As well as looking for the best essay writing via the New Welsh Writing Awards, we also asked readers to vote for their favourite essay collections ever published in the English language in our New Welsh Readers' Poll 2018. The winner, The Dragon has Two Tongues: Essays on Anglo-Welsh Writers & Writing, was announced at the shortlisting event at the bookshop at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 3 May 2018, where the editor of the best essay collection, Professor Tony Brown, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and John Barnie (runner-up of the Poll with his essay collection, The King of Ashes, Gomer, 1989) with a limited edition copy of The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories by Arthur Macken (Oxford University Press). 


BEST Essay collection winner

We are delighted to reveal the winner of the Best Essay Collection ever published in English as voted for by the public: The Dragon Has Two Tongues by Glyn Jones and edited by Tony Brown (Dent, 1968; University of Wales Press, 2001 & 2018)  is the winner of the Best Essay Collection in 2018, having received nearly 30% of the public vote.  




The shortlist of three titles for this year's category was, as voted by the public and in no particular order:

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The Dragon Has Two Tongues by Glyn Jones (University of Wales Press)

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Solnit (Canongate)

The King of Ashes by John Barnie (Gomer)



The longlist of 14 titles 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.

Read reviews of some of the longlisted titles


The Dragon Has Two Tongues by Glyn Jones (University of Wales Press)

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Solnit (Canongate)

The King of Ashes by John Barnie (Gomer)

Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss (Fitzcarraldo)

The White Album by Joan Didion (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer (Canongate Books)

Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature by Margaret Atwood (Little, Brown)  (Anchor Press)

Morning Yet on Creation Day by Chinua Achebe (Anchor Press)

Holy, The Firm by Annie Dillard (HarperPerrenial)

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin (Beacon Press)

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Abacus)

Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who by Neil Perryman (Faber & Faber)

A View from the Bed and Other Observations by Jenny Diski (Virago)

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman (David Fickling)

To Babel and Back by Robert Minhinnick (Seren)

Selected Essays 1778 - 1830 by William Hazlitt 


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.