Finding Wales's Favourite Welsh-language Author

8 Feb 2013

In the lead-up to World Book Day, Radio Cymru  –  in partnership with the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales  –  are running a competition to find  Wales’s favourite Welsh-language author.

On Nia Roberts’s afternoon radio show on Thursday 7 February, the names of the ten shortlisted authors were announced. These are Caradog Prichard, Islwyn Ffowc Elis, Angharad Price, Manon Steffan Ros, Dewi Prysor, Jon Gower, Kate Roberts, Caryl Lewis, Bethan Gwanas and William Owen Roberts.

Lowri Davies, BBC Radio Cymru Editor of General Programmes, said,  "Wales’s Favourite Author is a very exciting project, and gives us an opportunity to discuss the work of some of Wales’s foremost authors. But the final choice will be made by the public, and we will be asking Radio Cymru listeners to vote for their favourite from the ten authors on the short list; we will announce on World Book Day, 7 March, which name has topped the list. Radio Cymru celebrates World Book Day annually, but this year we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales to hear the views of readers from all parts of Wales."

The shortlist was produced by a specialist panel which included two booksellers, two librarians, representatives from Literature Wales, the National Library of Wales, Merched y Wawr,  Y CymroGolwg   and   Barn,  as well as Catrin Beard, the experienced literary critic and reviewer.

During the week commencing 18  February 2013, two authors will be discussed each day by special guests on Nia’s show. The following week, from 25 February, the public will be able to vote for their favourite author on Radio Cymru’s website, with the winner announced on World Book Day, Thursday 7 March. To vote, go to  bbc.co.uk/radiocymru.

World Book Day in Wales is coordinated by the Welsh Books Council and the Chief Executive, Elwyn Jones, said,  "This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight Welsh authors and their work, and it is certain to encourage a great deal of discussion and debate regarding the shortlist, let alone the eventual winner. World Book Day celebrates the importance of literacy and reading for pleasure, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Radio Cymru and Literature Wales."

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, said,  "Literature Wales is extremely pleased to be working in partnership with both the BBC and the Welsh Books Council on this exciting new initiative. It allows the most important people of all  –  the readers  –  to take part in a campaign to promote Welsh-language writers, and to have some fun on the way by voting for their favourite author of all time. I am looking forward immensely to the result!"

World Book Day 2013 will be held on Thursday 7 March, with many interesting events and activities taking place across Wales. To find out more, please go to   http://bit.ly/worldbookday   or follow us on Facebook Diwrnod Y Llyfr / World Book Day and Twitter @DYLLCymruWBDWales.

 

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