Young Novelists Win The 2010 Tir na n-Og Awards

3 Jun 2010

The Welsh Books Council has announced the names of the winners of the Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2010, 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 Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council, were presented to the authors in a special ceremony at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Ceredigion.

PRIMARY CATEGORY
The winner in the primary category is  Trwy’r Tonnau  – Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa).

A lively, gripping novel and a sequel to  Trwy’r Darlun.  Cledwyn, Siân and Gili Dŵ have yet another adventure in the magical land of Crug which is full of different creatures. They unravel more mysteries about their parents and we also meet new characters. There is a moral to this story which will appeal to readers aged 9–13.

Manon Steffan Ros was brought up in Rhiwlas, Dyffryn Ogwen, and now lives in Pennal, Bro Dysynni, near Machynlleth. She won the Drama Medal at the National Eisteddfod in Eryri and Swansea.

Manon Steffan Ros said, ‘I love writing for children and winning the prestigious Tir na n-Og Award means a lot to me.’

SECONDARY CATEGORY
The winner of the secondary category is  Codi Bwganod  – Rhiannon Wyn (Y Lolfa).

Codi Bwganod  contains the ingredients for a successful novel – the amusing and the serious, the sad and the incredible.

Erin has recently moved into a smart old mansion which is featured on a TV programme. A relationship develops between the presenter Robyn Rici, and Sara, Erin’s mother, but little do they know that Erin also has a friend. The novel flows smoothly and effortless; the dialogue and the freshness of the humour is effective.

Rhiannon Wyn was brought up in Groeslon, Caernarfon. After graduating in Welsh and Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, she took time off to travel the world. She now writes scripts for  Rownd a Rownd  and  Pobol y Cwm.  This is her first novel for young people.

Rhiannon Wyn said, ‘Receiving this award has given me confidence to proceed with other projects.’

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of Children’s Books Department, Welsh Books Council said, ‘We are very pleased that both the winners of the Tir na n-Og Award this year are new and young authors. This comes as no surprise as the two hail from a literary background – Manon being the daughter of the poet and composer Steve Eaves, and Rhiannon the daughter of the author Eirug Wyn. Things are looking up for the future of the Welsh novel.’

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