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Jeremy Over Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

Friday, 3 Jul 2020

Wales Book of the Year shortlist image Huge congratulations to Jeremy Over, whose most recent collection, Fur Coats in Tahiti, has made it onto the Wales Poetry Book of the Year 2020 shortlist!

The 12 books nominated for this year’s Awards were revealed on BBC Radio Wales’ Gareth Lewis programme at 6.00pm on 1 July 2020. Wales Book of the Year is Wales’ national book prize, celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across various genres in both English and Welsh.

Judging the English-language books this year are author and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max; author, teacher and translator Sampurna Chattarji; and Fulbright Scholar, Senior Lecturer and Hay Festival Fellow, Tiffany Murray.

On behalf of the judging panel, Sampurna Chattarji said: “It’s been both a joy and a challenge being on the panel for WBOTY 2020. The quality of the poetry was consistently high, with a huge range of voices and concerns, so whittling the list down was quite a task! I’m very happy with the shortlists that we arrived at, across the categories. The entire process of reading, thinking about and discussing poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s books with my co-judges has only deepened my long-term relationship with Wales, its literatures, and my appreciation of its commitment to a robust community of writers and readers, in English as well as in Welsh.”

The winners will be announced on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show on Friday 31 July from 6.00 pm. Visit the prize website here to see the full shortlist and for more information. Well done to Jeremy, and all the shortlisted authors and publishers. We can't wait to find out who the winners are!
Cover image of Fur Coats in Tahiti by Jeremy Over Fur Coats in Tahiti is a cocktail of borrowed forms and modes from Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, the OuLiPo, the Vienna Group and the New York school. There are scissor snips and slips of the tongue and eye in a sequence of word and image compositions derived from an Edwardian illustrated dictionary. Elsewhere there are childlike, and plain childish, oral and aural pleasures to be had with bananas, cherries and Slobodan Živojinovic; tahini and Petroc Trelawny. The book begins with 'O', an openmouthed astonishment at nativity, and ends, not with Z but, in the hope of further connection, with the twenty-seventh letter of the alphabet: '&'.

Buy the book here.

Jeremy Over was born in Leeds in 1961. His poetry was first published in New Poetries II. There followed two Carcanet collections, A Little Bit of Bread and No Cheese and Deceiving Wild Creatures. He currently lives on a hill near Llanidloes in the middle of Wales.

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