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 secure a positive and lasting legacy for Wales and Welsh football.

The Books Council of Wales has been awarded funding to deliver free football-themed books to libraries and food banks across Wales, to bring the magic of football to readers and celebrate the Welsh team’s achievements.

Chief Executive of the Books Council, Helgard Krause, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting programme and to use the passion and celebration of Wales’ achievement in the World Cup to ignite a love of reading in young people and help them improve their literacy skills.

Both reading and physical activity have a huge role to play in our health and well-being and Sporting Stories brings both elements together. Whether it’s helping a football fan to discover books they’ll love, or providing some footballing inspiration to encourage participation in football, games and sport, children and young people will be able to choose from a wide selection of football-themed books to enjoy during the World Cup and celebrate Wales’ place in the tournament.”

The Books Council’s Sporting Stories project will provide a selection of recent football-themed books, in both Welsh and English, to local authority libraries and to foodbanks across Wales. The books will be available from the beginning of November and will include a wide range of titles for all reading abilities, from Foundation Phase to adult readers. More information will be available on the Books Council’s website.

In his statement, Vaughan Gething said: “The Welsh Government has established an ambitious and exciting range of activities to make the most of the unique opportunity offered by the Cymru men’s football team’s participation in the FIFA World Cup.

This is the most significant marketing and sports diplomacy opportunity ever presented to the Welsh Government given the profile of the event.

We are determined to capitalise on this historic achievement and deliver real benefits for people here in Wales.”​

 

Exploring the world

Albert Upside Down

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?

The Quilt

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.

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub

by Zeb Soanes 

Fred, a young girl, and her Grandpa travel to the island of Papa-Nupi to see, or rather hear, the mysterious Tub-Tub – a plant that flowers every 200 years and which ‘produces music so beautiful even the birds in the trees stop singing to hear it.’ But even if they can get there, can they manage to bring a recording back with them to prove what they’ve heard?

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle

by Jo Clarke 

Mystery-lover Libby is excited but nervous when sent to live with her aunt, while her mother is working abroad. Her aunt Agatha is headmistress of an extraordinary travelling school that moves from country to country. Libby joins it in Paris, when Agatha is arrested, accused of a daring jewel robbery. Can Libby and her new best friend Connie find the real thief and save her aunt?

My Name is River

by Emma Rea

When Dylan overhears his dad say that their farm has been sold to a global company, he decides he has to make them change their minds. In Brazil, things don’t go at all to plan. Only when Lucia, a street child armed with a puppy and a thesaurus, saves his life, do they start to uncover the shocking truth about what the company is up to, and Dylan’s home problems seem far away.

Exploring your Imagination

Branwen

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.

Find the Dragon!

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 hiding in each scene, as well as many other bizarre objects and characters listed at the back of the book. Guaranteed to provide hours of fun for all the family!

The Knight Who Took All Day

by James Mayhew

A knight must do battle with a dragon is he is to win the hand of his beloved princess. But when a dragon finally comes along our hero realises he also needs to look his best if he is to impress, and that may take some time. And who knows what might happen as he takes his time to get ready? A delightful and thoughtful story about self-importance and vanity.

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith

by Loris Owen 

When puzzle-loving Kip Bramley receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he has no idea that his world is about to change forever. Very soon he finds himself at Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, hunting for riddles set 400 years earlier by a mysterious genius. But this isn’t any ordinary treasure hunt.

The Picture That Made Time Fly

by Sheila Harries 

An original novel set in Cardiff National Museum following Megan and Rhys on a school trip which turns into a dangerous and challenging adventure, as they are taken back in time to the Victorian era in the capital city.

Congratulating Helgard as she joins Gorsedd of the Bards

Congratulating Helgard as she joins Gorsedd of the Bards

Congratulations to our Chief Executive, Helgard Krause, as she joins the Gorsedd of the Bards for services to the arts in Wales.

Originally from Pfalz in Germany and multilingual, Helgard has a wealth of experience in publishing both in the UK and internationally.

