Wales Book of the Year 2020

Wales Book of the Year 2020

Literature Wales announces a New Children & Young People’s Category and Ceremony Location

Literature Wales has today announced the inclusion of a new category to the annual Wales Book of the Year Awards. The introduction of a category for books written for Children and Young People will expand the reach and impact of the award and help raise the profile of Wales and its talented authors.

Supporting Literature Wales’  Strategic Plan for 2019-22,  this new category will help to inspire and encourage a new generation of creative readers and writers from Wales. Literature Wales will engage with children and young people to ensure their voices and opinions are heard, as they will have the opportunity to cast a vote in the Children and Young People’s Choice Award.

Lleucu Siencyn, CEO of Literature Wales said “Getting children and young people involved in literature, to identify with the content they read and fall in love with words and stories, can have a lasting positive effect as they grow into adulthood. Through the development of our new Strategic Plan, and sector and partner consultation it became apparent that our stakeholders were eager to see writing for children and young people represented at Wales’  biggest annual literary celebration. We wholeheartedly agree, and this important addition clearly establishes that literature for children is on a par with that which is intended for adult readership.”

The Children and Young People’s category will join the three other longstanding categories – Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction – in both Welsh and English, with one of the four category winners announced as the overall Award Winner at a glittering ceremony next summer. Submissions for the Children and Young People’s category will be intended for readership up to 16 years of age, and fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction are all eligible.

This is the first of a number of announcements for the 2020 award. Further announcements made in 2020 will include information on new partners and sponsors, as well as revealing the judging panels.

Meanwhile, following a successful event at  Aberystwyth Arts Centre  in 2019, Literature Wales is pleased to confirm that the 2020 Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony will be held on  Thursday 25 of June 2020  and will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s  Theatr y Werin  for a second year running.

Dafydd Rhys,  Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre said:  “We are delighted to be hosting the Wales Book of the Year Awards here at Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the second year running. Aberystwyth is without doubt the ‘spiritual home’ of Welsh literature and we are so looking forward to celebrating Welsh writing at its finest.”

Key Dates for 2020

The Wales Book of the Year Short List will be announced on Tuesday 12 May 2020, and the Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. The names of the judging panel will be released during March 2020.

Wales Book of the Year 2020

Aberaeron Book Festival 1-3 Nov

Free event; Book Signings; Author Readings and more…

Friday 01 November 2019 at 7:30pm – Poetry & Music at Monachty Hotel

Saturday 02 November 2019 11am-5pm and Sunday 03 November 10am-4pm – Book Fair at the Memorial Hall

Authors attending Alun Davies; Alys Einion; Chris Armstrong; Colin R Parsons; Daniel Davies; Derek Moore Geraint Evans; Huw Davies; Ifan Morgan Jones; Jackie Biggs; Jacqueline Jeynes; John M Hughes Karen Gemma Brewer; Kathy Miles; Lazarus Carpenter; L E Fitzpatrick; Medi Jones-Jackson Megan Hayes; Meleri Wyn James; Rhiannon Ifans; Sharon Marie Jones; Will Macmillan-Jones Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron; more to be announced

Children’s Story Telling; Writing Workshops; Author Readings; Book Signing.

Sponsored by Gwisgo Bookworm with more information on Facebook: gwyllyfrauaberaeronbookfestival or on / 01545 238 282

Wales Book of the Year 2020

On your marks, get set, write:

#Her100Cerdd is back to celebrate National Poetry Day

Literature Wales is proud to announce that Her 100 Cerdd will return this October for the seventh year in a row. Four poets have been challenged to compose a total of 100 original poems in just 24 hours as part of the National Poetry Day celebrations.

The four brave poets undertaking this year’s challenge are Beth Celyn, Dyfan Lewis, Elinor Wyn Reynolds and Matthew Tucker.

All four poets will need to write at least one poem per hour in order to complete Her 100 Cerdd on time. In the past, the teams of poets managed to reachthe finish-line with only seconds to spare. Will the 2019 crew succeed in completing the greatest poetic challenge of the year?

Since its inception in 2012, Her100Cerdd has offered a unique snapshot of Wales for one day – its politics, its interests, its news and culture. The public are invited to join the challenge by suggesting subjects for on-the-spot poems, and sending words of encouragement over social media.

Among the 500 poems published over the years are verses of love and satire, poems written as a group, poems about music, about pork pies, new arrivals, notable birthdays and even a fictional fight between cult Welsh singers John and Alun and the Gregory Brothers.

During the 24 hours the poets will be based at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, run by Literature Wales, where the muse can be found in every nook and cranny.

The team will start their challenge at noon on Wednesday 2 October, and the final poem must be finished by noon on Thursday 3 October. National Poetry Day, held on Thursday 3 October, is an annual celebration of poetry taking place across the UK each year. The poems will be published online at throughout the 24 hours, so that the public can follow their progress.

Join in with Her 100 Cerdd with messages of support or requests by using the #Her100Cerdd hashtag on Twitter, or sending a message to Literature Wales on Facebook or by email to A link to the poems will be posted individually on the Twitter account @LlenCymru and on our Facebook page:

The Poets

Beth Celyn

Beth Celyn is a creative artist originally from Denbigh and is now developing her career as a poet and musician in Cardiff. Beth is a graduate from King’s College, London where she read English Literature, and recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bangor University. She released an EP called Troi in December 2017 and has collaborated on a number of projects with BBC Horizons, recorded with the folk band Vrï, and wrote an original musical for the theatre company Sbarc-Galeri. Beth travels extensively across Wales as part of the poetic collective, Cywion Cranogwen. She was BBC Radio Cymru’s Poet of the Month in November 2018, and was commissioned to write poems inspired by the Gold Medal for Architecture winners at the Llanrwst National Eisteddfod in 2019 which were exhibited at Y Lle Celf.

Dyfan Lewis

Dyfan Lewis was brought up in Craig-cefn-parc, Swansea. He went to Cardiff University to study Welsh and has now made his home in the city. Dyfan is a recipient of a Literature Wales New Writer’s Bursary 2019, and with this support aims to develop a series of essays based on his time in South-east Asia, discussing his experiences there, and ‘travelling’ as a phenomenon amongst his generation. He published a pamphlet of poems, Mawr, in 2019.

Elinor Wyn Reynolds

Elinor Wyn Reynolds is a poet, author, playwright and book editor who hails from Carmarthen. She performs her work regularly and over the years has been involved in several poetry tours: Dal Clêr, Taith Glyndwr and Lliwiau Rhyddid and was one of many poets taking part in the Siwpyr Stomp at the National Eisteddfod in 2018. Elinor has extensive experience of working as an editor for Welsh books for children and adults alike, and she also runs poetry workshops for children and adults.

Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker hails from Pontarddulais but now lives in Burry Port. He graduated in Welsh from Swansea University and is now studying an MA in Literature and Creative Writing as well as embarking on a PGCE course at Trinity Saint David University. Matthew attended one of the Cynghaneddu courses at Tŷ Newydd thanks to the support of Cronfa Gerallt (Barddas).