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Robert Minhinnick Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year
Friday, 11 May 2018
We're absolutely delighted to announce that Robert Minhinnick's Diary of the Last Man has been shortlisted in the Wales Book of the Year Awards 2018 for the The Roland Mathias Poetry Award! There are two other wonderful books on the shortlist, so we're incredibly proud of Robert for making it to the shortlist. Administered by Literature Wales, the Wales Book of the Year Awards are presented annually to the best Welsh and English-language works in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.
On the English-language judging panel this year are: award-winning author Cynan Jones; journalist, broadcaster and author, Carolyn Hitt; and distinguished poet and editor, Kathryn Gray.
On behalf of the judging panel, Carolyn Hitt said: “For me the judging process has been challenging and inspiring in equal measures. We had to make some brutal decisions to whittle down our choices. But this a shortlist that reflects the diversity and quality of Welsh writing in English – from established names at the peak of their powers to the breakthrough of exciting new voices.”
The Roland Mathias Poetry Award Shortlist:
All Fours, Nia Davies (Bloodaxe Books)
The Mabinogi, Matthew Francis (Faber & Faber)
Diary of the Last Man, Robert Minhinnick (Carcanet Press)
The winner will be announced on June 26th at Tramshed, Cardiff. Find out more information at the website here.
You can also vote for Diary of the Last Man in the People's Choice Awards here.
Robert Minhinnick’s recent publications include the novels, Sea Holly (2007) and Limestone Man (2015) from Seren and Fairground Music: the World of Porthcawl Funfair (Gomer, 2010). He edited the international quarterly, Poetry Wales, 1997 – 2008, and received a major Creative Wales award in 2008 to write a collection of short stories about refugees, The Keys of Babylon (Seren, 2011). His poems have twice won the Forward Prize for ‘best individual poem’ and his essays have twice won Wales Book of the Year. An established environmentalist, he is joint founder of Friends of the Earth Cymru, 1984, and the charity, Sustainable Wales, founded 1997, for which he is a special advisor. A film, Diary of the Last Man made by Park6 Productions, is released in 2017.
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