She came to Wales in 2005 when she started working for the Books Council of Wales as International Sales Officer. She learnt Welsh in order to become the Council’s Head of Sales & Marketing and became fluent within a few months. From 2010–2017 she was Director of University of Wales Press, before returning to the Books Council in 2017 as Chief Executive.

Helgard said: ‘I feel privileged and deeply moved to receive this honour, joining an illustrious circle of bards, writers and other creatives who have contributed so much to the Welsh language and culture. It is a pleasure to be given a platform to further promote the publishing industry in Wales and highlight the importance of books and reading in general.’

Below the Archdruid, Myrddin ap Dafydd welcomes Helgard at the Gorsedd of the Bards ceremony.

Linda Tomos CBE Appointed as Chair, Books Council of Wales

Linda Tomos CBE Appointed as Chair, Books Council of Wales

Linda Tomos CBE appointed as Chair, Books Council of Wales

Linda Tomos has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Books Council of Wales at the Council’s AGM, held on Monday, 25 July. Linda succeeds Professor M. Wynn Thomas, who is retiring after leading the Council for 20 years.

Members also confirmed Rona Aldrich to continue in her role as Vice-Chair of the Books Council, a role she has held since 2015.

Upon her appointment, Linda Tomos said: ‘I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the talented staff at the Books Council of Wales to deliver an exciting and ambitious strategy over the next five years, strengthening the sector and reaching new audiences all over Wales.’

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, said: ‘I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Linda upon her appointment to the role of Chair. I, and Linda’s fellow Trustees, have already benefitted greatly from her contribution as a member of the Board since April 2021 and her support to develop our new strategy for the next five years.

I would also like to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution and support given so generously by Professor M. Wynn Thomas during his 20 years as Chair. His leadership has helped us all to navigate some challenging times to emerge as a stronger organisation and I look forward to working with Linda, Rona and the Board of Trustees to build on his legacy.’

Professor M. Wynn Thomas said: ‘It has been an undiluted pleasure and privilege to serve the Council as its Chair, and to watch it develop into a major national body whose work supports the burgeoning Welsh publishing industry in its entirety.

I am especially indebted to all those officers who have served alongside me, to the entire devoted staff of the Council, and most particularly to the three inspired and inspiring Directors with whom I have worked. Watching them has been an education.

I wish my successor the very best, and can assure her, as she takes the Chair, that the Council goes from strength to strength.’

Linda Tomos is a chartered librarian with over 40 years’ experience in the sector and was the National Librarian for Wales from 2015–2019, leading the National Library in Aberystwyth. She has worked as a senior civil servant within the Welsh Government and was the first Director of CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales. A member of the Gorsedd, Linda was awarded a CBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Welsh culture.

Rona Aldrich joined the Books Council’s Executive Committee in 2011 and was appointed Vice-Chair in 2015. She was Vice-Chair of the Welsh Committee of the National Lottery Community Fund until her retirement in 2021 and is a member of the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. Prior to retiring she was Chief Officer for Libraries, Information and Culture with Conwy County Borough Council.

Professor M. Wynn Thomas was Chair of the Books Council of Wales for twenty years. He is a Professor of English and holds the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, and is a specialist in American poetry and in the two literatures of modern Wales. He received the highest honour of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2000. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and is a founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and its former Vice-President.

The Books Council was established in 1961 to support the publishing industry in Wales.

Its mission is to support the publishing industry in Welsh and English, which it does through grants and providing specialist services and advice to the sector; and to promote Reading for Pleasure which it does through a variety of reading engagement programmes.

It is a charity and is funded partly by Welsh Government through Creative Wales, and partly from the commercial operations of the wholesale book Distribution Centre. This was the Books Council of Wales’ second AGM following its transition in 2021 to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The Chair and Vice-Chair were appointed following a vote by members of the charity.

