Marged Haycock 2010

In a special ceremony on the Blaenau Gwent National Eisteddfod field, Marged Haycock was announced as the winner of the 2010 Oxfam Cymru-Translators' House Wales Challenge (Welsh-language category). She was one of thirty-six entrants who translated from French an extract from the short story, La folie était venue avec la pluie, by Haitian author, Yanick Lahens.

Marged was presented with the 2010 Bardic Staff by the Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones AM, during the ceremony in the Aberystwyth University tent on the Eisteddfod field on Thursday, August 5th 2010.

The text for the competition was in marked contrast to the Medieval Welsh literature Marged usually studies and teaches but says she decided to enter as she was interested in Haiti's plight and was drawn to the author herself - Yanick Lahens - as she could relate to her as a fellow female academic.

Author and translator, Patrick McGuinness, and dramatist, Gareth Miles, were the judges for the competition. In receiving the prize, Marged Haycock said, "The subject chosen for the Challenge was inspiring. I felt it was worth translating. Even before the earthquake there,  Haiti was such a poor country, completely destroyed and Yanick Lahens succeeds in creating the mood and fear amongst some of its inhabitants there so vividly - her work is exhilarating."

The English winner of the Challenge will be announced on September 4th during the "21" Festival at Tŷ Newydd - a festival of literary events to celebrate Tŷ Newydd's 21'st anniversary. As part of their prize the winners of the Translation Challenge will be commissioned to translate Yanick Lahen's story in its entirety.