Book of the Year

crapbooks1The Wales Book of the Year award is administered by Literature Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales, and is supposed to be presented to the ‘best’ Welsh-language and English-language works published each year in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

Well, isn’t this lovely you might say? What could possibly be wrong with it? Read on…

Unfortunately, the writers and judges of this award are all members of the self-appointed gravy train once again. Rarely do we see a writer from outside their ranks winning a prize or judging the competition. Don’t believe us?  Just check the list of names (and surnames for family members) of the winners, shortlisted writers and judges – yep, you’ve guessed it – like everything else at Literature Wales they take it in turns to get the cash!

While you’re at that why not cross-reference with the list of bursary recipients.  It really does make quite interesting reading, unlike their mostly shitty books.

2017 Award:

English

to be announced…

Judges
Tyler Keevil (previous bursary winner), Dimitra Fimi and Jonathan Edwards (previous Pulp of the Year winner and bursary winner)

Welsh

to be announced…

Judges
Catrin Beard (finger in many cash pies, including: on LW board plus the corrupt translation / holiday scam), Mari George (previous bursary winner) and Eirian James (runs a bookshop that sells the LW crap)

2016 Award:

English

Thomas Morris
Philip Gross
Thomas Morris
Jasmine Donahaye

Judges
Tony Brown (previous bursary winner), Caroline Sanderson and Justin Albert

Welsh

Caryl Lewis
Mererid Hopwood
Caryl Lewis
Gruffydd Aled Williams

Judges
Lleucu Roberts (previous bursary winner), Llion Pryderi Roberts (previous bursary winner) and Huw Stephens

2015 Award:

English

Patrick McGuinness
Tiffany Atkinson
Cynan Jones
Jonathan Edwards

Judges

Alex Clark
Tessa Hadley
Paul Henry

Welsh

Gareth F. Williams
Rhys Iorwerth
Llŷr Gwyn Lewis
Lleucu Roberts

Judges

Annes Glynn
Hywel Griffiths
Gareth Potter

2014 Award:

English

Owen Sheers
Meic Stephens
Mike Jenkins
Jemma L. King
Tessa Hadley
Tyler Keevil
Francesca Rhydderch
M. Wynn Thomas
Thelma Wheatley

Judges

Jasper Rees
Andrew Webb
Nadia Kamil

Welsh

Ioan Kidd
Christine James
Alan Llwyd

2013 Award:

English

Rhian Edwards
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
Deryn Rees-Jones
John Harrison
Meic Stephens
Jeremy Moore
Jon Gower
James Smyth
Gee Williams
Matthew Francis

Judges

Jasper Fforde
Ffion Hague
Richard Marggraff Turley

Welsh

Llion Jones
Eigra Lewis Roberts
Aneirin Karadog
Manon Steffan Ros
Dewi Prysor
Tony Bianchi
Meic Stephens
Aled Jones Williams
Heini Gruffudd

Judges

Alun Gibbard
Bethan Elfyn
Elin ap Hywel

2012 Award:

English

Patrick McGuinness
Robert Minhinnick
Joe Dunthorne
Gwyneth Lewis
Philip Gross
Tiffany Atkinson
Richard Gwyn
Byron Rogers
Iain Sinclair

Judges

Dr Spencer Jordan
Dr Sam Adams
Trezza Azzopardi

Welsh

Jon Gower
Manon Rhys
Mihangel Morgan
Karen Owen
Ifor ap Glyn
Gerwyn Wiliams
Allan James
Alan Llwyd
Glenda Carr

Judges

Jason Walford Davies
Bethan Mair Hughes
Kate Woodward

2011 Award:

English

John Harrison
Pascale Petit
Alastair Reynolds

Judges

Francesca Rhydderch
Jon Gower
Deborah Kay Davies

Welsh

Ned Thomas
Dewi Prysor
Angharad Price

Judges

Simon Brooks
Kate Crockett
Gerwyn Wiliams

2010 Award:

English

Philip Gross
Nikolai Tolstoy
Terri Wiltshire

Judges

Ian Gregson
James Hawes
Sara Edwards

Welsh

John Davies
Caryl Lewis
Hywel Griffiths

Judges

John Gwilym Jones
Aled Lewis Evans
Branwen Gwyn

2009 Award:

English

Deborah Kay Davies
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
Gee Williams

Judges

Mike Parker
John Barnie
Tiffany Atkinson

Welsh

Wiliam Owen Roberts
Geraint V Jones
Hefin Wyn

2008 Award:

English

Dannie Abse
Nia Wyn
Tom Bullough

Judges

Mavis Nicholson
Damian Walford Davies
Trevor Fishlock

Welsh

Gareth Miles
Ceri Wyn Jones
Tony Bianchi

Judges

Siân Thomas
Huw Meirion Edwards
Aled Islwyn

2007 Award:

English

Lloyd Jones
Jim Perrin
Christine Evans

Judges

Carolyn Hitt
Katie Gramich
Patrick McGuinness

Welsh

Llwyd Owen
T. Robein Chapman
Gwen Pritchard Jones

Judges

Elinor Jones
John Rowlands
Gwion Hallam

2006 Award:

English

Robert Minhinnick
Kitty Sewell
Ifor Thomas

Judges

Nicola Heywood Thomas
John Sam Jones
Daniel Williams

Welsh

Rhys Evans
Dafydd Johnston
Manon Rhys

Judges

Catrin Beard
Elan Closs Stephens
Ieuan Wyn

2005 Award:

English

Owen Sheers
Trezza Azzopardi
Richard Collins

Judges

Charlotte Williams
Tony Brown
Patrick Hannan

Welsh

Caryl Lewis
Bethan Gwanas
Elin Llwyd Morgan

Judges

Meg Elis
Tony Bianchi
Hafina Clwyd

2004 Award:

English

Niall Griffiths
Emyr Humphreys
Gwyneth Lewis

Judges

Heike Roms
Sheenagh Pugh
Mario Basini

Welsh

Jerry Hunter
Jason Walford Davies
Owen Martell

Judges

Grahame Davies
Mererid Puw Davies
Lyn Ebeneser

We should add that each category winner receives £2,000 and the overall winner then wins an additional £6,000 of your taxpayers money.  Judges also get paid of course.

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6 thoughts on “Book of the Year

    Welsh Dai said:
    December 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Good on you people! Many people in the world of literature have known about this corruption for years. Julian Ruck is one who has spoken out and good on him! I wonder if Week In Week Out would do a story on this bunch of scroungers?

    Lisa Mayer said:
    July 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    What an excellent website! Have to agree with your comments 100%. No-one outside Wales has ever heard of these ‘writers’. I travel all over the UK as a book seller. I only have a few copies of the rubbish these people produce but I never sell any. Why? Because the majority of the sanitised sriting coming from Wales is so awful. Just pretentious crap most of it. I see a new book by Tony Curtis and Graeme Davies has just been released with poetry and imagery. Not bad photographs but the poetry is appalling. No doubt this book will win Wales Book of the Year next year – that is about the standard these people seem to commend. Oh yes and it’s probably their turn to get the tax payers money too!! Good luck with your campaign to root out these hangers on, you certainly have my support!

    Jim said:
    August 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I see that talentless Rhian Edwards has been given some of our taxpayers money (£8,000) to cushion her maternity leave. Oh there’s nice. Does make me wonder how they find so many useless writers to become part of their group, or perhaps that is the point. A good writer might stand out, sell some books and then it would draw more attention to the rest of them. You can see how truly ordinary she is here – http://www.rhianedwards.co.uk/category/media

    literaturewales1 responded:
    June 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Will update latest pile of pulp soon. Apologies, been away on holidays.

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