Congratulating Helgard as she joins Gorsedd of the Bards

A day of celebrations for young readers from all over Wales

A DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR YOUNG READERS FROM ALL OVER WALES

Aberystwyth Arts Centre was full to the rafters with children from all over Wales on 21–23 June when they came to take part in the national rounds of Darllen Dros Gymru and BookSlam, reading competitions organised by the Books Council of Wales for primary school pupils in Wales.

The national rounds are the culmination of months of work and activity on a county level, with the winners of the county rounds progressing to the finals in Aberystwyth. 35 teams competed for the national titles over the three days.

Years 3 and 4 pupils were first to compete in the national round on Tuesday, 21 June. Ysgol Melin Gruffydd, Cardiff, took first place with their discussion of Y Ferch Newydd and a promotional advertisement for Y Crwt yn y Cefn. Ysgol Bro Cernyw, Conwy, came second, and the third prize went to Ysgol Pennant, Powys.

Wednesday, 22 June saw Years 5 and 6 pupils descend on Aberystwyth for their national final, and once again there was strong competition for the top spot. This year’s award was won by Ysgol Bro Cernyw, Conwy, for their discussion of Dyddiadur Dripsyn: Oes yr Arth a’r Blaidd and their promotional advert for Dirgelwch y Dieithryn. Ysgol Pant Pastynog, Denbighshire, came second, with Ysgol Henry Richard, Ceredigion, taking the third prize.

As part of the activities, the pupils and their teachers also enjoyed sessions with author Caryl Lewis.

Thursday was the day of the BookSlam final in which Llandysilio CiW School, Powys, were awarded the first prize, with their discussion of The Black Pit of Tonypandy and their promotional advert for Where the Wilderness Lives. Cardiff’s Ysgol y Wern came second, and Ysgol Sychdyn, Flintshire, came third.

As part of the day’s activities, author Medi Jones-Jackson held sessions with the pupils and teachers to launch her new book, Wondrous Women of Wales.

This year, Morgan Dafydd judged the Darllen Dros Gymru discussions, Liz Kennedy judged the BookSlam discussions and Lleucu Siôn judged the promotional adverts for both competitions.

Helen Jones, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department, said: ‘Our reading competitions offer children an invaluable experience of reading and discussing books with their peers. They can use their imaginations, analyse a book’s contents and have their say on the events and characters. We must thank the regional organisers for their hard work and dedication to the competition and the county rounds, and the teachers and all those who ensure the competition’s success every year.’

Thanks to the kindness of several publishers, every child who took part in the national rounds chose a free book to take home with them.

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Tir na n-Og Award

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Tir na n-Og Award

Strong characters lead the way to win the Tir na n-Og 2022 Welsh-language children’s book awards

This year’s winners of the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og children’s book awards were announced today, Thursday, 2 June, in a special celebration at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbighshire. Although very different in setting and theme, memorable characters who readers will care about are at the centre of the winning novels – Gwag y Nos by Sioned Wyn Roberts and Y Pump, edited by Elgan Rhys.

Established in 1976, the annual Tir na n-Og Awards celebrate the best books for children and young adults in Wales. They are organised by the Books Council of Wales and sponsored by CILIP Cymru Wales, the library and information association.

The winners will receive a cash prize of £1,000 sponsored by CILIP Cymru Wales, as well as a specially commissioned award created by Cardiff-based designers The Patternistas.

Primary school age category winner – Gwag y Nos by Sioned Wyn Roberts (published by Atebol)
The Victorian era and the cruel world of the workhouse are brought to life through the adventures of rebel Magi, the likeable and mischievous main character of the story. We follow Magi as she goes from the Gwag y Nos workhouse to Plas Aberhiraeth, and encounters memorable characters such as Mrs Rowlands, Nurse Jenat and Cook. As we follow the twists and turns of the story, we want to know the answer to the same question as Magi – what is the dark secret of Gwag y Nos?

Alun Horan, Chair of the Judging Panel, commented: “This book grabs the reader’s attention from the first paragraphs and gets straight to the middle of an exciting story. The striking artwork must be praised; the cover conveys the chilling atmosphere of the workhouse and the illustrations inside the book prompt the readers to paint the world in their own imaginations. We admired the originality and imagination of the author, and the depth of the research that makes the Victorian Age so real for the reader.”

