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Wales Book of the Year shortlist announced

7th June 2010

The final shortlist for the Wales Book of the Year 2010 was announced yesterday at the Guardian Hay Festival.

Cardiff poet Philip Gross; historian and distant cousin of Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Tolstoy and Newport-based novelist Terri Wiltshire are all in the running for the prestigious prize.

Gross, who is the professor of creative writing at Glamorgan University, has been recognised for his new work, I Spy Pinhole Eye, which is a combination of poetry and pinhole camera images.

Gross has written a number of critically acclaimed poetry collections, including Changes of Address and The Storm Garden.

Tolstoy's The Oldest British Prose Literature: The Compilation of The Four Branches of the Mabinogi investigates ancient Celtic literature believed to be written in the mid-1400s. His passion for Celtic literature was sparked while studying at Trinity College, Dublin.

Meanwhile, Wiltshire's debut novel of family history in Alabama, entitled Carry Me Home, took the final place on the shortlist.

The winner, who will receive GBP 10,000, will be announced at an award ceremony at St David's Hotel in Cardiff on June 30th.

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