Book of the Year
Well, 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 Clark, Tessa Hadley (£4,810) and Paul Henry (£6,425).
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.
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.
Although it’s still only 2013, the 2014 Cardiff poetry competition is open again. One of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition with a whopping £5,000 first prize. So, if it’s not your turn to get a bursary, win Book of the Year, etc. then why not enter.
Of course it does cost £7 to send a poem in.
Good luck everybody – you know who you are.