Announcing the name of Wales's Favourite Author - Caryl Lewis

7 Mar 2013

To celebrate World Book Day in Wales, it was announced on Nia Roberts’s programme on Radio Cymru that the winner of the competition to find Wales’s Favourite Author is Caryl Lewis.

Announcing the name of Wales's Favourite Author - Caryl Lewis
The popular author, who was born in Dihewyd, near Aberaeron, now lives on a farm near Aberystwyth and she writes for both children and adults. Her novel  Iawn Boi?  won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2005, and she won the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 2005 with her novel  Martha, Jac a Sianco  –  a work which reflects the changes in rural Wales through her sensitive portrayal of the relationship between two brothers and a sister who are running the family farm. The novel has since been translated into English and adapted as a film shown on S4C. To date, Caryl has published more than twenty titles, including her latest novel,  Naw Mis  (2009).

"Winning this competition is a great honour for me,"  said Caryl Lewis,  "especially as the choice was made by the readers themselves. Naturally, every author is glad to know that their work appeals to the audience."

The competition was arranged by Radio Cymru, in conjunction with the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales, with a shortlist of ten authors being drawn up by a panel which included booksellers and librarians. Following a discussion on the work of each of the authors on Nia Roberts’s programme on Radio Cymru, listeners were invited to vote for their favourite author.

Lowri Davies, Editor for General Programming on BBC Radio Cymru, said:  "This was a very interesting competition, with ten well-known authors on the short list. Congratulations to Caryl Lewis, who was voted the most popular. Caryl has certainly made her mark over recent years as the author of works for children and adults, in several different media. Her works, such as the novel  Martha, Jac a Sianco,  have made a strong impression on Welsh readers, and this award is proof of her popularity."

The Welsh Books Council was responsible for coordinating the Book Day events in Wales, and Angharad Tomos, Head of the Council’s Department of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion, said:  "The success of Radio Cymru’s competition to name Wales’s Favourite Author, and the lively debate inspired by the names on the shortlist, is a clear indication of the interest in the work of Welsh authors and the enjoyment had from reading their work. It is significant, too, on Book Day, that the choice of winner was in the hands of the readers themselves, and we are delighted to congratulate Caryl on her success."

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, added:  "Literature Wales congratulates Caryl Lewis on her success in this competition. Caryl is one of the most popular writers working with children and young people through Literature Wales’ Writers on Tour and Young People’s Writing Squads schemes – and a former Wales Book of the Year winner to boot."

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