Cerys Matthews joins judging panel for UW Dylan Thomas prize

Posted on 12 August 2010

Cerys Matthews joins the judging panel for the UW Dylan Thomas prize

Cerys Matthews is to join the judging panel for a newly-created category in the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

The new Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers has been created specifically to support unpublished British novel writers under the age of 30.

The entrants must use electronic book formats for the entire process, from submission of the entries through to judging and then publication. The winner will receive a cash prize of £5,000 and their book will be published in eBook format and made available for download from the Sony UK website.

Former Catatonia singer Cerys, 41, born in Cardiff and brought up in Swansea and Pembrokeshire, is currently working on her own novel.

She will join a panel of literary experts including journalist and chair of the panel, Carmarthen-born Allison Pearson, the period drama writer Andrew Davies and the founder of the Dylan Thomas Prize, Swansea based historian, writer and broadcaster Peter Stead.

The panel will shortlist three finalists and the winner will be announced at the Unversity of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize Awards Ceremony on December 1.  The University of Wales is the principal sponsor of the main prize, one of the largest awards available for young writers.

Cerys Matthews said: “As a writer myself, I appreciate the work that goes into trying to get a book published.

“The Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers provides a great stepping stone in helping up-and-coming writers to achieve that end goal. I am really looking forward to judging the category.”

Sony’s Omar Gurnah said: “We are really proud to have Cerys Matthews on the judging panel.

“She is a fantastic ambassador for the Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers, not only because of her love for Dylan Thomas but also her passion for writing.”

Peter Stead, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize founder and award judge, said:

“We are delighted to have Cerys involved with this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize as she has always talked of her love for the wonder and lyricism of Dylan Thomas’s work. She is the ideal ambassador for the new Sony Reader Award category, which forms a landmark for aspiring authors and marks an exciting new venture for us.”

It was announced last month that Richard Burton’s actress daughter Kate had joined the judging panel for this year’s £30,000 main University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, as its 2010 longlist was unveiled.

The world’s top cash award for young writers has already ignited the literary careers of Rhondda’s Rachel Tresize and Vietnamese writer Nam Le, who won what was a £60,000 prize in 2006 and 2008 respectively for their short story collections Fresh Apples and The Boat.

The prize, whose international ambassador is Catherine Zeta-Jones and which has backing from Port Talbot star Michael Sheen, is now to be a £30,000 annual event. 


For more information please visit: www.dylanthomasprize.com/

For press and media information about the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize please contact Tom Barrett: t.barrett@wales.ac.uk

For more information about the University of Wales please visit: www.wales.ac.uk



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