Announcing the 2019 Tir na n-Og Children's Literature Awards Shortlist

Welsh Books Council

Announcing the 2019 Tir na n-Og Children's Literature Awards Shortlist - 11 March 2019

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the shortlist of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards 2019, awards which are presented annually by the Council to celebrate and honour original work by authors and illustrators of children's books in Welsh and English.

A number of the authors that have reached this year's shortlist are past winners and all are experienced in their field. The announcement of the winners will therefore be greatly anticipated.

This year's list encompasses a variety of themes across a range of genres, including fiction, a picture book, a visual puzzle book and an illustrated atlas.

Sioned Jacques, Chair of the English Books Panel, noted 'We were presented with a variety of titles for this year's Tir na n-Og and felt that our discussions were lively and valuable. It was great to discuss quality books with an authentic Welsh background. All four titles are fully deserving of their place on the shortlist.'

According to Bethan Mair, Chair of the Welsh Books Panel, 'The variety of fiction available for children and young adults in Welsh this year is excellent. It's especially great to see a number of powerful YA titles. Our authors, illustrators and publishers must be commended for work of such a high standard.'

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Books Council, added: 'The titles that have reached the shortlist this year reflect the high standard of books for children and young people in Wales. I am so pleased to see the great variety of titles included in the shortlist. A big thank you to all the talented authors and illustrators, and to the publishers for their continued commitment.'

'Reading can take so many different forms, be it a comic, a factual book or a historical novel. It's great to see so many ways that children can access reading. The positive impact that reading for pleasure can have on so many aspects of a child's life is an important message that we feel should be shared widely,' said Helen Jones, Head of Children's Books and Reading Promotion at the Welsh Books Council.

As part of this year's campaign the Council are offering the opportunity to win a pile of fantastic books published in Wales. Any budding judges can enter by sending their suggested Tir na n-Og 2019 winners, together with the reasons for their choice, to or by tweeting  @LlyfrDaFabBooks  by 13 May.

The awards are sponsored by CILIP Wales (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the Welsh Books Council. 

The Welsh-language winners (primary and secondary categories) will be announced at this year's Urdd National Eisteddfod in Cardiff on 30 May 2019. 

The English-language winner will be announced at the CILIP Wales annual conference in Cardiff on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

English-language shortlist:

Seaglass   – Eloise Williams  (Firefly) Lark struggles to settle when her family moves to a new site on the coast. A lively and engaging read.

Wales on the Map  – Elin Meek, Valériane Leblond  (Rily) A lavishly illustrated picture atlas that showcases the best Wales has to offer.

The Clockwork Crow  – Catherine Fisher  (Firefly) A gripping tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales, from a master storyteller.

The Storm Child  – Gill Lewis  (Oxford University Press) A beautifully illustrated adaptation of the Welsh legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Welsh-language shortlist:

Hadau  – Lleucu Roberts  (Y Lolfa) A dystopian adventure, the second in the YMA series for young adults.

Cymru ar y Map  – Elin Meek, Valériane Leblond  (Rily) A lavishly illustrated picture atlas that showcases the best Wales has to offer.

Llyfr Glas Nebo  – Manon Steffan Ros  (Y Lolfa) A YA title that tells of a family and their fight to survive a nuclear accident. Winner of the Prose Medal at the 2018 National Eisteddfod. 

Ble Mae Boc?  – Huw Aaron  (Y Lolfa) Find Boc, the little dragon, hiding in each of the 10 colourful scenes of iconic Welsh places.

Fi a Joe Allen  – Manon Steffan Ros  (Y Lolfa) Relive the excitement of the 2016 Euros with Marc Huws and his father in this bitter-sweet adventure.

Gwenwyn a Gwasgod Felen  – Haf Llewelyn  (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) An exciting story about ordinary people raising their voices against oppression.

Lliwiau Byd Natur  – Luned Aaron  (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) Learn about colours on a walk through the beautiful images in this book. 

For more information please contact Helen Jones, Head of Children's Books and Reading Promotion, Welsh Books Council, Castell Brychan, ABERYSTWYTH, Ceredigion, SY23 2JB 01970 624151 

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