Sioned Wyn Roberts said: “I’m delighted that Gwag y Nos has won the Tir na n-Og 2022 Award in the primary category. Many thanks to the Books Council and the judges for this honour. I would also like to thank Rachel Lloyd for editing, Almon for designing, Atebol for publishing the novel and all the friends and children who have read the early drafts and made some perceptive comments.

“I never would have started writing if I hadn’t attended a course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre about three years ago. I was inspired by talented writers to give it a go, and I haven’t stopped writing since.”

Secondary school age category winner – Y Pump, edited by Elgan Rhys (published by Y Lolfa)
Y Pump (The Five) follows a group of pupils at Llwyd Secondary School, as they discover the power their otherness gives them when they come together as a community. Through the unique perspectives of Tim, Tami, Aniq, Robyn and Cat, we get to recognise the complex reality of being a young person who is marginalised. With editor Elgan Rhys, five young writers have worked in collaboration with more experienced authors to create this ambitious, experimental, powerful series of stories.

Alun Horan, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “What makes these stories different and especially relevant is the collaboration between the co-authors, and all of the characters, their situations and their interrelations feel very, very real. Having several authors creates individual voices for each of the characters, something that is extremely effective. The undoubted achievement of the editor is the way he has brought all of these stories together effectively. It would take many pages to do justice to these volumes – they were so rich in terms of content. Many congratulations to the team behind this ambitious venture, and I’m sure we will be discussing and considering the content of these volumes for years to come.”

The titles and authors of the five individual volumes are: Tim (by Elgan Rhys and Tomos Jones), Tami (by Mared Roberts and Ceri-Ann Gatehouse), Aniq (by Marged Elin Wiliam and Mahum Umer), Robyn (by Iestyn Tyne and Leo Drayton) and Cat (by Megan Angharad Hunter and Maisie Awen).

Elgan Rhys, the editor of the series, said: “This award is a recognition of the passion and hard work of all the members of the team, who came together from all over Wales during the dark days of lockdown with the ambition to create a truly new and authentic picture of young people’s lives in Wales today. We would all like to thank the judges, Y Lolfa and the Books Council and everyone else who has contributed to the creation of Y Pump, and most of all, everyone who has picked up and immersed themselves in one of the books.”

Amy Staniforth from CILIP Cymru Wales said: “Many congratulations to the winners on their terrific achievement. We are proud to sponsor the Tir na n-Og Awards again this year, and to continue helping children and young people to discover the very best of books from Wales and about Wales.”

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, said: “The Tir na n-Og Awards have been celebrating the very best books for children and young people in Wales since 1976, and the quality of the entries just keeps getting better and better. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in this year’s competition, which has been a wonderful showcase of the talents of writers and illustrators in the field of children’s literature in Wales.”

The other shortlisted titles in the Welsh-language categories were:
Primary age category
Gwil Garw a’r Carchar Crisial by Huw Aaron (Broga)
Sara Mai a Lleidr y Neidr by Casia Wiliam (Y Lolfa)
Secondary age category
Fi ac Aaron Ramsey by Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)
Hanes yn y Tir by Elin Jones (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

The winner in the English-language category is The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (published by Bloomsbury) and was announced on the Radio Wales Arts Show on 20 May.

Winner of children’s picture book illustration competition announced

Winner of children’s picture book illustration competition announced

Winner of children’s picture book illustration competition announced

The Books Council of Wales is delighted to announce the winner of a special competition organised with Urdd Gobaith Cymru to find new talent in the field of children’s book illustration.

The prize is awarded to 21-year-old Naomi Bennet for her ‘exceptionally executed’ artworks and her ‘command of narrative illustration’.

The task for entrants aged 18 to 25 was to create original artwork illustrating a short children’s story by one of Wales’ leading children’s authors, Casia Wiliam. ‘Y Gragen’ (The Shell) is the subject of the narrative, and as part of the prize, the winning poem and illustrations will appear as a story-and-picture book, and will be included as part of Barddas’ publishing programme.

