Tir na n-Og Awards 2012


Magical Novel Wins Major Award

The Welsh Books Council has announced the name of the winner of the 2012 Tir na n-Og English Award. In a prestigious event at Cardiff Central Library on 17 May, the award was presented to JENNY SULLIVAN for her novel Full Moon.

Jenny Sullivan

Jenny Sullivan was born in Cardiff and lived in Raglan, Monmouthshire, for many years before moving to Brittany in 2004. She returns often to Wales, visiting schools and libraries across the country to hold author sessions and writing workshops.

A novelist, short story writer, poet and storyteller, Jenny was awarded the Irma Chilton Bursary by the Welsh Arts Council in 1993. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and was awarded a PhD in 2002.

A prolific and popular writer, she has written, or contributed to, well over 30 books for children; she won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2006 for her historical novel Tirion's Secret Journal .

Jenny Sullivan said: ‘I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have won this major award for the second time. I must admit to being a compulsive writer and I’m currently working on a sequel to Full Moon .’

Published by Pont Books, Full Moon ’s protagonist is an average teenage girl with an average teenage life – she likes make-up and boys, and isn’t too keen on homework. But an encounter with a strange creature in her Aunty Gwen’s cellar changes Nia’s life for ever. With her fast-paced and witty style of writing, Jenny Sullivan creates a weird and wonderful world of magic that captivates her readers.

The Tir na n-Og English Award – which recognises the exceptional quality of books with a Welsh background for children and young people – is sponsored by CILIP Wales (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), and the award ceremony formed part of their annual conference.

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: ‘There was a wealth of books to be considered for this year’s Tir na n-Og Award, reflecting the quality and range of books available for children. It is with great pleasure that we warmly congratulate Jenny Sullivan and Pont Books on their achievement.’

Click on the link to see what the author herself has to say: http://youtu.be/mWaB7hEUtqA



History was created this year as two authors won the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og awards for a second time, and at the same time as each other. MANON STEFFAN ROS and RHIANNON WYN were the winners in 2010, and both have won the same awards again this year. The awards will be presented to them by Carwyn Jones, AC, First Minister of Wales, on the main platform of the Eryri National Urdd Eisteddfod, during a special ceremony to be held on Thursday afternoon, 7 June 2012.

Rhiannon Wyn

Rhiannon Wyn

Manon Steffan Ros

Manon Steffan Ros

The Tir na n-Og awards are presented annually by the Welsh Books Council to the authors of the best books for children and young people published during the previous year. The awards were established in 1976 and, over the years, they have been presented to some of Wales’s leading authors of children’s books.

The primary school category was won by Manon Steffan Ros for Prism, a beautifully sensitive novel. In the story, family stresses lead to a big adventure for two brothers – Twm, the eldest, and Math, who has mental and social problems. Twm decides to give his mother a break by taking his brother on holiday – a holiday which changes the brothers’ lives for ever.

Manon was brought up in Rhiwlas, in the Ogwen valley, and she now lives at Pennal, near Aberdyfi, with her husband and two sons. She won the Drama Medal at the Eryri and Swansea National Eisteddfodau, and was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award in the Wales Book of the Year competition in 2010 for Fel Aderyn (Y Lolfa, 2009), her first novel for adults.

Manon said: "I’m delighted to win this prestigious award for the second time – it’s a great honour for me. Winning a national award such as Tir na n-Og is a huge boost for any author."

Winning the secondary school category was the achievement of Rhiannon Wyn, for her novel Yr Alarch Du. In this story, the fair has arrived at Caernarfon and has had a detrimental effect on three of the town’s inhabitants – Mathew, John and Lara. We follow their lives over four days, culminating in a tragic outcome.

Rhiannon was brought up in Groeslon, near Caernarfon. The family ran a bookshop, and she was encouraged to write from an early age. After graduating at Aberystwyth University, she travelled around the world. She now works as a scriptwriter on the television series Rownd a Rownd.

Rhiannon added: "Having won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2010 with my book Codi Bwganod, it is an honour and a pleasure to win this prestigious award for a second time. It is particularly pleasing that Manon and I are co-winners once again."

Both Prism and Alarch Du are published by Y Lolfa, Tal-y-bont.

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: "It is an honour to congratulate both Manon and Rhiannon on their success in winning the Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards 2012 for the second time. The standard of the books on the short list was particularly high this year, reflecting the wide variety of titles published. We warmly congratulate both authors, and publishers Y Lolfa, on their success."

The Tir na n-Og Awards are sponsored by CILIP Cymru/Wales (Chartered Institue of Library and Information Professionals), together with Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion. With the support of the Urdd, the awards will be presented at their National Eisteddfod.

The 2012 shortlisted titles were:

Best English-language Book Category

Full Moon – Jenny Sullivan (Pont)

Nelson at Sea – Simon Weston with David FitzGerald, illustrations by Jac Jones (Pont)

Saving SS Shannon – Phil Carradice (Pont)

Best Welsh-language Primary Category

Bob O’Chwith – Haf Roberts, illustrations by Giles Greenfield (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

Mewn Geiriau Eraill, Thesawrws i Blant – D. Geraint Lewis (Gomer)

Prism (Cyfres yr Onnen) Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)

Straeon o’r Mabinogi – Mererid Hopwood, illustrations by Brett Breckon (Gomer)

Best Welsh-language Secondary Category

Yr Alarch Du (Cyfres y Dderwen) – Rhiannon Wyn (Y Lolfa)

Y Ddau Ryfel Byd Enbyd (Hanes Atgas) – Catrin Stevens (Gomer)

Rhyfel Cartref (Cyfres Pen Dafad) – Gwenno Hughes (Y Lolfa)

Siarad (Cyfres y Dderwen) – Lleucu Roberts (Y Lolfa)


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