NEW WELSH READERS' POLL 2017: BEST MEMOIR & NOVELLA

As well as looking for the best short form writing for Memoir and the Novella via the New Welsh Writing Awards we asked readers to vote for their favourite Memoirs and Novellas ever published in the English language in our New Welsh Readers' Poll 2017.

Best Memoir & Novella Winners

We are delighted to reveal the winners of the Best Memoir and Best Novella ever published in English as voted for by the public. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Vintage Books) is the winner of the Best Memoir category and received 50% of the vote. Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Faber) is the winner of the Best Novella category with 55% of the vote. Congratulations to Marjane Satrapi and Max Porter. You can read our reader reviews for the winners here

 

Best Memoir & Novella Shortlists

We are delighted to announce the shortlists of three titles for both categories, as voted for by the public. 

Best Memoir
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Virago)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, trans from the French by Anjali Singh (Vintage)
Walden: or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (various)

Best Novella
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (various)
The Long Dry by Cynan Jones (Granta Books, first published by Parthian)
Grief is the thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Faber)

 

Best Memoir & Novella Longlists

The longlists of 10 titles for both categories were drawn up from nominations from the public and long listed by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies in conjunction with students at Aberystwyth University's Department of English & Creative Writing: Ivy Napp, Alex Hubbard, Leanne Nulty, Rosie Maley & Jacob Hume.

Read reviews on each of the long listed titles here

Best Memoir
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Virago)
Fun House: A Family Tragi-comic by Alison Bechdel (Jonathan Cape)
Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog (Grove Atlantic)
The Vagabond’s Breakfast by Richard Gwyn (Y Lolfa)
The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott (Penguin Classics)
Other People’s Countries: A Journey into Memory by Patrick McGuinness (Vintage)
Old Soldier Sahib by Frank Richards (Parthian/Library of Wales)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, trans from the French by Anjali Singh (Vintage)
Walden: or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (various)
Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams (Planet Books)

Best Novella
The Tip of my Tongue by Trezza Azzopardi (Seren)                                                                                                The Awakening by Kate Chopin (various)
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (various)
Equivocator by Stevie Davies (Parthian)
Sings Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, trans Lisa Dillman (And Other Stories)
The Long Dry by Cynan Jones (Granta Books, first published by Parthian)
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (various)
The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers (various)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (various)
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Faber)

New Welsh Review's Principal Sponsor is Aberystwyth University, and it is hosted within the university's Department of Creative Writing. The Editor & Awards co-judge, and the magazine's Marketing Officer are being shadowed by students from the Department in the planning, judging and execution of the prize.