It is intended that ‘Y Gragen’ will be available in bookshops and libraries throughout Wales, as well as in e-book format via the Books Council’s folio.wales website.

Naomi Bennet, originally from Thatcham, Berkshire, who will be graduating this summer with a BA Hons in Illustration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “It’s been so exciting to have been selected to work on this project. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to start my creative career with a book in print.”

The competition was judged by Derek Bainton, a freelance graphic artist and Higher Education illustration examiner living and working in Cardiff. “Naomi’s use of colour and brushstrokes follow the energy, honesty, and hopeful undertones of the story,” he noted. “The illustrative approach is suggestive and dreamy; both surreal and figurative. The drawings and depiction of the young narrator are so open they invite the reader into the narrative, with enough space to bring the reader’s own impressions and memories of the beach and sea to the story. Naomi’s handling of the relationship between words and pictures is both refined and refreshing.”

Helen Jones, Head of the Department of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at the Books Council of Wales, said: “Warmest congratulations to Naomi Bennet, and many thanks to everyone who has entered this special competition. Illustrations can make an immeasurable contribution to the art of storytelling and broaden the appeal of books, especially children’s books. It is vital that we continue to nurture and promote new talent and standards in this field in Wales.”

Siân Eirian, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Books Council of Wales on this competition and to include it in our Syllabus. The Urdd Eisteddfod’s main purpose is to give young people new opportunities within the arts, so we are delighted to announce Naomi Bennet’s success, and look forward to celebrating the publication of Y Gragen at next year’s Eisteddfod.”

“It will be an exciting opportunity to lead on this project,” noted Alaw Edwards, Creative Editor and Head of Publishing at Barddas, “and the book will be a valuable addition to our publishing programme. As part of our aim to promote and nurture new writers and illustrators, this project has been a great opportunity to invest in young, new talent. I’m sure that working with Casia and Naomi will be an absolute pleasure.”

The Books Council will continue to work with the Urdd on the competition for young illustrators at the 2023 Urdd National Eisteddfod. Further details will be published in September 2022.

Schools Love Reading Programme is launched

Schools Love Reading Programme is launched

Igniting a love of reading: a book for each pupil to keep as the Schools Love Reading programme is launched

All pupils aged 3–16 in state schools in Wales will be receiving a book of their own to keep as the Books Council of Wales and the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, launch the Schools Love Reading programme today, Thursday, 26 May.

Pupils from Ysgol Hamadryad in Butetown, Cardiff were amongst the first to receive their new books. Around 70 pupils celebrated the occasion with author and illustrator Huw Aaron in a special workshop to discover how much fun reading can be … and that in books anything is possible. Ysgol Hamadryad was one of the schools across Wales that contributed to the book selection consultation during the development of the campaign.

The visit took place as the Books Council of Wales launch their Schools Love Reading campaign to celebrate reading and the benefits it brings to readers of all ages and abilities, with the free books starting to arrive in schools.

Welsh celebrities such as presenter and writer Mel Owen and blogger Charlotte Harding (@Welsh Mummy Blogs) shared their own experiences of escaping into the world of books, and the important role books play in their own lives and families. Alongside artist Mace the Great and TikTok creator Ellis Lloyd Jones, they are supporting the campaign by sharing their love of reading in a short film created for the Schools Love Reading programme.

Mel Owen said: “Reading can help with your creativity and your confidence because it opens your mind to experiences that aren’t just your own. Whether we read for relaxation or read for inspiration, having access to books and stories expands all our horizons.”

Charlotte said: “For children, having access to books and stories makes such a difference to their wellbeing and helps to grow their imaginations. My son found comfort in books throughout lockdown. There’s nothing better than holding a real book in your hands, and there are so many books available out there – there’s one for everyone.”

