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Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE WELSH-LANGUAGE TIR NA N-OG AWARDS 2024The winners in the Welsh-language categories of the 2024 Tir Na n-Og Awards were announced today, 29 May, in a special lunchtime ceremony at the Urdd Eisteddfod Maldwyn in Meifod.The winner in the primary age category is Jac a’r Angel by Daf James, and the winner in the secondary age category is Astronot yn yr Atig by Megan Angharad Hunter. The two winning novels celebrate the power of imagination to help us navigate difficult...

Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

Announcing the Winner of the English-language Tir na n-Og Award 2024

Where the River Takes Us by Lesley Parr (published by Bloomsbury Publishing) is the 2024 winner of the Tir na n-Og English-language Award for children and young people’s literature.  Author Lesley Parr has won the Tir na n-Og English-language Award with Where the River Takes Us, a pacy 1970s adventure set in a Welsh valley, published by Bloomsbury. The winning book was announced at a lunchtime ceremony on Friday 17 May, at the CILIP Cymru Wales conference in Cardiff, by singer, actor and...

Announcing funding of £500,000 for the New Audiences Grant 3

Announcing funding of £500,000 for the New Audiences Grant 3

The Books Council of Wales is inviting applications for a third round of the New Audiences Grant, thanks to £500,000 of funding from Welsh Government through Creative Wales. The purpose of the grant is to support and develop the publishing industry in Wales. Grants are available for publishers, charities or organisations based in Wales to: Create promotional and marketing plans that will reach new audiences  Grants available for up to £20,000 per applicant for book promotion and marketing...

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English-language Shortlist for 2024 Tir na n-Og Awards revealed

  The Books Council of Wales and influencer, presenter and book lover Ellis Lloyd Jones revealed the English-language shortlist for this year’s Tir na n-Og Awards on Friday 15 March at 12pm, on their Instagram and TikTok channels. The awards celebrate the very best of stories from Wales and about Wales that were published in 2023. The Tir na n-Og Awards are the oldest awards for children’s literature in Wales and are held every year by the Books Council of Wales, supported by CILIP Cymru...

Announcing funding of £500,000 for the New Audiences Grant 3

Announcing the 2024 Tir na n-Og Awards Welsh-language Shortlist

​ The Books Council of Wales revealed the Welsh-language shortlist for this year’s Tir na n-Og Awards on S4C’s programme, Heno on Wednesday 13 March. The awards celebrate the very best of stories from Wales and about Wales that were published in 2023 The Tir na n-Og Awards are the oldest awards for children’s literature in Wales and are held every year by the Books Council of Wales, supported by CILIP Cymru Wales. They celebrate the talents of authors and illustrators who either create...

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Projects awarded funding for New Audiences Grant 2

​The Books Council of Wales has published details of the projects that have been funded by the second year of the New Audiences Grant, with projects from across Wales receiving a share of £400,000 of funding in 2023/24. The New Audiences Grant is funded by Welsh Government through Creative Wales. Its purpose is to strengthen and diversify the publishing industry in Wales. Grants of up to £40,000 were available for organisations and new ventures in Wales to: develop new authors, illustrators or...

Celebrating World Book Day in Wales 2024

Celebrating World Book Day in Wales 2024

Celebrating World Book Day in Wales 2024 The charity World Book Day® is holding its annual celebration on Thursday 7 March. Children throughout the country will be encouraged to enjoy reading, receiving £1 book tokens to exchange for one of the many specially published £1 books for FREE, or to put towards another book of their choice. This year’s Welsh-language book, supported by the Books Council of Wales and published by Rily Publications, is Ffeithiau Ffiaidd: Y Corff.  Written and...

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New tender opportunity for brand new magazine in Wales

The Books Council of Wales is inviting applications for a 4-year contract (2024–28) for a brand-new English-language literary magazine as it opens the tender process today, 4 March 2024. £80,000 per annum is available to develop and establish one new title. The remit of the magazine is for an English-language literary magazine with a strong focus on fiction and creative non-fiction, featuring robust reviews and commentary, and which has a sustainable and adaptable business model at its core. ...

