Wales English Book of the Year 2022 shortlist announced

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List of English Wales Book of the Year 2022 finalists

Literature Wales has revealed the names of the books that have been shortlisted for this year’s Wales English Language Book of the Year award.

The four shortlists – poetry, fiction, creative factual and children and young people – were announced on BBC Radio Wales’ Drive program with Colette Hume.

The English-speaking winners will be announced on BBC Radio Wales on July 29.

The Welsh language shortlist was announced last month.

A total of £14,000 will be shared between the winners, and each winner will receive a trophy designed by artist and blacksmith Angharad Pearce Jones.

[email protected] Poetry Award

A voice from then, -Jeremy Dixon (Arachne Press)

Inspire/Exile, – Abeer Ameer (Seren Books)

The Sad Story of the Mignonette – Angela Gardner (Shearsman Books)

Creative Non-Fiction Award

Roots Home: Essays and Journal – Gillian Clarke (Carcanet)

The Journey is Home: Notes from a Life on the Edge – John Sam Jones (Parthian)

The Long Field, – Pamela Petro (Little Toller Books)

Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Prize

I am the maker of masks and other stories, – Rhiannon Lewis (Victorina Press)

Plain Sluts – Sian Hughes (STORGY Books)

The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed (Viking, Penguin Random House)

Childhood and Youth Award

Daydreams and Candy – Alex Wharton (Firefly Press)

The Shark Caller – Zillah Bethell (Usborne)

The Valley of Lost Secrets – Lesley Parr (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)


This year’s English-speaking jury includes poet and writer Krystal Lowe, journalist and broadcaster Andy Welch, author and presenter Matt Brown, and poet and 2020 Rising Star Award winner Taylor Edmonds.

On behalf of the judging panel, Andy Welch said, “I was thrilled to be invited to join the WBOTY Award judging panel and was overwhelmed by the quality of the entrants.

“Squeezing so many books into a short list was no easy task, but we believe we have selected a dozen books which fully reflect the highly original, deeply entertaining and diverse nature of Welsh literary talent.”

Readers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book in the Wales Arts Review’s People’s Choice Award.

The Welsh language shortlist announced last month was as follows:

The [email protected] Fiction Award

Mori – Ffion Dafis (Y Lolfa)

Hela – Aled Hughes (Y Lolfa)

Hannah-Jane – Lleucu Roberts (Y Lolfa)

The Welsh Poetry Prize

Cawod Lwch – Rhys Iorwerth (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

Merch y Llyn – Grug Muse (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp)

Stafelloedd Amhenodol–Iestyn Tyne (Cyhoeddiadau’r stamp)

The Welsh factual price

Dod ‘Nôl to fy Nghoed – Carys Eleri (Y Lolfa)

Paid at Bod Ofn – Non Parry (Y Lolfa)

Eigra: Hogan Fach o’r Blaenau – Eigra Lewis Roberts (Gwasg and Bwthyn)

The Welsh Children’s and Young People’s Prize

Pam? – Luned Aaron and Huw Aaron (Y Lolfa)

Gwag y Nos – Sioned Wyn Roberts (Atebol)

Y Pump – various authors (Y Lolfa)

“Celebrating Literature”

The Welsh shortlist was selected by broadcaster Mirain Iwerydd, presenter and columnist Melanie Owen, academic, publisher and author Siwan Rosser, and filmmaker, poet and author Gwion Hallam.

On behalf of the jury, Melanie Owen said it was “a great privilege to be a member of the jury”.

“I love to read and write, so enjoying the work of some of Wales’ best writers was a dream,” he said.

“It’s very true to say that the roundtables were lively and passionate – which was no wonder with so much talent on the table before us.

“The quality of all the books made it difficult to choose, but what a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Welsh literature. ”

Readers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book in the Golwg360 People’s Choice Award.

“Show your appreciation”

“Alongside the main literary ceremonies of our Eisteddfodau and Hay Festival, the Book of the Year award is a highlight of the Welsh calendar for readers and lovers alike,” said Leusa Llewelyn, acting co-chief executive of Literature Wales.

“It’s a busy time on social media for discussing our favorite books, guessing who’s on the list, celebrating successes and sometimes complaining that our favorites haven’t made it to the list!

“Most importantly, this is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our talented writers – to thank them for entertaining us and creating an escape for us between the covers of their books.

“It is truer than ever after two difficult years, and for that our thanks are greater than ever.”

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