Two Seren titles on the Wales Book of the Year Shortlist

2 July 2020 - 10:40am

Two Seren titles on the Wales Book of the Year Shortlist

2 July 2020 - 10:40am

We are delighted to share that both Deryn Rees-Jones and Zoë Skoulding have been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in the poetry category.

The judges for the English-language books this year were author and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max; author, teacher and translator Sampurna Chattarji; and Fulbright Scholar, Senior Lecturer and Hay Festival Fellow, Tiffany Murray. 

On behalf of the judging panel, Sampurna Chattarji said: “It’s been both a joy and a challenge being on the panel for WBOTY 2020. The quality of the poetry was consistently high, with a huge range of voices and concerns, so whittling the list down was quite a task! I’m very happy with the shortlists that we arrived at, across the categories.  The entire process of reading, thinking about and discussing poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s books with my co-judges has only deepened my long-term relationship with Wales, its literatures, and my appreciation of its commitment to a robust community of writers and readers, in English as well as in Welsh.”

You can see the full English and Welsh-language shortlists on the Literature Wales website here. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the winners will be announced on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show on Friday 31 July from 6.00 pm. 

Poetry shortlist 

Fur Coats in Tahiti, Jeremy Over (Carcanet)

Erato, Deryn Rees-Jones (Seren)

Footnotes to Water, Zoë Skoulding (Seren)

 

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