Wales Book of the Year 2015

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Money - PoundsWell, summer’s here and the time is right for dishing out cash for crap again. Yep, Literature Wales announced that Other People’s Countries by Patrick McGuinness is the English-language Wales Book of the Year 2015. Didn’t he win a pile of cash before? Judges were Alex ClarkTessa Hadley (£4,810) and Paul Henry (£6,425).

The winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award 2015 went to hanger-on Tiffany Atkinson (£3,849). The winner of the 2015 Fiction Category went to Cynan Jones (£6,800).

The winner of the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Prize 2015 was Jonathan Edwards (£4,000).

So basically, four crap writers (if you could call them that) and three unheard of judges.

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More cynical observers might also note that most of the names above have already had cash from Literature Wales (figures in brackets) or the Arts Council (no figures for these) for other crap they’ve been involved in.

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One thought on “Wales Book of the Year 2015

    literaturewales1 responded:
    March 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

    A friend of mine was talking to one of the judging panel last year and asked whether she should send her own book in. She was basically told don’t bother, the list is done before they even read any books (not that they do read them all of course) and they know whose turn it is for the winner! Why does this not surprise me!

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