Schools Love Reading project gives a boost to young readers

Schools Love Reading project gives a boost to young readers

Schools Love Reading project gives a boost to young readers In November 2021, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles announced a multi-million-pound investment in reading engagement… and we were about to embark on the most ambitious book-gifting project we have ever managed! The Schools Love Reading programme would provide every child in a state school in Wales with a book of their own to keep, as well as provide additional books for every school’s library. Two years,...

Season’s Greetings 2023

Season’s Greetings 2023

SEASON'S GREETINGS 2023 The Books Council and the Distribution Centre will be closed from Thursday afternoon, 21 December 2023 and will re-open after the holidays on Tuesday, 2 January 2024. We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Announcing funding of £500,000 for the New Audiences Grant 3

Announcing recipients of 2024–28 English-language Cultural Periodicals Grant

The Books Council of Wales has today (7 December) announced the successful recipients of the English-language Cultural Periodicals Grant for 2024–28. The grant, which is funded by Welsh Government through Creative Wales, is awarded as new, standalone funding every four years following an open competitive tender process. The tender was advertised in May, with interviews taking place in November 2023. Grants are awarded by an independent panel following a rigorous application and interview...

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Rhyngom Project to publish 50 books to help with empathy and literacy skills

50 new books to be published in Wales for children and young people, to help with empathy, literacy and to promote reading for pleasure. The Books Council of Wales’ Rhyngom Project, which is funded by the Welsh Government, aims to promote diversity in reading books for pleasure for children and young people aged 3–16 years. The project, which will take place over the next two years, will lead to the publication of 50 reading books for pleasure, celebrating the culture, people and history of...

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Over half a million free books and book tokens distributed to children in Wales

As the school year draws to a close, the Books Council of Wales and Welsh Government are marking a key milestone in the Schools Love Reading book-gifting project to provide every child in a state school in Wales with a book of their own. Almost 300,000 free books and 170,000 book tokens have been given to pupils as the schools individual gifting stage of the project is completed. Last year around 53,000 books were also given to food banks and community groups in the first phase of the project....

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Young voices boost reading for pleasure

Books Council of Wales’ newly appointed Young People’s Panel met for the first time on Friday, 7 July. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure opportunities for young people to express their opinions on reading material and current themes, as well as their aspirations for future publications. The panel will also consider various campaignes to promote reading for pleasure among young people. The panel members were appointed following a call out in February for individuals between 17 and 20 years...

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Magazines Grant 2023

Two new Welsh-language Magazines to launch in 2023 There will be two new Welsh-language magazines available for readers this year after Gwasg Carreg Gwalch and Golwg secured grants from the Books Council of Wales to pilot two new titles. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch will launch their new popular history magazine, Hanes Byw, in September and Golwg will launch a new digital sports magazine by the autumn. The two new titles have been set up with funding from the Books Council of Wales, which supports both...

Congratulations to Manon Steffan Ros and her novel The Blue Book of Nebo – winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal

Congratulations to Manon Steffan Ros and her novel The Blue Book of Nebo – winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal

The Books Council of Wales extends its warmest congratulations to Manon Steffan Ros as she is announced the winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing, for her novel The Blue Book of Nebo. It is the first time in the award’s almost 90-year history that it has been awarded to a book in translation. The Yoto-Carnegies are the UK’s longest-running and best-loved book awards for children and young people. Continue Reading Congratulations to Manon Steffan Ros and her novel The Blue Book of Nebo – winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal

Manon Steffan Ros Wins Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing

Manon Steffan Ros Wins Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing

HISTORIC WIN AS YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR WRITING AWARDED TO A BOOK IN TRANSLATION FOR THE FIRST TIME;A GRAPHIC NOVEL WINS ILLUSTRATION MEDAL FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR CELEBRATED BOOKS OFFER AN IMMERSIVE READING EXPERIENCE AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG READERS TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE yotocarnegies.co.uk | #YotoCarnegies23 | @CarnegieMedals Wednesday 21 June 2023: The winners of the UK’s longest-running and best-loved book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegies, were announced today...

