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Llondgyfarchiadau / Congratulations to Mike Parker on being awarded the Literature Wales 2020 Wales Book of the Year (creative non fiction) for his masterpiece of writing 'On The Red Hill'. 

On The Red Hill is the story of the four points of the compass, the four elements, the four season and four lives all converging together in one spacial place, Rhiwgoch. Its a natural history with beautiful observations of life throughout the year, its a history of Wales and events that have shaped our nation, its the hidden history of the struggle for gay rights and lives lived, its the story of four people and one place. Its a love story. 

Preds, Mike and Fflos with a photo of George and Reg and the 2020 Wales Book of the Year award photographed at Rhiwgoch by Elizabeth Fenwick.

The overall winner of Literature Wales' 2020 Wales Book of the Year is Niall Griffiths for his novel Broken Ghost.

Broken Ghost (Jonathan Cape) is Niall Griffith’s ninth novel, and the second to win the prestigious Wales Book of the Year Award (Stump, 2004). The novel features a Welsh community drawn together and blown apart by a strange vision in the mountains.

The winner of the Poetry Award is Zoë Skoulding with her collection Footnotes to Water (Seren), in which she follows two forgotten rivers, the Adda in Bangor and the Bièvre in Paris, and tracks the literary hoofprints of sheep through Welsh mountains. In these journeys she reveals urban and rural locales as sites of lively interconnection, exploring the ways in which place shapes and is shaped by language.

The winner of the Creative Non-Fiction Award is On the Red HillMike Parker (William Heinemann). On the Red Hill is the story of Rhiw Goch, ‘the Red Hill’, and its inhabitants, but also the story of a remarkable rural community and a legacy that extends far beyond bricks and mortar. On The Red Hill celebrates the turn of the year’s wheel, of ever-changing landscapes, and of the family to be found in the unlikeliest of places.

The winner of the Children & Young People Award is Sophie Anderson with her lyrical folk tale of magic, belonging, and choosing your own family, The Girl Who Speaks Bear (Usborne). This novel follows Yanka, who was found abandoned by a bear cave as a baby, and has always wondered where she is from. When she must flee her house looking for these answers, a journey far beyond anything she ever imagined begins, from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

The Children & Young People category is new for 2020, to encourage a new generation of creative readers and writers, help raise the profile of Wales and its talented authors, and establish that literature for children is on a par with that which is intended for adult readership.

The Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Prize was awarded to Sophie Anderson, who captured the imagination of the reading public with The Girl Who Speaks Bear

Literature Wales announced the 2020 Wales Book of the Year Welsh-language Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction category winners as Caryl Bryn and Alan Llwyd who have both won their 2020 Wales Book of the Year categories with their respective titles Hwn ydy’r llais, tybad? (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp) and Byd Gwynn, Cofiant T. Gwynn Jones (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas).

The Wales Book of the Year 2020 Awards were announced on Friday 31 July 2020. Judging the English-language books this year were author and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max; author, teacher and translator Sampurna Chattarji; and Fulbright Scholar, Senior Lecturer and Hay Festival fellow, Tiffany Murray.

On the Welsh-language panel this year were Journalist and Former-editor of BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Cymru Fyw, Betsan Powys; cartoonist, author and presenter Siôn Tomos Owen; Award-Winning Poet and Head of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University, Emyr Lewis; and Singer-Songwriter Casi Wyn.