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Dr Heather Williams (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth) and Jamie Harris (Aberystwyth University) have been announced as this year’s winners of the prestigious M. Wynn Thomas Prize for outstanding academic work in the field of Welsh Writing in English. Once again, submissions were of a very high quality, and the judging panel (Dr Matthew Jarvis, Aberystwyth University/University of Wales Trinity St David, Dr Aidan Byrne, Wolverhampton University and Dr Alyce von Rothkirch, Swansea University) were hard-pushed to arrive at a decision. The panel felt that the winners’ work showed exceptional scholarship as well as the willingness to explore new territory.
 
Winners receive £150 each and a full set of the Library of Wales titles published by Parthian Books. The prize will be awarded at the annual conference of the Association of Welsh Writing in English, ‘The Country and the City: Rural and Urban Wales’, to be held at Gregynog Hall, Powys, 27-29 March 2015.

Congratulations to Eluned Gramich who has been announced as the winner of the New Welsh Writing Award 2015, organised by the New Welsh Review in association with WWF Cymru and the CADCentre.

Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life, a memoir of Eluned’s stay on the remote Hokkaido island in the far north of Japan, has been described as ‘As precise and nuanced as Japanese calligraphy… As much about learning a language (with connotations of ‘reading’ a wild landscape) as it is about nature, this dignified and nuanced work evokes what is cultured and cultivated, and yet also honours the wild; the untranslatable.’

As well as £1,000 cash, Eluned Gramich's work will also be published in e-book format by New Welsh Review in 2015. Eluned also won a weekend stay at Gladstone's Library, Flintshire, and a positive critique of the work by leading literary agent at WME, Cathryn Summerhayes, and lunch with her in London.

Congratulations to Swansea writer Rebecca F. John, one of the 6 shortlisted writers for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her nominated story, 'The Glove Maker's Numbers', focuses on a woman who creates an elaborate system of numbers to cope with the loss of her brother. Rebecca’s dark yet dazzling debut short story collection Clown’s Shoes will be released through Parthian later this year.

She joins a critically acclaimed group of five global literary names in the running for the world’s richest (£30,000) short story prize, including the American novelist Elizabeth McCracken, picked for her story 'Hungry', the Canadian Madeleine Thien, the author of 'The Wedding Cake', the previously shortlisted Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li, chosen for 'A Sheltered Woman', the New Zealander Paula Morris, for 'False River', and the American Scott O'Connor, for 'Interstellar Space'.

On Wednesday 22 April & Thursday 23 April 2015, the 6 authors are set to perform the shortlisted stories at two reading evenings at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London. Tickets will be available from Foyles. Then, on Friday 24 April 2015 at 9pm, the winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Stationer's Hall. The winner will receive £30,000 and the other five shortlisted writers will receive £1,000 each.

There's a rare opportunity at Rhosygilwen on Thursday 26th of February to be part of a feedback audience for an exciting new jazz musical murder mystery, Alma by David Cottis and Jonathan Cohen.
 
Menter Rhosygilwen are supporting the writing and development of the play with a week of rehearsals and development culminating in a free but ticketed performance on Thursday evening after which there will be a feedback session with the writer and musical director.
 
Alma is described as a story of music, passion, and the stupid and terrible things that love makes us do.
 
It is 1935, in the sleepy retirement town of Bournemouth, a love triangle is played out between a love-starved songwriter, Alma Rattenbury, her older, retired husband Francis, and their 19-year-old chauffeur, George Stoner. Tragedy strikes when Francis is murdered, and the two lovers compete to take the blame. 
 
The show tells the true story of one of Britain's most famous crimes of passion.

One of the most readable books on rugby... a stylish contribution to the game’s history.” The Times

Carwyn: A Personal Memoir by Alun Richards, the Pontypridd born writer and dramatist, is new in the Library of Wales series and  launched at London's Brand Exchange on Friday, March 6th as part of a week long celebration of Welsh art, food, music and culture to celebrate St David’s Day, organised by Brand Exchange and The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs. Entry to the gallery and events is free to invited guests. To reserve your place, please email enquiries@brandexchange specifying which event(s) you would like to attend or call 0207 389 9410.