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Longlist for Wales Book of the Year unveiled

21st April 2010

The Wales Book of the Year award has unveiled its 2010 longlist, which is focused on young, lesser-known and new writers.

Terri Wiltshire's Carry Me Home and Pocket Notebook by Mike Thomas are two debut novels included in the nominations for the GBP 10,000 prize.

Poetry collections also feature strongly on the ten-strong English language list, with Jasmine Donahaye's Self-Portrait as Ruth, Spy Pinhole Eye by Philip Gross and Richard Marggraf Turley's Wan-Hu's Flying Chair being included.

Ian Gregson, chair of the award's English-language judges, commented: 'This year's list is especially exciting because almost all the best books this year were by lesser-known or younger writers, notably the two novelists and the three poets.'

He also highlighted the 'conspicuously varied' genres represented in the nominations, including short stories, life-writing, poetry, nature-writing and novels.

The shortlist for the award will be confirmed on June 6th, with the winners announced at a gala dinner at St David's Hotel in Cardiff on June 30th.

Last year, Deborah Kay Davies won the English category of the Wales Book of the Year with Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful.

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