UW Press book wins prestigious award

Posted on 16 July 2012
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John Morris-Jones, published by the University of Wales Press, has been awarded the prize for best Welsh Creative Non-Fiction at the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Awards.

The announcement was made at a ceremony held last Thursday night by Literature Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. The winners were presented with their cheques by Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Skills and Education, and Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Professor Dai Smith.

Written by Allan James, John Morris-Jones is a detailed biography which presents a picture of the life and work of the scholar, literary critic and poet who was so influential in his day.

The 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award is presented to the best Welsh and English-language works first published in 2011 in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. The Award is administered by Literature Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales. This is the first year that the competition has included categories.

The overall winner of the 2012 Welsh language prize was Jon Gower for his novel Y Storiwr, and the overall English language winner was Patrick McGuinness for his novel set in 1989 Bucharest, The Last Hundred Days (Seren). (Seren).

The category winners received £2,000 each and an additional £6,000 was awarded to the overall winner in both Welsh and English.

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For more information about the Wales book of the year, visit their website - http://walesbookoftheyear.co.uk

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