'Broken Hallelujah': M Wynn Thomas award winner

The inaugural M Wynn Thomas Award has been awarded for an essay about the links between passion, song-writing and religion.

This significant new award  named in honour of a Swansea University academic to recognise the best critical work the field of Welsh writing in English, has been awarded to University of Glamorgan lecturer Dr Kevin Mills.

Dr Kevin MillsBedwas-born academic and poet Dr Mills is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glamorgan where he teaches courses in Shakespeare, early modern literature, myth, and hybrid writing.

His prize-winning essay, ‘Broken Hallelujah’, considers the ways in which history, fiction and journalism depicted the events, processes and characters of the religious revival of 1904-5, interweaving the critical discussion with an account of personal experience and a reading of Leonard Cohen’s song.

Dr Mills said: “For my work to attract this kind of endorsement from my peers is very gratifying. It makes me feel that I am contributing in a small way to the literary culture of Wales. I’m very pleased that the prize bears the name of M Wynn Thomas; he’s done so much to develop interest in Welsh writing in English.”

The M Wynn Thomas award was sponsored by Swansea University, Parthian, The Library of Wales and The Learned Society of Wales and is now set to become an annual award.