Award-winning Author Returns to his Roots

4 Jan 2017

The Welsh Books Council’s popular @LlyfrDaFabBooks author tour initiative takes to the road once again. This time Tir na n-Og winner Griff Rowland will be visiting schools across Wales to meet primary and secondary school pupils and introduce them to the tale of Mostyn Price and his quest to find his racing pigeon, Mister Lloyd.

The Search for Mister Lloyd was the winner of the 2016 Tir na n-Og English-language Award, Wales’s top prize for authors of books for children and young adults. Griff Rowland is a freelance director of TV programmes and dramas such as Coronation Street, Holby City and Hollyoaks, who was born in Bangor and now lives in the Canton area of Cardiff. Griff says, "This is my first novel, and it’s been a lot of work producing the book. It’s a quirky story about pigeons, but I had faith in the novel and what I was trying to convey. I wrote it now and again, between spells of television work. Without any idea as to whether anyone would like the story, I carried on as it was important to me. My mother, Beryl Stafford Williams, is a novelist and was previously an English teacher; her father, Stafford Thomas, was a poet; and my father, J. Gwynn Williams, is an historian and a past president of the National Library. It seems books and stories are in my blood!" According to Bethan M. Hughes, Chair of the 2016 Tir na n-Og judging panel: "Full of rich language and creative images, this is a pacy modern quest story full of emotional peaks and troughs. Told from different narrative viewpoints, it intrigues and engages the reader from the outset with its chatty direct style which cleverly parodies old public information films and modern online chat. It explores family relationships, especially the role of the father figure, and the support and loyalty of friendships. Set in both Bangor and London, it weaves Welsh phrases and names effortlessly into the narrative. This is a novel which makes you laugh one minute and which tugs at your heartstrings the next, full of memorable scenes and dilemmas." Helen Jones, on behalf of the Welsh Books Council, added: "The @LlyfrDaFabBooks Author Tour initiative is a great opportunity to promote reading and to develop creative writing in an interactive way." It will take place between 16th and 20th January, beginning in Cardiff by visiting Willowbrook and Meadowlane primary schools and Bishop of Llandaff and Cardiff High schools, before heading north to Bangor where Griff will visit Friars School and Ysgol Tryfan, where he studied as a teenager.

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