Tir na n-Og Awards 2010

22 Feb 2010

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the short list of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards 2010 which recognise the exceptional quality and range of books for children and teenagers.

The Awards are presented annually by the Books Council to acknowledge the work of authors and illustrators of children’s books in three categories: the best English-language book, the best Welsh-language book for the primary sector and the best Welsh-language book for the secondary sector.

The awards are sponsored by CILIP Wales (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council.

The following titles have been nominated for this year’s short list:

Best English-language Category

The Black Chair – Phil Carradice (Pont Books)

A novel based on the dramatic story of poet Hedd Wyn, whose Eisteddfod chair was awarded posthumously in 1917. With injuries serious enough to get him sent home from the front line, Danny comes home to his beloved Angharad. But his recovery cannot really begin until he has fulfilled a promise to a friend. For that he must travel north to the Eisteddfod at Birkenhead.

Dear Mr Author – Paul Manship (Pont Books)

A gripping and funny story. Eleven-year-old Sam struggles to control events, worried that a mysterious author is calling the shots. A keen footballer and writer, it comes as a shock to Sam to discover that he is performing another author’s script, and dancing to someone else’s tune. What can he do to recover control of his life?

Nelson to the Rescue – Simon Weston (Pont Books)

A beautifully produced light-hearted tale with a distinctive Welsh accent. A sequel to A Nod from Nelson. When Rhodri and Rhys report that there’s a note on Mike the Milk’s fridge with the words ‘Prince of Wales, MBE’, Nelson and all the other animals assume that Mike's in line for a medal from the Queen! Nelson meets Prince Charles, finds himself on TV and has a make-over. But where are Rhodri and Rhys?

Roberto’s War – Alan Lambert (Pont Books)

An engaging first novel by Alan Lambert. The effects of war get too close to home for Robert and his friends. It is 1940, the first hot summer of the war. In the mining valleys north of Cardiff, Robert, Freddo and Aldo escape the day-to-day drudgery of rationing and blackout with a carefree swim in the old abandoned quarry. But then the evacuees arrive … 

Best Welsh-language Primary Category


Dathlu Tywysogion Cymru – Elin Meek (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

A fun-packed illustrated book presenting all matters relating to the Welsh princes – their history, celebrations and traditions.

Siocled Poeth a Marshmalos – Caryl Parry Jones        (Gomer)

A humorous and beautifully illustrated collection of 15 poems by Caryl Parry Jones, inspired by her term as Wales’s Children’s Poet Laureate in 2007–2008.

Trwy’r Tonnau – Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)

A sequel to Trwy’r Darlun, Cledwyn, Siân and Gili Dŵ have yet another adventure. They unravel more mysteries about their parents and we also meet new characters.


Best Welsh-language Secondary Category


Aderyn Brau – Mared Llwyd (Y Lolfa)

This novel traces the story of Megan as she is forced to move from the countryside to the City of Swansea and the problems which arise as a result.

Codi Bwganod – Rhiannon Wyn         (Y Lolfa)

Erin has recently moved into a smart old mansion which is featured on a TV programme. A relationship developes between the presenter Robyn Rici, and Sara, Erin’s mother but little do they know that Erin also has a friend.

Yani, Mari Stevens (Y Lolfa)  

A novel about a girl whose parents have separated. Gwawr’s father return to his roots in Australia, and when Gwawr visits him she learns more about his aboriginal background.

The name of the winner of the English Award will be announced at CILIP Wales’s annual conference in Llandrindod on Thursday, 13 May, and the winners of the Welsh Awards at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Ceredigion, on Thursday, 3 June.

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of the Children’s Books Department at the Books Council, said

‘The short-listed titles reflect the high standard of books published for children and young people in Wales and also the variety of titles available. It is encouraging to see new and young authors reaching the short-list this year.’

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