Welsh Tir na n-Og Award Winners

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Welsh Tir na n-Og Award Winners - 29 May 2009
Welsh Tir na n-Og Award Winners

The Welsh Books Council has announced the names of the winners of the Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2009, presented by the Welsh Books Council for the best books for children and young people. Two awards of £1,000 each, sponsored by CILIP Wales (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council, were presented to the authors in a special ceremony at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Cardiff Bay.


The winner in the primary category is  Bownsio,  Emily Huws (Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion).

Bownsio  is a novel for 10–11 year-old children about a teenage girl who discovers that her mother is not dead after all. It is a novel which deals with private hope and the harsh reality of life. According to panel members, this is a powerful story which breaks new ground.

Emily Huws is a retired teacher living at Caeathro, Gwynedd. She has won the Tir na n-Og Award four times in the past and also the prestigious Mary Vaughan Jones Award for her contribution to children’s books for a considerable period of time.


The winner of the secondary category is Lleucu Roberts for  Annwyl Smotyn Bach  (Cyfres y Dderwen), Y Lolfa.

A novel for older teenagers set in the future in which Big Brother keeps an eye on everything; it tells the  tale of a pregnant young woman who attempts to escape and break free from the regime. Panel members were of the opinion that this was a powerful and challenging novel which gave us an insight into the fate of our country.

Lleucu Roberts was born at Llandre, Aberystwyth, but lives now at Rhostryfan, Gwynedd, with her husband and four children. This is her third novel, but this is the first one for young adults.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s Chief Executive added:  ‘We are delighted to welcome the winners of the Tir na n-Og Awards on stage at the Urdd National Eisteddfod this year. Children’s authors and illustrators make an outstanding contribution to life in Wales and we welcome this opportunity to honour them. We hope that children who visit the Eisteddfod will enjoy reading their books.’

Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of Welsh Books Council added:  ‘This is the ideal setting to honour the authors of the best Welsh-language books for children and young people, and we are grateful to the Urdd for making it possible to present the awards in the company of so many young readers.’

Welsh Tir na n-Og Award Winners

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