Two Seren authors shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

10 October 2017 - 09:42am

Two Seren authors shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

10 October 2017 - 09:42am

The Wales Book of the Year shortlist has been revealed, and it features not one but two Seren authors.

In the running for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award is Rhiannon Hooson’s beautifully resonant debut poetry collection, The Other City, with its sharply-focused poems, some referencing Greek mythology, others re-working Welsh history or exploring the idea of otherness and the uncanny. Joining Rhiannon’s debut on the shortlist are What Possessed Me by John Freeman (Worple) and Psalmody by Maria Apichella (Eyewear).

Jo Mazelis’ darkly gothic short story collection, Ritual, 1969, is shortlisted for the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award. Mazelis’ third collection, Ritual, 1969 explores the unsettling borderland between reality and the supernatural, ranging from early twentieth-century France to 1960s South Wales and contemporary Europe. Also shortlisted for this award are Alys Conran’s Pigeon (Parthian) and Cove by Cynan Jones (Granta).

 

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at The Tramshed in Cardiff on Monday 13th November at 7.00pm. The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Wales presenter Eleri Sion  in the company of the competition’s judges, shortlisted writers and their guests, publishers, partners and members of the public. Tickets are on sale on The Tramshed's website.

For further information on the Wales Book of the Year Award visit:
www.literaturewales.org

Listen again to the shortlist announcement on BBC Radio Wales (2:12:12):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09780jg