University of Wales Press publications win two prestigious awards

Posted on 24 May 2010
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The University of Wales Press is once again in the news. Recently shortlisted for the acclaimed Berger Arts Prize and with two publications in both Welsh and English languages long-listed for the Wales Book of the Year Prize, the Press is going from strength to strength having been selected to receive two prestigious awards.

Each year the Wales Publications and Collaborative Research Committee presents awards for the best Welsh research-based publications. We are pleased to announce that this year the committee has awarded the Vernam Hull Memorial Prize 2009 to Erich Poppe and Regina Reck for their publication, ‘Selections from Ystorya Bown o Hamptwn’, (University of Wales Press 2009) and selected Enid Jones as the recipient of the Ellis Griffiths Memorial Prize 2009. Enid received the award for her well received book, ‘FfugLen: Y Ddelwedd o Gymru yn y Nofel Gymraeg o Ddechrau’r Chwedegau hyd at 1990’, (University of Wales Press, 2008).

FfugLen is the Welsh word for fiction but is also a play on the words 'ffug' (meaning fake or false) and 'len' (the abbreviation of 'llenyddiaeth' or literature) implying that these images are often ambiguous. ‘FfugLen’ presents a detailed study of the image of Wales and the Welsh in twentieth-century Welsh-language literature from the 1960s to 1990 and asks if these interpretations are an accurate portrayal of our complex nation.

‘FfugLen’ also focuses on the depictions of Wales that centre on national attributes such as language, territory, religion, history and culture. Enid Jones looks at how the mindset and imagination of the Welsh changed over a period of three decades and how this was reflected in the literature produced in Wales at this time.

Ystorya Bown o Hamptwn’ sheds light on an earlier Wales, providing edited selections, together with an introduction, notes, and glossary, from the entertaining thirteenth-century Welsh epic tale, Ystorya Bown o Hamtwn.

Ystorya Bown is drawn from the Anglo-Norman epic Geste de Boeve de Haumtone (which was itself translated not only into Welsh, but also Middle English, Old Norse, and Early Modern Irish). Here’s a story of heroic Christian fortitude that offers contemporary readers fascinating insights into the culture of the time and the worldview of 13th century Wales. Author, Erich Poppe,is Professor of Celtic Studies and General Linguistics at the Phillipps-Universitaet Marburg in Germany and co-author, Regine Reck, is a research assistant at the University of Marburg.

Helgard Krause, Head of the University of Wales Press commented:

“It’s fantastic to see the University of Wales Press being acknowledged in this way. I hope these awards will entice even more readers to explore these handsome publications.”


Notes to Editors:

The Vernam Hull Memorial Prize is provided by an income of a bequest of Ten Thousand Dollars by the late Dr Vernam Edward Nunnemacher Hull (1894-1976), Professor of Celtic Languages at Harvard University. Dr Hull was awarded the degree of DLitt honoris causa by the University of Wales at the International Congress of Celtic Studies in 1963.

The Ellis Griffiths Prize is provided from a Fund raised mainly in Anglesey and London to perpetuate the memory of the late Right Honourable Sir Ellis Jones Ellis Griffith MA KC PC (1860-1926), a former Member of Parliament who represented the County of Anglesey for many years.

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