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said: “It’s wonderful to be at Ysgol Hamadryad today to see the books arrive as part of the Schools Love Reading programme, and for the children to be able to choose their books. I’d like to thank everyone involved in delivering this ambitious project which is the result of a huge joint effort and collaboration between publishers, schools, booksellers, Welsh Government and the Books Council. I’m looking forward to seeing more books being delivered to more children over the coming months.”

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, said: “The Schools Love Reading programme is all about igniting a lifelong love of reading and helping everyone find the right book for them. Developing a habit of reading has lasting benefits and having access to books is so important for children and young people. That’s why the final stage of the programme later this year will be delivering a selection of around 50 free books for school libraries so that pupils can continue their reading journey.”

You can watch the Schools Love Reading films, get reading inspiration and follow the campaign on the Books Council website books.wales

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Tir na n-Og Award

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Tir na n-Og Award

Heartfelt wartime novel wins 2022 Tir na n-Og English-language Children’s Book Award

 

The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (published by Bloomsbury) is this year’s winner of the 2022 Tir na n-Og English-language award for children’s and young people’s literature.

The winning book was announced on the Radio Wales Arts Show at 18:30 on Friday 20 May, with the author receiving a cash prize of £1,000 sponsored by CILIP Cymru Wales, as well as a specially commissioned award created by Cardiff-based designers The Patternistas.

Established in 1976, the annual Tir na n-Og Awards celebrate the best books for children and young adults in Wales. They are organised by the Books Council of Wales and sponsored by the librarians’ association CILIP Cymru Wales.

The Valley of Lost Secrets, a novel for readers aged 8–12, is a gripping wartime drama set in the south Wales valleys. Jimmy, his little brother Ronnie and their class have been evacuated to Llanbryn from London. Their hosts Gwen and Alun Thomas offer a warm Welsh welcome, but it’s a completely alien landscape and Jimmy finds it hard to settle into the community.

Up on the mountains Jimmy finds a skull hidden in a tree and needs to share the mystery with someone. His best friend is no longer an option; his brother is too young. Instead, he discovers an ally in someone unexpected and they unearth secrets, find friendship, and heal the past.

Simon Fisher from the judging panel said: “Lesley Parr has written a beautiful, tender and totally absorbing debut with characters to care about. You are drawn into this captivating story from the beginning, connecting immediately to the authentic characters.

David Dean’s beautiful cover and illustrations add something rather special to the book. At the start of each chapter there is a tree spreading out over the page. As the story develops items of relevance are added to the tree. These additional puzzles make for an intriguing and utterly beguiling read.

Despite being a fictional name for the valley, the landscape and community are totally authentic, evocative and lovingly described. A book which will stay with you and you will want to return to the Valley again and again.”

Lesley Parr said: “I’m absolutely landed (as we say in Port Talbot!) to have won a Tir na n-Og Award for my debut book, The Valley of Lost Secrets. This feels extra-special as I’m very proud to be Welsh, and love setting my stories in the sort of valley community I know so well.”

Amy Staniforth from CILIP Cymru Wales said: “Many congratulations to Lesley on her terrific achievement. We are proud to sponsor the Tir na n-Og Awards again this year, and to continue helping children and young people to discover the very best of books from Wales and about Wales.”

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales said: “The Tir na n-Og Awards have been celebrating the very best books for children and young people in Wales since 1976, and the quality of the entries just keeps getting better and better. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in this year’s competition, which has been a wonderful showcase of the talents of writers and illustrators in the field of children’s literature in Wales.”

The winners of the two Welsh-language category Tir na n-Og Awards 2022 will be revealed at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbighshire on Thursday 2 June 2022. Three titles are shortlisted for the prize in each category. They are:

Primary age category

  • Gwil Garw a’r Carchar Crisial by Huw Aaron (Broga)
  • Sara Mai a Lleidr y Neidr by Casia Wiliam (Y Lolfa)
  • Gwag y Nos by Sioned Wyn Roberts (Atebol)

Secondary age category

  • Fi ac Aaron Ramsey by Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)
  • Hanes yn y Tir by Elin Jones (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
  • Y Pump, ed. Elgan Rhys (Y Lolfa)