Welsh Book of the Year Award 2013

18 Jul 2013

Rhian Edwards wins Wales Book of the Year 2013 for her collecion of poetry,  Clueless Dogs  (Seren).

Rhian Edwards wins the 2013 Book of the Year award for her collecion of poetry,  Clueless Dogs  (Seren).

Clueless Dogs  is the first collection of poetry by Rhian Edwards. Already a noted performer of both her songs and poetry, this book confirms her startling talent. Poems like 'The Welshman Who Couldn't Sing' chronicle a fraught childhood in Bridgend, south Wales, where the sensitive child escapes through imaginative games of 'Playing Dead' and 'Broken Lifeboat'.

Rhian Edwards and her collection,  Clueless Dogs , also won The Roland Mathias Poetry Award. The winner of the Fiction category is James Smythe with his novel  The Testimony  (Blue Door) and the winner of the Creative Non-Fiction category is John Harrison with  Forgotten Footprints  (Parthian Books.)

The English-language judges for 2013 were Ffion Hague, Richard Marggraf Turley and Jasper Fforde. The competition was run by Literature Wales.

The winner of Media Wales' People's Choice Award is also Rhian Edwards for her collection of poetry,  Clueless Dogs  (Seren).

Heini Gruffudd and his volume,  Yr Erlid  (Y Lolfa), won the Welsh-language Award. Click on 'Cymraeg' above for more details.

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Media Release by Literature Wales

On Thursday 18 July Literature Wales announced Rhian Edwards as the winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2013 for her debut poetry collection  Clueless Dogs  (Seren). Rhian won the Poetry Category which is known as the Roland Mathias Poetry Award, and the judges believed that her collection was deserving of the overall title of Wales Book of the Year 2013. Rhian is an immensely popular performance poet who also won both the judges and audience prizes in the 2011 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Rhian was awarded a Literature Wales New Writer’s Bursary in 2012 to work on her next poetry collection.  The readers of Wales agreed wholeheartedly with the judge’s choice this year, as Rhian also topped the public vote for the Media Wales People’s Prize. 

The winners were announced at an Award Ceremony hosted by  Gavin and Stacey  actor Steffan Rhodri and popular Welsh TV presenter Ffion Davis at the spectacular Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. The cheques and trophies were presented to the winners by The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, and the Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Dai Smith.

The winner of the Fiction Category for 2013 is James Smythe for his post-apocalyptic novel  The Testimony  (Blue Door). John Harrison, whose book  Cloud Road  (Parthian) was named Wales Book of the Year in 2011 topped the Creative Non-fiction Category again this year with  Forgotten Footprints  (Parthian).

Each category winner was awarded  £2,000, and the main award winner in each language received an additional  £6,000. The 2013 English-language judges were Ffion Hague, Richard Marggraf Turley, and Jasper Fforde.

Chief Executive of Literature Wales, Lleucu Siencyn said: "Rhian Edwards is a fantastic example of a writer progressing through the literary ranks. From winning the John Tripp Award in 2011 to receiving a New Writers Bursary in 2012, she has now gone on to win one of Wales’ most prestigious literary awards. I’m delighted to see creative non-fiction taking centre stage in Welsh. Heini Gruffudd’s account of his mother’s life in Germany and Wales during the Second World War is particularly poignant and moving."    

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