwin Hughes Panel Report is here: