Literature Wales to administer Wales Book of the Year in 2018

Literature Wales to administer Wales Book of the Year in 2018

Literature Wales is to administer the Wales Book of the Year awards in 2018, although the future of the prize is still under review.

Following a recent government review which was commissioned to investigate whether the Welsh government's aims in supporting the Welsh book industry were being achieved, it was recommended the Welsh Books Council should take on some of the functions of Literature Wales including the organisation of the Wales Book of the Year prize, bursaries, literary events, and its Writers on Tour funding scheme.

The report said that there were “significant deficiencies” in the promotion of the Wales Book of the Year prize and a “significant question mark as to whether Literature Wales is the appropriate organisation to be co-ordinating it”.

However, Literature Wales raised "serious concerns" about the report.

It has now been announced that Literature Wales will administer the prize in 2018, but the review is still ongoing to decide who will organise it from 2019 onwards.

Lleclu Siencyn, chief executive of Literature Wales, said: “We’re delighted to announce that we received confirmation this morning that Literature Wales will continue to organise the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2018. We look forward to meeting with the sector to discuss how we can collaborate to develop the award and build on the success of the 2017 Wales Book of the Year Award.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We recently notified Literature Wales, the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Books Council that we will not seek to move delivery of the Wales Book of the Year awards for 2018, allowing Literature Wales and its partners to take forward preparations with confidence. It is important to note that no decision on arrangements for future years has yet been taken; this will form part of our formal response to the recent independent review of support for publishing and literature, which we anticipate publishing in the coming months.”

It was announced earlier this week (14th November) that Pigeon by Alys Conran (Parthian) was the winner of the 2017 Wales Book of the Year.