Two Win for the Second Time

7 Jun 2012

History was created this year as two authors won the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og awards for a second time, and at the same time as each other.  MANON STEFFAN ROS  and  RHIANNON WYN  were the winners in 2010, and both have won the same awards again this year. The awards were presented to them by Carwyn Jones, AC, First Minister of Wales, on the main platform of the Eryri National Urdd Eisteddfod, during a special ceremony held on Thursday afternoon, 7 June 2012.

Two Win for the Second Time

The Tir na n-Og awards are presented annually by the Welsh Books Council to the authors of the best books for children and young people published during the previous year. The awards were established in 1976 and, over the years, they have been presented to some of Wales’s leading authors of children’s books.

The primary school category was won by  Manon Steffan Ros  for  Prism,  a beautifully sensitive novel. In the story, family stresses lead to a big adventure for two brothers  – Twm, the eldest, and Math, who has mental and social problems. Twm decides to give his mother a break by taking his brother on holiday – a holiday which changes the brothers’ lives for ever.

Manon was brought up in Rhiwlas, in the Ogwen valley, and she now lives at Pennal, near Aberdyfi, with her husband and two sons. She won the Drama Medal at the Eryri and Swansea National Eisteddfodau, and was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award in the Wales Book of the Year competition in 2010 for  Fel Aderyn  (Y Lolfa, 2009), her first novel for adults.

Manon said: "I’m delighted to win this prestigious award for the second time  – it’s a great honour for me. Winning a national award such as Tir na n-Og is a huge boost for any author."

Winning the secondary school category was the achievement of  Rhiannon Wyn,  for her novel  Yr Alarch Du.  In this story, the fair has arrived at Caernarfon and has had a detrimental effect on three of the town’s inhabitants  – Mathew, John and Lara. We follow their lives over four days, culminating in a tragic outcome.

Rhiannon was brought up in Groeslon, near Caernarfon. The family ran a bookshop, and she was encouraged to write from an early age. After graduating at Aberystwyth University, she travelled around the world. She now works as a scriptwriter on the television series  Rownd a Rownd.

Rhiannon added:  "Having won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2010 with my book  Codi Bwganod,  it is an honour and a pleasure to win this prestigious award for a second time. It is particularly pleasing that Manon and I are co-winners once again."

Both  Prism  and  Alarch Du  are published by Y Lolfa, Tal-y-bont.

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said:  "It is an honour to congratulate both Manon and Rhiannon on their success in winning the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards 2012 for the second time. The standard of the books on the short list was particularly high this year, reflecting the wide variety of titles published. We warmly congratulate both authors, and publishers Y Lolfa, on their success."

The Tir na n-Og Awards are sponsored by CILIP Cymru/Wales (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), together with Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion. With the support of the Urdd, the awards will be presented at their National Eisteddfod.

Two Win for the Second Time

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