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Wales Book of the Year 2012 (16-07-2012)

Novelists take top prizes both in English and Welsh for Wales Book of the Year

Interesting that novels took both prizes in English and Welsh. Congratulations to Jon Gower and Patrick McGuinness for winning overall for the Welsh and English lists; to Gwyneth Lewis for taking the English poetry category; to Richard Gwyn for winning the creative nonfiction category (couldn't help a special YAY!!! for him on the night, and he looked great in his Manhattan suit); to Philip Gross for getting the People's Prize (his second recent prize for popularising poetry). And on the Welsh list, to Karen Owen for taking both poetry and people's prizes, and to Allan James for winning the nonfiction category and maintaining a dignity which runner-up Alan Llwyd lacked in running straight to the press to moan he hadn't won overall. His biography of Kate Roberts, reviewed by Fran Rhydderch in NWR 96, current issue, is very good, but I wonder whether the judges felt his claims about his subject's bisexuality were inadequately backed up? One penchant for an alabaster skintone does not make a lesbian....

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