Y Gragen launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod, Carmarthenshire

Y Gragen launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod, Carmarthenshire

LANSIO Y GRAGEN YN EISTEDDFOD YR URDD, SIR GAERFYRDDIN Lansiwyd Y Gragen, llyfr stori-a-llun gwreiddiol gan Casia Wiliam, yn Eisteddfod yr Urdd, Sir Gaerfyrddin. Darluniwyd y gyfrol gan Naomi Bennet, enillydd cystadleuaeth arbennig a drefnwyd gan Gyngor Llyfrau Cymru ac Urdd Gobaith Cymru i ddarganfod talent newydd ym maes darlunio llyfrau plant. Dyfarnwyd y wobr i Naomi Bennet nôl yn 2022. Y dasg i ymgeiswyr rhwng 18 a 25 oed oedd creu gwaith celf gwreiddiol i gyd-fynd â’r gyfrol Y Gragen,...

Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

Announcing the Winner of the English-language Tir na n-Og Award 2023

The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones (published by Hodder & Stoughton) is the 2023 winner of the Tir na n-Og English-language Award for children and young people’s literature. The winning book was announced on The Review Show on Radio Wales at 18:30 on Friday 2 June 2023. Established in 1976, the annual Tir na n-Og Awards celebrate the best books for children and young people in Wales. They are organised by the Books Council of Wales and sponsored by CILIP Cymru Wales, the library and...

Announcing the Winners of the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards 2023

Announcing the Winners of the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards 2023

Books full of fun and excitement, together with strong messages, win the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards 2023 The winners in the Welsh-language categories of the Tir na n-Og Awards were announced in a special ceremony held at the Carmarthenshire Urdd Eisteddfod today, Thursday 1 June 2023. The prize-winning books – Dwi Eisiau bod yn Ddeinosor by Luned Aaron and Huw Aaron, and Manawydan Jones: Y Pair Dadeni by Alun Davies – celebrate each child’s uniqueness, and the importance of accepting...

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£400,000 to create new opportunities and develop new audiences in the publishing sector in Wales

£400,000 to create new opportunities and develop new audiences in the publishing sector in Wales Today the Books Council of Wales, with Creative Wales, have announced the details of a £400,000 fund to offer the New Audiences Grant for a second year; to strengthen and diversify the publishing industry in Wales. Grants of up to £40,000 are available for organisations and new ventures in Wales to: develop new authors, illustrators or contributors from culturally diverse backgrounds or...

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Additional funding to expand its Welsh-language digital news service

golwg360 receives £330,000 additional funding to expand its Welsh-language digital news service The Welsh-language news website golwg360 has secured £330,000 of additional funding to expand its provision of digital news content. The grant, which is administered by the Books Council of Wales on behalf of Welsh Government, is available to ensure the availability of a range of digital news services through the medium of Welsh. £100,000 a year for three years was still available under the terms of...

Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

English-language Shortlist revealed for Tir na n-Og Awards 2023

Tir na n-Og 2023 English-language shortlist revealed for Wales’ oldest children’s book award Fantasy, other worlds and alternative realities, myths and legends… The Books Council of Wales will reveal the English-language shortlist for this year’s Tir na n-Og Awards on the Radio Wales Arts Show on Friday, 24 March at 6:30pm. This year’s titles celebrate the power of storytelling – a theme that is at the heart of the four books shortlisted for this year’s English-language prize. The Tir na n-Og...

Announcing the Winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards

Welsh-language shorlist for the Tir na n-Og Award 2023 revealed

Welsh-language shortlist revealed for Wales’ oldest children’s book awards – the Tir na n-Og Awards 2023 The Books Council of Wales revealed the Welsh-language shortlists for this year’s Tir na n-Og Awards on S4C’s progamme, Heno, on Thursday, 23 March. The awards celebrate the very best of stories from Wales and stories of Wales published in 2022. This year’s shortlist celebrates the wide range of different formats published over the last year to inspire young readers. Including story and...

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Make it YOUR World Book Day in 2023

Make it YOUR World Book Day in 2023 Working in partnership to help more children than ever discover a love of books and reading The charity World Book Day® is holding its annual celebration on Thursday, 2 March 2023, a day dedicated to ensuring all children can develop a love of reading. World Book Day will give families and children a huge number of opportunities to mark the day in fun and affordable ways that are meaningful to them – in 2023, it’s YOUR World Book Day! With reading for...

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Celebrating five years of learning Welsh with Amdani

The National Centre for Learning Welsh and the Books Council of Wales are marking a milestone this year as they celebrate five years of the popular Amdani series of Welsh books for learners. During 2023 every title in the series will be made available as an audiobook for the first time. There are 40 books in the series, from a variety of Welsh publishers, commissioned through Books Council of Wales grant funding. The books are graded at four levels for learners – Entry, Foundation,...

