2013 Tir na n-Og Awards Shortlist Announced

Welsh Books Council

2013 Tir na n-Og Awards Shortlist Announced - 03 April 2013

This year’s shortlisted titles for the Best English-language Book are:

Best English-language Book Category
Friends at War  –  Alan Lambert (Pont)
The Gardening Pirates  –  Ruth Morgan and Chris Glynn (Pont)
Tree of Leaf and Flame  –  Daniel Morden with illustrations by Brett Breckon (Pont)

Tracey Paddon, Chair of the English-language Selection Panel, said of the shortlisted titles, 'The Gardening Pirates  by Ruth Morgan and Chris Glynn is an enchanting picture book. A simple story with deceptively simple illustrations, including the 17 types of rain! ... Definitely a book to share again and again, as the reader will discover something new every time.  Friends at War  by Alan Lambert was the "unputdownable"  sequel to Roberto’s War, a previously shortlisted title.  Tree of Leaf and Flame  by Daniel Morden is a quality production with beautiful and gory illustrations ... The stories are a fresh and exciting retelling of the Mabinogi, with modern dialogue ... What was particularly appealing throughout the book was that Daniel the storyteller can be heard throughout, especially where you can hear him pause with "I wish I could say ... but I cannot." Just magic!'

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Books Council, said,  ‘We were very pleased with the standard and variety of books published for children and young people during the last year and were delighted to have such strong contenders on the shortlist for the 2013 awards. Our warm congratulations go to the authors, illustrators and publishers involved and we hope that children, young people and adults from all across Wales enjoy reading these wonderful books.’

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 shortlists for the two Welsh-language categories have also been announced, and these are:

Best Welsh-language Primary Category
Coed Du  (Cyfres Strach)  –  Gwenno Hughes (Gomer)
Cynefin yr Ardd  –  Bethan Wyn Jones and Iolo Williams (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
Gelert yn Galw  (Cyfres Swigod)  –  Helen Emanuel Davies (Gomer)

Best Welsh-language Secondary Category
Dim  (Cyfres y Dderwen)  –  Dafydd Chilton (Y Lolfa)
Y Gêmau Olympaidd a Champau’r Cymry  –  Alun Wyn Bevan (Gomer)
Pentre Saith (Cyfres y Dderwen)  –  Ceri Elen (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, 16 May, 2013 and the winners of the Welsh-language awards at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Pembrokeshire, on Thursday, 30 May 2013.

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