WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019: The Winners

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR

Poet Ailbhe Darcy is the People’s Choice Winner

In a ceremony at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 20th June, the Cardiff-based poet Ailbhe Darcy was declared overall winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2019 with her impressive collection, Insistence (published by Bloodaxe Books).

INSISTENCEShe received a total prize pot of £4,000 plus a specially commissioned trophy (designed and created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones), which was presented to her by Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University.

The judges described Darcy’s collection, which is set during a six-year period the poet and her family spent living in a post-industrial city in the Midwestern United States, as a “thoroughly human project” and as opening up a natural world “where love erupts with explosive force onto the necessity of living.”

Literature Wales chief executive Lleucu Siencyn commented to journalists: “Wales has an age-old poetic tradition, and Ailbhe Darcy’s win shows us that poetry’s power to help us make sense of the world, ourselves, and others around us is as relevant today as it always has been.”

Recognizing books across three categories in both English and Welsh – in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction – ten winners took to the stage during the ceremony and between them shared a prize fund of £12,000.

The category winners were:

THE ROLAND MATHIAS POETRY AWARD

Insistence, Ailbhe Darcy (Bloodaxe Books Ltd.)

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY FICTION AWARD

West, Carys Davies (Granta Publications)

THE CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD

Moneyland, Oliver Bullough (Profile Books)

THE WALES ARTS REVIEW PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE

Insistence, Ailbhe Darcy (Bloodaxe Books Ltd.)

THE WELSH-LANGUAGE POETRY AWARD

GWOBR FARDDONIAETH

Cyrraedd a cherddi eraill, Alan Llwyd (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)

THE WELSH-LANGUAGE FICTION AWARD

GWOBR FFUGLEN PRIFYSGOL ABERYSTWYTH

Llyfr Glas Nebo, Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)

THE WELSH-LANGUAGE CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD

GWOBR FFEITHIOL- GREADIGOL

Cymru mewn 100 Gwrthrych, Andrew Green (Gwasg Gomer)

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12 replies

  1. I read Carys Davies’ short story collection and was impressed – bought a copy of West recently and am looking forward to this

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  2. Last year I knew all the finalists in the fiction category (two of them were once students of mine). Am intrigued to see who is in it this year.

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  3. Congratulations to all! And I just love the cover of Ailbhe Darcy’s Insistence.

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  4. Some contenders for a future #dewithon then!

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