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Publishing success for families’ storybook

Stories of Wales and Africa: Publishing success for families’ storybook Families and children from the North Wales Africa Society will see their own story in print this year as Y Lolfa prepares to publish The Fish Princess – a story created by the families through workshops with author Casia Wiliam and illustrator Jac Jones. The project was coordinated by the BLAS programme at Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre, which has a long-standing relationship with the North Wales Africa Society. It was one of...

Want to read more in 2023?

Want to read more in 2023, but not really sure where to start? Here are a few ideas and suggestions that might help   Reading Recommendations Not sure what to read? Looking for recommendations? Try podcasts that discuss books. The Storytellers’s Podcast with Gary Raymond, talks to leading writers about their relationships with the art of storytelling, Graffeg’s Meet The Author podcast, features conversations with a range of their authors and illustrators, while Seren’s Poetry Podcast...

Football World Cup

by Mark Williams The little Welsh fan has a chance to see Wales play in a major tournament! A perfect story 3–5-year-old football fans!by Morgan Tomos Alun has the opportunity to train with the Wales football team.  But he can’t play very well so he decides to be a referee instead.  But what kind of a referee will Alun be?An entertaining, bilingual sticker book portraying an exciting story about Llewod Llandre in two important football games, and on a hard day on the training field.by Robin...

On the right track for a good story

Launching a free books scheme for Cambrian Line train passengers Passengers traveling on the Cambrian Line will be invited to escape into a good book this autumn as the Books Council of Wales and Cambrian Railway Partnership join forces to offer free books to travellers and help the miles speed by. This pilot programme with the Cambrian Railway Partnership, which will run throughout autumn and winter, celebrates the Books Council’s Quick Reads scheme, which offers a series of short, engaging...

Season’s Greetings 2022

Season’s Greetings 2022

The Books Council and the Distribution Centre will be closed from Thursday afternoon, 22 December 2022 and will re-open after the holidays on Tuesday, 3 January 2023. We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.  

Reading Well for Teens

Reading Well for Teens

Reading Well for teens supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people between 13 and 18 years old, providing information, advice, and support to help them manage their feelings and cope with tough times. The books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with young people. The Reading Well scheme has been developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with public libraries across England and Wales, with the Books Council of Wales making a...

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Newsquest and Books Council of Wales joint statement

Newsquest and Books Council of Wales joint statement – Corgi Cymru The Books Council of Wales and Newsquest have agreed to end the funding and provision of Welsh-language digital news service Corgi Cymru. Both parties came to a mutual agreement to propose to close Corgi Cymru’s digital channels at the end of October and allow the service to be wound down over the following month. One full-time and one part-time role are now at risk and a consultation will be held with affected Newsquest staff,...

Sporting Stories – Wales in the World Cup 2022

Sporting Stories – Wales in the World Cup 2022

Books Council of Wales joins Welsh Government campaign to ‘take Wales to the World’ As part of Welsh Government’s World Cup Partner Support Fund, the Books Council of Wales is one of 19 organisations getting behind the Wales team as they head for Qatar in November. Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has announced the projects that will promote and celebrate Wales at the tournament. A total of £1.8 million will be shared among 19 projects which aim to project our nation’s values and work to...

Exploring the world

by Ian Brown Albert the pet tortoise has a problem: trying to reach a tasty treat, he has ended up on his shell, upside down and stuck! Can the other garden creatures overcome their rivalry, team up and help him get back on his feet?by Valériane Leblond A beautifully illustrated story about migration and homesickness. Around 1900, a family leaves Wales in search of a better life in the USA, where their homemade quilt proves a great comfort.by Zeb Soanes  Fred, a young girl, and her Grandpa...

Exploring your Imagination

by Aidan Saunders A graphic representation of the second branch of the Mabinogion - Branwen, daughter of Llŷr. The aim of the book is to present the Mabinogion tales to young people, and to retell these highly visual and emotional stories to today's audience using art work originating from truly historical artefacts.by Huw Aaron A colourful 32 page, A4 book for children and adults. Packed with lively double-page illustrations of amusing Welsh scenes, the task is to find the little dragon...