If you haven’t already picked up on this, the shortlist for the Wales Book of the Year award is out and I’ve spotted some familiar faces. Philip Gross is in the running for the English language poetry prize with Deep Field. And Richard Gwyn’s book, The Vagabond’s Breakfast, could win him the English language creative non-fiction prize.
In total there are 18 books on the list, nine written in Welsh and nine written in English. They all look pretty interesting reads, so perhaps I’ll add a couple of the English ones to my bookshelf- I don’t speak Welsh although I’d love to be able to.
Iain Sinclair is on the list. His books are always a heavy read, but worth persevering with. Although Ghost Milk might kill any patriotism you’re feeling as the Olympic torch makes its way through Britain- it’s highly critical of London’s new Olympic buildings.
Three Journeys, by Bryon Rogers, is also on the Creative Non-Fiction list, alongside Richard Gwyn and Sinclair. If you’re looking for something funny, this may be just the ticket. It’s based on his experience of growing up and leaving Wales. Newspaper journalist Carolyn Hitt says you’ll have “laughed a lot” by the end.
The authors have a long wait until the prize giving ceremony on July 12, but members of the public can get involved by voting for their favourite book here. The winner of this poll gets the People’s Choice Prize. You can also book tickets to the prize giving ceremony at the Royal College of Music and Drama by contacting Literature Wales.