Annual Welsh Book Competition Reveals English-Language Award Shortlist

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), March 8, 2012 | Go to article overview

Annual Welsh Book Competition Reveals English-Language Award Shortlist


THE shortlist for this year's Tir na n-Og English-language award has been drawn and is revealed today by Education Wales.

Three awards are presented annually by the Welsh Books Council with support from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Cymru and Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion.

Battling out for this year's Best English-language Book are: Full Moon by Jenny Sullivan; Nelson at Sea by Simon Weston (with David Fitzgerald and illustrations by Jac Jones); and Saving SS Shannon by Phil Carradice.

The awards, given for the best books for children and young people, were established in 1976 with the intention of raising standards of young people's books in Wales.

Previous recipients of the Best English-language Book Award include Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jenny Nimmo, Malachy Doyle, Jenny Sullivan, Daniel Morden, Paul Manship and Rob Lewis.

It will be a tense few months for this year's hopefuls as they await news of the winner at CILIP Cymru's annual conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff, on Thursday, May 17.

In the meantime, scores of children in Wales will be shadowing the awards and deciding for themselves which book they think should win the 2012 Best English-language Book prize.

In a pilot involving six schools in three local authorities - Swansea, Ceredigion and the Vale of Glamorgan - pupils will be given the opportunity to hone important skills and enjoy reading the shortlisted titles. …

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