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Popular Cultural History of Newport by Former 60-ft Dolls Member and Gay Coming of Age Dystopia Among Shortlisted Entries (02-05-2019)

Musicians and writers packed out last night's New Welsh Writing Awards shortlisting event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop
Musicians and writers packed out last night's New Welsh Writing Awards shortlisting event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop, featuring Newport's former 60-ft Dolls band member Richard John Parfitt and Cardiff's Rosey Brown, with author Cynan Jones and editor and translator Gwen Davies representing the judges. A panel discussion with Rose and Richard touched on poverty, the power of literacy, the archaeology of muddy waterways, and the black holes of Britain that suck in all the energy (in London's case) and spew it out (in Newport's case.)

Rosey made the shortlist of the Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella with 'Adrift', a gay coming-of-age story set in an island-Yorkshire (following floods which render Britain an archipelago).

Meanwhile, representing the shortlist for the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting, Richard's nonfiction account of Newport's 90s popular cultural zeitgeist was clearly written by a man who was there. Adjudications and full list of shortlisted and highly commended writers Congratulations to all nominees in both categories, especially Elizabeth Griffiths, who made the trek west from Lincolnshire and whose entry 'Closing the Gap', a set of innovative, multi-perspective essays, was praised by judge Gwen Davies as 'brimming with integrity and depth'.

All shortlisted authors are now in the running for the £1000 prize, an advance on an ebook deal; winners will be announced on Friday 24 May, 3pm at the Hay Festival, Summerhouse.

L-R, Richard John Parfitt (centre) with his band, the 60-ft Dolls; Rosey Brown

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