The winners of the 2014 Wales Book of the Year were announced in a ceremony in Caernarfon. Judges Andrew Webb, Jasper Rees, a Nadia Kamil awarded the Roland Mathias Poetry Award and overall English language prize to Pink Mist, (Faber and Faber, 2013) a a verse-drama about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan by Owen Sheers. White Ravens(Seren, 2009), his contemporary response to ‘Branwen, daughter of Llŷr’ (from The Mabinogion), was selected to the Bookcase in 2009.
The novel, Dewis, (Gwasg Gomer, 2014) by Ioan Kidd which follows Mari and her family as they are faced with many complicated situations and events was awarded the overall Welsh language prize by judges Gareth Miles, Eurig Salisbury and Lowri Cooke.
The books topped a short list which included Poetry, Fiction and Non Fiction.
Winners in full
Welsh Rhwng y Llinellau, Christine James (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas), Winner of the Poetry category; Dewis, Ioan Kidd (Gwasg Gomer),Winner of the Fiction category and Overall Winner. Bob: Cofiant R. Williams Parry 1884-1956, Alan Llwyd (Gwasg Gomer), Winner of the creative non Fiction.
Saesneg Pink Mist,Owen Sheers (Faber and Faber), Winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award and Overall winner. The Rice Paper Diaries, Francesca Rhydderch (Seren), Winner of the Fiction cateogory Rhys Davies: A Writer’s Life, Meic Stephens,(Parthian), Winner of the Creative Non Fiction category
The following books reached the 2014 short list:
Welsh language short list
Poetry short list
Rhwng y Llinellau, Christine James (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
Trwy Ddyddiau Gwydr, Sian Northey (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
Lôn Fain, Dafydd John Pritchard (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)