Humour, Fantasy and More: The 2011 Tir na n-Og Awards

25 Feb 2011

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the short list of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards 2011. 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.

Wendy Lloyd Jones, Chair of the English-language Selection Panel, said, 'It was a pleasure to reconvene with panel members to discuss the 2010 English-language books. During our deliberations, the importance of outstanding quality in the winning text was seen as essential in order to maintain the status of the award.'

Gwenan Ellis Jones, Chair of the Welsh-language Selection Panel, added, 'Reading through the wealth of original Welsh-language books for children and young people published during 2010 has been a great pleasure. It is heartening to see the standard and variety of books – poetry, novels and short stories – that have been produced.'

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

Best English-language Category

Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty  – Jon Blake (Pont)

The Rugby Zombies  – Dan Anthony (Pont)

Three Little Sheep  – Rob Lewis (Pont)

Wales – a Very Peculiar History  (The Cherished Library)  – Rupert Matthews (Book House)

Best Welsh-language Primary Category

Bwystfilod a Bwganod  (Cyfres yr Onnen)  – Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)

Diolch, Sgrwff  (Cyfres Swigod)  – Gwen Redvers Jones (Gomer)

Dirgelwch y Bont  (Cyfres Strach)  – Hywel Griffiths (Gomer)

Mr Abracadabra Jones  – Mari Stevens (Y Lolfa)


Best Welsh-language Secondary Category

Stwff Guto S. Tomos  (Cyfres yr Onnen)  – Lleucu Roberts (Y Lolfa)

Y Cwestiwn Mawr  (Cyfres yr Onnen)  – Meinir Pierce Jones (Y Lolfa)

Y Ddwy Lisa: Cysgod yr Hebog  (Cyfres y Dderwen)  – Gareth F. Williams (Y Lolfa)

Elwyn Jones, Director of 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 young authors, as well as familiar faces, reaching the short list this year.’

The name of the winner of the English-language Award will be announced at CILIP Wales’s annual conference in Llandrindod on Thursday, 12 May, and the winners of the Welsh-language Awards at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Swansea, on Thursday, 2 June.

The awards, which recognise the exceptional quality and range of books for children and teenagers in both languages, are sponsored by CILIP Wales (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council.

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