The Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2008

30 May 2008

The Welsh Books Council has announced the names of the winners of the Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2008, presented by the Welsh Books Council for the best books for children and young people.

Two awards of £1,000 each, sponsored by CILIP Wales (The Chartered Institutes of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council, were presented to the authors in a special ceremony at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Conwy.

PRIMARY CATEGORY

The winner in the primary category is  Y Llyfr Ryseitiau: Gwaed y Tylwyth,  Nicholas Daniels (Dref Wen).

Gwiddan is celebrating her thirteenth birthday and her father buys her a new pair of trainers and gives her a gift from her mother who died when she was a little girl - Y  Llyfr Ryseitiau  (the recipe book).

The story bubbles with excitement and Panel members felt that this novel breaks new ground in Welsh writing for children, with the world of the old Welsh folk-tale of Llyn y Fan Fach blending in successfully with a magical world similar to that of Harry Potter.

Y Llyfr Ryseitiau: Gwaed y Tylwyth,  is Nicholas Daniel’s fifth book for children. A native of Llangennech, Llanelli, he is Deputy Head of Ysgol Evan James, Pontypridd. This is the first time that he has won the prestigious Tir na n-Og Award.

SECONDARY CATEGORY

The winner of the secondary category is Gareth F. Williams for his novel  Eira Mân, Eira Mawr  (Cyfres Whap!), Gwasg Gomer.

This is a skilful and frightening novel which demonstrates that one must face the consequences of their actions, however dreadful these consequences may be. The lives of Anna, Marc and Ows Bach changed drastically on their way home from the pub one snowy Christmas eve.

According to Panel members, this powerful novel pushes the boundaries of teenage fiction in Welsh.

Gareth F. Williams has won the Tir na n-Og Award three times previously:in 1991 for  O Ddawns i Ddawns,  in 1997 for  Dirgelwch Loch Ness  and in 2007 for  Adref Heb Elin.

Gareth F. Williams is a full-time author. A native of Porthmadog, he now lives in Cardiff.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s Chief Executive added: "We are extremely happy to welcome the winners of the Tir na n-Og Prize to the Urdd Gobaith Cymru National Eisteddfod stage.; The Urdd magazines, from Cymru’r Plantto Cip, as well as the Eisteddfod literary competitions, have made a significant contribution to Welsh children’s literature, and we are proud to be able to honour the winning authors this year."

Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of Welsh Books Council added: "We are extremely proud to honour the authors this year at the Urdd National Eisteddfod.  It is very encouraging to be able to announce during the National Year of Reading that so many books of a high standard are published for young readers and it shows the wealth of material that is available on the market today."

The Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2008The Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2008

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