Dylan Thomas

Cash for Owen?

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After being given £8,000 for his truly terrible Wales Book of the Year, golden boy Owen Sheers is tipped to win the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize this year as well. Nice job if you can get it eh!

Here is the Short List in full:

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)
Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Faber & Faber)
Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May (Fourth Estate)
Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press)
Owen Sheers, Mametz (National Theatre Wales)
Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway (Picador)

This time he could net £30,000 and pay off the mortgage on his farm perhaps?

Let’s hope Cerys Mathews doesn’t blot her copybook by listening to those who tell her to pick him!

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New Troughers Announced

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This month sees yet another £81,000 of taxpayers money dished out to so-called “writers” no-one has ever heard of.  True, there are a few unpublished writers in there too (six we counted, although LW say it is eleven) but once again the vast majority of the cash is gifted to “published” writers – most, if not all, are unknown, talentless and worse still – previous bursary recipients!  Disgusting you might say? Well, we’ll agree with you.

But if this serious business of handing out taxpayers money without scrutiny wasn’t enough, Literature Wales even have the gall to announce to the world that they have awarded over £1 million in Writers’ Bursaries to their friends and family!

And out of that million quid the only “famous” writers they can come up with are: Belinda Bauer, Lloyd Jones, Daniel Morden & Gwyneth Lewis.  Yes, you’re right again, no-one outside Wales has ever heard of them.

How sad that in this, Dylan Thomas’s centenary year, LW still can’t give 100% of its financial support to new writers!

Link to who got what this year – click here.

US writer wins Welsh cash

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The Dylan Thomas prize for 2013 was won by Claire Vaye Watkins. She won £30,000 of our taxpayers money for a book that is set in Nevada and judging by the reviews sounds like it will be lucky to sell a few copies.  Mmm?  The California-born author won the prize for Battleborn.

The question we have is – why is an American, writing about America winning Welsh taxpayers money?

Meanwhile, Welsh writer Jemma L King whose debut poetry collection, The Shape of a Forest, was short-listed for the celebrated Dylan Thomas Prize.  Jemma will be one of a team of writers who will deliver one hour workshops in schools throughout Wales as part of Literature Wales’ Developing Dylan project.  Jemma was also awarded a New Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales, to work on her next collection of poetry between 2013 – 2014.