Leading the field in Welsh literature once again, Swansea University’s creative writers feature prominently in the shortlist for the Wales Book of the Year Awards 2016.
In the Creative Non-Fiction category, two of the three shortlisted books are by Swansea University staff: Losing Israel, by Creative Writing Associate Professor Jasmine Donahaye (Seren), and Wales Unchained, by Professor of English, Daniel G. Williams (University of Wales Press).
Shortlisted for the Welsh-language Fiction Award is Swansea Creative Writing lecturer Jon Gower’s Norte (Gomer). And on the English language fiction shortlist is Swansea University Professor of Creativity Owen Sheers, for I Saw a Man (Faber & Faber).
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Merthyr Tydfil on July 21st. Each category winner will receive £1,000, and the overall award winners in each language will receive a further £3,000. Each winner will also receive a specially commissioned trophy created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones.
Director of Creative Writing at Swansea University Professor D.J. Britton said: “These nominations cap a great year for Creative Writing at Swansea, coming after our graduate Rebecca F. John’s winning the PEN International new voices award in Canada, and a host of other nominations and publications. Together with the international attention the Dylan Thomas literary prize has brought to the university, nominations like these are helping to establish Swansea as a major force in new writing”.
Also at the award ceremony People’s Choice Awards for the reading public’s favourite titles in both English and Welsh will be announced. So do get behind our Swansea nominees by giving them your vote. To support our writers in the English language go to: http://www.walesartsreview.org/wales-book-of-the-year-peoples-choice-award-2016/. For the Welsh language vote go to: www.golwg360.com. Polls close on June 30th.
Jasmine Donahaye’s Losing Israel is also shortlisted in a separate search for the best travel book, compiled by New Welsh Review. You can vote until July 6th on: http://www.newwelshwritingawards.com/best-travel-book-poll/
For further information on the Wales Book of the Year Award visit: www.literaturewales.org/book-of-the-year.
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- RIAH, Swansea University