Publishing Trade Awards 2007

5 Nov 2007

The winners of this year's Publishing Trade Awards were announced by the Welsh Books Council at an Awards Dinner in Aberystwyth on Saturday. The Awards ceremony was held at the National Library of Wales as part of the Library's centenary celebrations and in the presence of Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, the Minister for Heritage.

During the ceremony, a total of 18 awards for books published in 2005 and 2006, for both Welsh- and English language books, were presented for the bestsellers in various categories. Awards were also presented for the most borrowed library books, as well as awards for design and production. The individual awards were commissioned from Cardiff-based artist, Carwyn Evans, winner of this year's Ifor Davies Prize at the Flintshire National Eisteddfod.

'The ceremony was an opportunity to acknowledge the work of publishers in Wales and to honour the winners of each category,' said Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council. 'The awards reflect the wide range of books published in Wales today as well as the high standards of production. These are some of the factors, together with the financial support of the Welsh Assembly Government, that have contributed to the development of the publishing industry in recent years.'

Rhodri Glyn Thomas also paid tribute to the individual publishers: 'I'm honoured to be here tonight to acknowledge the work of Welsh publishers and it's encouraging to note that the quality of their books is reflected in the increase in sales of books from Wales, in both languages. We have a strong literary tradition here in Wales and the Wales Assembly Government is pleased to support the publishing industry in Wales and to help provide books of the highest quality for future readers.'

Highlights of the awards ceremony will be transmitted on S4C on Monday evening, 5 November.

English-language winners:
FICTION BESTSELLER
Publisher: Parthian
The Colour of a Dog Running Away, Richard Gwyn

NON-FICTION BESTSELLER
Publisher: Crown House
Imperfectly Natural Woman, Janey Lee Grace

POETRY BESTSELLER
Publisher: Seren
Letter to Patience, John Haynes

CHILDREN'S BESTSELLER
Publisher: Gomer
The Midwinters, Julie Rainsbury

MOST BORROWED LIBRARY BOOK
Publisher: Accent
Secrets, Lynne Barrett-Lee

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Publisher: Seren
Cecil and Noreen, Patrick Corcoran

ILLUSTRATED BOOK
Publisher: Seren
Return Yn Ôl, Rhodri Jones

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION (CHILDREN)
Publisher: Pont Books
Dark Tales from the Woods, Daniel Morden

BEST CHRISTMAS COVER DESIGN
Publisher: Seren
Blue Sky July, Nia Wyn

Welsh-language winners:
FICTION BESTSELLER
Publisher: Gwasg Gwynedd
Darnau, Dylan Iorwerth

NON-FICTION BESTSELLER
Publisher: Y Lolfa
Gwynfor: Rhag Pob Brad, Rhys Evans

POETRY BESTSELLER
Publisher: Gomer
Geiriau a Gerais, T. Llew Jones

CHILDREN'S BESTSELLER
Publisher: Gomer
Un Tedi Mas o'r Gwely, Julia Donaldson

MOST BORROWED LIBRARY BOOK
Publisher: Gomer
Rara Avis, Manon Rhys

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Publisher: Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion
Y Golygiadur, Rhiannon Ifans

ILLUSTRATED BOOK
Publisher: Gomer
Y Mynydd Hwn

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION (CHILDREN)
Publisher: Y Lolfa
Bili Boncyrs a'r Gêm Bêl-droed, Caryl Lewis/Gary Evans

BEST CHRISTMAS COVER DESIGN
Publisher: Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion
Hogan Mam, Babi Jam, Emily Huws

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