Welsh PhD student scoops Wales Book of the Year 2017 Welsh-language Poetry Award

At a glittering awards ceremony in Cardiff, Literature Wales announced that Bylchau by the chaired bard, Aneirin Karadog is the winner of Wales Book of the Year 2017 Welsh-language Poetry Award.

‌Aneirin is currently studying for a PhD in the Department of Welsh at the University.

Aneirin KaradogBylchau is a collection that reflects on the gaps left by personal and public loss, and loss to language and culture, and for what grows in those gaps again.

On accepting the award, Aneirin said: "Reaching the shortlist in this category  was a privilege in itself, but the fact that Bylchau, my second volume, won the poetry category, as my first volume of poems, O Annwn i Geltia, filled me with pride. The thought that a group of critics has gone to read, discuss and appreciate my work in an honour. The attention that comes from winning such an award and winning the poetry category can mean the discovery of new audiences. But more importantly, this is to be part of a celebration of Welsh books, as the industry is generally healthier than ever before the work the presses are doing and the talents that are across Wales in terms of authors”.


The winners were announced at an award ceremony held in The Tramshed, Cardiff on Monday 13 November, hosted by BBC Radio Wales’ Eleri Siôn, in the company of the competition’s judges, shortlisted writers and their guests, publishers, partners and members of the public.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “The Wales Book of the Year ceremony is one of the most significant events in the Welsh literary calendar, and a celebration of the very best writers in both Welsh and English. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”