Wales Literature Exchange Bookcase titles shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award

Wales Literature Exchange Bookcase titles shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award

Three of the titles selected to the Wales Literature Exchange Bookcase have been shortlisted for the 2017 Wales Book of the Year Award.

The 2017 Wales Book of the Year Award is presented to the best literary works published in 2016, in Welsh and in English, in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. The Award is administrated by Literature Wales.

Two of the three shortlisted novels in the Welsh fiction category have been selected to the Wales Literature Exchange Bookcase, our window to recent Welsh literary works which we recommend for translation.

Guto Dafydd’s novel, Ymbelydredd, was selected to the 2016 Bookcase, while Y Gwreiddyn by Caryl Lewis was selected to the 2017 Bookcase. In the English fiction category, Cynan Jones’s novel, Cove, has been shortlisted, a title also selected to the 2017 Bookcase.

The Welsh language judging panel are critic and reviewer Catrin Beard, the poet and author Mari George and Eirian James, owner of the independent bookshop owner Palas Print in Caernarfon. The author Tyler Keevil, the scholar Dimitra Fimi and the award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards are the judges for the English language award.

Each category winner will receive a prize of £1,000, with the main winners in both languages receiving an additional £3,000. The Wales Book of the Year Peolpe’s Choice presented in both languages.

Winners of the 2017 Book of the Year Award will be announced in an awards ceremony at the Tramshed in Cardiff, on Monday 13th November.

Further information regarding the 2017 Book of the Year Award can be found here: http://www.literaturewales.org/our-projects/wales-book-year/

 

Wales Book of the Year Short List 2017

Welsh-language Poetry Award
Bylchau, Aneirin Karadog (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas);
Chwilio am Dân, Elis Dafydd (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas);
Llinynnau, Aled Lewis Evans (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)

Welsh-language Fiction Award
Y Gwreiddyn, Caryl Lewis (Y Lolfa);
Ymbelydredd, Guto Dafydd (Y Lolfa);
Iddew, Dyfed Edwards (Gwasg y Bwthyn)

Welsh-language Creative Non-Fiction Award
Gwenallt, Alan Llwyd (Y Lolfa);
Optimist Absoliwt, Menna Elfyn (Gwasg Gomer);
Cofio Dic, Idris Reynolds (Gwasg Gomer)

 

English-language Short List
The Roland Mathias Poetry Award

What Possessed Me, John Freeman (Worple);
The Other City, Rhiannon Hooson (Seren);
Psalmody, Maria Apichella (Eyewear)

The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award
Pigeon, Alys Conran (Parthian);
Cove, Cynan Jones (Granta);
Ritual, 1969, Jo Mazelis (Seren)

The Creative Non-Fiction Award
The Tradition, Peter Lord (Parthian);
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Keiron Pim (Vintage);
The Black Prince of Florence, Catherine Fletcher (The Bodley Head)

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