Conran, Jones, Mazelis on Wales Book of the Year shortlist

Conran, Jones, Mazelis on Wales Book of the Year shortlist

Alys Conran's Dylan Thomas prize-shortlisted debut Pigeon (Parthian) is in the running for the 2017 Wales Book of the Year, alongside titles from Seren, Worple and Granta, among others.

Pigeon has been shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, and faces competition from Cove by Cynan Jones (Granta), recent winner of the BBC National Short Story Award, and Ritual, 1969 by Jo Mazelis (Seren).

Up for the The Roland Mathias Poetry Award are What Possessed Me by John Freeman (Worple), The Other City by Rhiannon Hooson (Seren) and Psalmody by Maria Apichella (Eyewear).

Shortlisted for the The Creative Non-Fiction Award are The Tradition by Peter Lord (Parthian), Jumpin’ Jack Flash by Keiron Pim (Vintage) and The Black Prince of Florence by Catherine Fletcher (The Bodley Head).

Judging the English-language awards this year are author Tyler Keevil, academic Dimitra Fimi, and award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards.

The Welsh language shortlist includes titles from Gwasg Gomer, Cyhoeddiadau Barddas and Y Lolfa among others.

Cyhoeddiadau Barddas dominates the Welsh-language Poetry Award with Bylchau by Aneirin Karadog, Chwilio am Dân by Elis Dafydd and Llinynnau by Aled Lewis Evans. Up for the Welsh-language Fiction Award are two titles from Y Lolfa: Y Gwreiddyn by Caryl Lewis and Ymbelydredd by Guto Dafydd (Y Lolfa). A title from Gwasg y Bwthyn entitled Iddew by Dyfed Edwards, rounds out the shortlist. In contention for the Welsh-language Creative Non-Fiction Award are Gwenallt by Alan Llwyd (Y Lolfa), Optimist Absoliwt by Menna Elfyn (Gwasg Gomer) and Cofio Dic by Idris Reynolds (Gwasg Gomer).

The Welsh language judging panel for Wales Book of the Year 2017 are critic and reviewer, Catrin Beard; author and poet, Mari George; and Eirian James, owner of the  independent bookshop, Palas Print in Caernarfon.

The winners, one in each language category, will be announced at an award ceremony at The Tramshed in Cardiff on Monday 13th November. The winners of each category will receive £1,000, while the overall winners will get an additional £3,000.