Pob lwc/ good luck to the cast and crew of Pijin/Pigeon for their upcoming tour across theatres in Wales. We could not be more excited for this stage adaptation of Alys Conran's award-winning novel!
We are delighted that several independent bookshops are supporting the tour and the release of the brand new edition of Pigeon. Pop into their shops and pick up a copy today!
Literature Wales is leading a celebration of Welsh Literature in Germany with a visit by award-winning Parthian author Alys Conran to Berlin this week. During her visit, Alys will take part in two events - one with students of the Master in British Studies course Humboldt University (who have studied Pigeon), as well as a discussion and reading of both Pigeon and her new novel Dignity (W&N, 2019) open to the public. (25th June, 5pm, Centre for British Studies. Full details can be found here.) The trip takes place with support from British Council Wales’ Wales Europe 2019-20 Fund and will also kick-off wider international projects centred around the...
Congratulations to Alys Conran whose debut novel Pigeon won readers and judges over to take the audience, category and overall prize at the Wales Book of the Year award ceremony in Cardiff last night. The novel, which was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize earlier in the year was the first to be released simultaneously in English and Welsh (in translation by Sian Northey as Pijin).
Alys’s novel was first awarded the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award before moving on to win the main English-language award securing an overall prize of £4,000 as well as a specially commissioned trophy designed and created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones. The prize was presented to Alys by the Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Phil George. The readers of Wales agreed wholeheartedly with the judges’ choice this year, as the novel also won the public vote for the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award.
Pigeon is a journey through the uneasy half-forgotten memories of childhood; a story about wishful thinking and the power of language.