Lit­er­ary stars hon­oured in city cer­e­mony

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A NOVEL about the half­for­got­ten mem­o­ries of child­hood has won the Wales Book of the Year 2017 English-lan­guage ti­tle.

Pi­geon, by Alys Con­ran, was first awarded the Rhys Davies Trust Fic­tion Award be­fore win­ning the over­all prize of £4,000.

Mean­while, Idris Reynolds won the over­all prize in the Welsh-lan­guage sec­tion for Cofio Dic, a vol­ume of rec­ol­lec­tions about the late poet and for­mer Arch­druid of Wales, Dic Jones.

The cer­e­mony took place at The Tramshed, in Cardiff, when prizes were awarded in three cat­e­gories in both English and Welsh be­fore the over­all ti­tles were an­nounced.

One of the judges, Costa Prize-win­ning au­thor Jonathan Ed­wards, said: “These are great tal­ents who have suc­ceeded in prov­ing that Wales is a world-class con­trib­u­tor to lit­er­a­ture.”

In the English-lan­guage sec­tion, John Free­man took the Roland Mathias Po­etry Award for his col­lec­tion, What Pos­sessed Me, which ex­plores child­hood mem­o­ries and life­long re­la­tion­ships. And Peter Lord’s The Tra­di­tion – which looks at the evo­lu­tion of the vis­ual cul­ture of Wales – won the Cre­ative Non-Fic­tion Award.

The win­ner of the Welsh-lan­guage Po­etry Award was Aneirin Karadog, with Bylchau, while Caryl Lewis took the Welsh-lan­guage Fic­tion Award with Y Gwrei­d­dyn.

> Wales Book of the Year 2017 win­ner Alys Con­ran

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