The Being Human Festival wrapped up another successful year Saturday, Nov. 25 with Bernard Mitchell's launch of 'Pieces of a Jigsaw: Portraits of Artists and Writers of Wales'. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery held a packed room to hear Bernard's anecdotes about the great Welsh writers and artists he photographed, including Ceri Richards and Daniel Jones. The event was a celebration of Bernard as much as it was of Welsh art and writing, with his son giving the introduction, his daughter snapping photos, and his grandson videotaping. Professor Gwyn Thomas of Swansea University, shared about the importance of Bernard's work against the...
Alys Conran and Peter Lord won their respective categories at the 2017 Wales Book of the Year. Alys's Pigeon won three awards, including the People's Choice Award, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, and the English-language Wales Book of the Year award. Her husband was carrying the trophies around afterward and I imagine his hands were getting tired. Peter Lord meanwhile won the Creative Non-fiction Award for The Tradition, a work he was quick to point out was made possible by many including the talented book designer Olwen Fowler. Talking to Peter afterward, his passion for the art, and art specifically that...
Parthian is hosting a design contest for the cover of Cheval 11, the collection of poetry and short stories selected from submissions to the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award. To submit your design (203 x 127 mm), email to email@example.com. The deadline for your submission is March 1, 2018. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.
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.