Short story collection clinches Wales Book Prize

<p>A debut collection of short stories has won the Welsh Book of the Year award.</p><p>The BBC reports that Deborah Kay Davies beat poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and writer Gee Williams to the &pound;10,000 prize with her book Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful.</p><p>The judges described Davies&#39; work, a family tale of two sisters set in the south Wales valleys as &#39;an amazing piece of work&#39;. Travel writer and broadcaster Mike Parker, who chaired the judges panel, said: &quot;The judges felt that [all entries] deserve to be much more widely read both in Wales and beyond.</p><p>&quot;Deborah Kay Davies&#39;s collection of stories is an amazing piece of work, a timeless and universal reflection of the ever-perplexing world of human relationships.&quot;<br />William Owen Roberts won the Welsh Language award for his novel Petrograd, about the Russian Revolution.</p><p>Davies has previously had a poetry collection published and has won the Rhys Davies short story award three times.<br /></p>