A Werwolf, A Wreck and Talking Animals . . .

Welsh Books Council

A Werwolf, A Wreck and Talking Animals . . . - 08 March 2012

The Tir na n-Og Awards were established in 1976 with the intention of raising the standards of children’s and young people’s books in Wales, and to encourage the buying and reading of good books. Three awards are presented annually by the Books Council and are sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Cymru/Wales and Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion.

There are three awards: the best English-language book of the year with an authentic Welsh background, the best Welsh-language book for the primary sector and the best Welsh-language book for the secondary sector.

The titles shortlisted for the 2012 Best English-language Book of the Year are:  Full Moon  by Jenny Sullivan (Pont);  Nelson at Sea  by Simon Weston (with David FitzGerald and illustrated by Jac Jones) (Pont) and  Saving SS Shannon  by Phil Carradice (Pont).

Diane Prince, Chair of the English-language Selection Panel, said of the shortlisted titles, ‘Simon Weston’s  Nelson at Sea  is funny and entertaining from beginning to end and Jac Jones’s wonderful illustrations bring something of their own to the text. Phil Carradice’s novel  Saving SS Shannon  explores the issue of bullying at both adult and child level, as well as the importance of heritage and the tensions between preserving the past and developing the future. The novel  Full Moon  is lively and well paced, with plenty of humour, and Jenny Sullivan interlinks a number of different threads skilfully.’

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Books Council, said, ‘We warmly congratulate the authors, illustrators and publishers on the standard and variety of books published for children and young people during 2011.’

The 2012 shortlisted titles are:

Best English-language Book Category

Full Moon  – Jenny Sullivan (Pont)

Nelson at Sea  – Simon Weston with David FitzGerald, illustrations by Jac Jones (Pont)

Saving SS Shannon  – Phil Carradice (Pont)

Best Welsh-language Primary Category

Bob O’Chwith  –  Haf Roberts, illustrations by Giles Greenfield (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

Mewn Geiriau Eraill, Thesawrws i Blant  –  D. Geraint Lewis (Gomer)

Prism  (Cyfres yr Onnen)  –  Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)

Straeon o’r Mabinogi  – Mererid Hopwood, illustrations by Brett Breckon (Gomer)

Best Welsh-language Secondary Category

Yr Alarch Du  (Cyfres y Dderwen)  – Rhiannon Wyn (Y Lolfa)

Y Ddau Ryfel Byd Enbyd  (Hanes Atgas)  – Catrin Stevens (Gomer)

Rhyfel Cartref  (Cyfres Pen Dafad)  – Gwenno Hughes (Y Lolfa)

Siarad  (Cyfres y Dderwen)  – Lleucu Roberts (Y Lolfa)

Full details and reviews of the books can be viewed on  www.gwales.com.

The name of the winner of the English-language Award will be announced at a special event at Cardiff Central Library during the CILIP Cymru Library and Information Conference on Thursday, 17 May, and the winners of the Welsh-language Awards at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Eryri, on Thursday, 7 June.

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