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Gillian Clarke Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

Friday, 1 Jul 2022

No Text We're overjoyed that Gillian Clarke's collection Roots Home: Essays and a Journal (March 2021) has been shortlisted for the English-language Wales Book of the Year! The book is shortlisted in the Creative Non-Fiction Section. You can vote for Roots Home here.

The Wales Book of the Year Award is an annual prize celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across many genres and in both English and Welsh.

There are four categories in each language – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Children & Young People, with one of the four category winners announced as the Overall Winner, and claiming the title Wales Book of the Year 2022. There are twelve awards in total with a collective prize fund of £14,000. In both Welsh and English there are four category winners, one People’s Choice winner and one overall winner.

The winners will be announced on Friday 29 July on BBC Radio Wales’ The Arts Show. You can

Congratulations to Gillian, and all the shortlisted authors!

Read a preview of Roots Home on Exact Editions by clicking here.

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Wales's best-loved contemporary poet, one of the major poets of our endangered environment, returns to prose in Roots Home.

As in At the Source (2008), she does something unusual with form. She combines two elements. Seven vivid essay-meditations, informed by (among others) Dylan Thomas, George Herbert and W. B. Yeats, explore the ways in which poetry bears witness to what is and what might be, presence and transcendence in a threatened world. The meditations precede a journal that runs from January 2018 to December 2020, concluding with a poem entitled 'Winter Solstice' - three years of living close to animals, mountains, and (in particular) trees, in human intimacy and lockdown. 'Listen! They are whispering / now while the world talks, / and the ice melts, / and the seas rise. / Look at the trees!...'

This is necessary work. As she declares in 'Why I Write', the first meditation in Roots Home: 'Morning begins with my journal. I write in it most days, though not every day. It is friend and listener, to record, remember, rage and rhapsodise, a place for requiem and celebration. Words hold detail which might be forgotten - the way the hare halted as it crossed the lawn, the field where a rainbow touched down across the valley, the different voices of wind, or water, the close and distant territorial arias of May blackbirds.'




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