Experienced author and new talent win prestigious children's book awards

2 Jun 2011

The Welsh Books Council has announced the names of the winners of the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards from the Urdd Eisteddfod stage. These awards are given for the best books for children and young people.

Experienced author and new talent win prestigious children's book awards
Hywel Griffiths has made a notable achievement by winning the primary-category award with his first novel for children, Dirgelwch y Bont . This is a historical fantasy, which follows the adventures of three friends as they travel back in time to the exciting days of Owain Glyndŵr.  The book was published by Gwasg Gomer as part of its Cyfres Strach series.

Lleucu Roberts, a very experienced author and a previous winner of the Tir na n-Og Award, has won the secondary-sector category this year for her novel  Stwff Guto S. Tomos .  This is the witty diary of a 14-year-old boy who lives with an unconventional family.  The book was published by y Lolfa as part of its Cyfres yr Onnen series. 

Hywel Griffiths was born in Carmarthen and brought up on a farm near Llangynog.  He started writing prose and poetry when he was a pupil at Ysgol Bro Myrddin.  He studied at Aberystwyth University, where he now works as a lecturer in geography.  He won the Urdd Eisteddfod chair in Anglesey in 2004 and in Carmarthenshire in 2007, and the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol crown in Cardiff in 2008.  His first individual collection of poetry, Banerog, reached the Wales Book of the Year shortlist in 2010.

Hywel Griffiths said, ‘It is highly encouraging to be awarded the Tir na n-Og Award for my first novel.  I very much hope that the children of Wales will have as much fun reading the novel as I did writing it.’

Lleucu Roberts comes originally from Llanfihangel Genau’r Glyn in Ceredigion and she was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.  She has been living in Rhostryfan, Gwynedd for fifteen years and is a full-time author.  She has scripted several series for S4C.  Stwff Guto S. Tomos  is her fifth novel.

Lleucu Roberts said, ‘Having won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2009 for Annwyl Smotyn Bach, it is an honour and a pleasure to win this prestigious award for the second time.’

The awards, worth £1,000 each, have been sponsored by Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales for the past few years, but this year Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion is an additional sponsor.  The prizes were presented to the authors at a special ceremony on the Urdd Eisteddfod stage in Swansea on 2 June.

Elwyn Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council, said, ‘It is very good to be able to congratulate a new author and an experienced author on winning the 2011 Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards.  The standard of the shortlisted books was extremely high this year, reflecting the variety of books being published.  It is a great pleasure to congratulate the authors and the publishers on their success.’

Experienced author and new talent win prestigious children's book awards

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