NEW WELSH WRITING AWARDS 2018 #newwelshawards WINNER ANNOUNCED

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2018, run by New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University, is for an essay collection. The winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2018 is Ed Garland for 'Fiction as a Hearing Aid'. Alex Diggins was placed second with 'Sea Change: An Argument in Six Parts' and Nicholas Murray was runner-up with 'Writing & Engagement'. Gwen Davies acted as main judge, with the help of students from Aberystwyth University, and the result was announced at a ceremony at Hay on 29 May; Gwen's full adjudication and further details of the winning author are available on this page.

 L-R: Matthew Francis, Ed Garland, Gwen Davies, Cathryn Summerhayes & Andrew Green. Pic: Keith Morris.

L-R: Matthew Francis, Ed Garland, Gwen Davies, Cathryn Summerhayes & Andrew Green. Pic: Keith Morris.

Now in its fourth year, the Awards were set up to champion the best short-form writing in English and has previously run non-fiction categories with the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature, won by Eluned Gramich in 2015 and the University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, won by Mandy Sutter in June 2016. In 2017 we ran two categories for the first time: the Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir, and the AmeriCymru Prize for Novella. The Winners were Catherine Haines (Memoir), and Cath Barton (Novella). Eluned Gramich's Woman Who Brings the Rain: A Memoir of Hokkaido, Japan, was published in print and as an ebook in 2015 under our New Welsh Rarebyte imprint (and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year in 2016), while Mandy Sutter's Bush Meat was published in print and as an ebook in autumn 2017. Catherine Haines' and Cath Barton's books will be published by us in 2018.

Watch the filmic trailer of 'Fiction as a Hearing Aid' by Ed Garland, below:

Video & special effects: Emily Roberts. Script: Ed Garland. Senior Producer: Gwen Davies. Audio recording: Aled John. Artwork: Gemma Roberts. Reading: Michael Dante. Shotlist: Aaron Kent. Music: Ceiri Torjussen. Sound effects: ZapSplatt.com.

 

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY COLLECTION SHORTLIST:

WINNER:  Ed Garland (Aberystwyth) with Fiction as a Hearing Aid

SECOND PLACE: Alex Diggins (Bristol) with Sea Change: An Argument in Six Parts

RUNNER UP: Nicholas Murray (Presteigne) with Writing and Engagement

 

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY COLLECTION HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Bridget Blankley (Southampton) with In the Shadow of the Mines: 
A Personal Essay 

Kerri ní Dochartaigh (Derry, N. Ireland) with That Further Shore

Katya Johnson (Aberystwyth) with On the Endurance of Art
 

Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection FULL Longlist:


Bridget Blankley (Southampton) with In the Shadow of the Mines: 
A Personal Essay       
Michael Cule (High Wycombe) with What Do I Know
Alex Diggins (Bristol) with Sea Change: An Argument in Six Parts
Ed Garland (Aberystwyth) with Fiction as a Hearing Aid
Katya Johnson (Aberystwyth) with On the Endurance of Art
S.A. Leavesley (Droitwich) with This < > Room                       
Nicholas Murray (Presteigne) with Writing and Engagement      
Kerri  Dochartaigh (Derry, N. Ireland) with That Further Shore
Rhiannon Lloyd-Williams (Machynlleth) with The Wrong Kind of Happiness

For adjudications and more details on the winners, visit the longlist page.


 

GWEN DAVIES - JUDGE

 New Welsh Review Editor Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies has been editor of New Welsh Review since 2011. She has worked as creative editor at publishers including Parthian, and founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte. As a literary translator her titles include Robin Llywelyn's White Star (Seren Wen) and two of bestseller Caryl Lewis' novels, Martha, Jack & Shanco (Martha, Jac a Sianco) and The Jeweller (Y Gemydd). She has also been a Literature Officer at the Arts Council of Wales, a member and Chair of Literature Wales' Writers' Bursaries Panel for seven years, represented literature for the Arts Council of Wales' Creative Wales Awards and has been a writers' mentor, both privately and for Literature Wales. She has been co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards since its inauguration in 2015. She grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire and now lives in Aberystwyth with her family.


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