Sunday, 27 February 2011

The History Man is up for an Award

Rupert Matthews, the History Man, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 Tyr Na N-Og Awards organised by the Welsh Books Council.

In their press release announcing the short listing, Welsh Books Council said:
"The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the short list of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards 2011. The awards are presented annually by the Books Council to acknowledge the work of authors and illustrators of children’s books in three categories: the best English-language book, the best Welsh-language book for the primary sector and the best Welsh-language book for the secondary sector.

"Wendy Lloyd Jones, Chair of the English-language Selection Panel, said, ‘It was a pleasure to reconvene with panel members to discuss the 2010 English-language books. During our deliberations, the importance of outstanding quality in the winning text was seen as essential in order to maintain the status of the award.’

"Gwenan Ellis Jones, Chair of the Welsh-language Selection Panel, added, ‘Reading through the wealth of original Welsh-language books for children and young people published during 2010 has been a great pleasure. It is heartening to see the standard and variety of books – poetry, novels and short stories – that have been produced.’"

I can only add how flattered I am to be included in the short list. As is usual I must also thank my publisher, Salariya, for their expert design and editing skills. Without them this nomination would not be possible.


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