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The National Library of Wales wishes to congratulate Morgan Owen on winning the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award in the Celtic Languages category.

He was awarded the prize on Tuesday, 10 December, during an event at The British Library in London for his volume moroedd/dŵr.

Although the awards for English poetry have been held for many years, this was the first prize to be awarded to poetry in the Celtic languages, and it is hoped that this will become an annual occurrence. The awards are sponsored by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and the chair of the trust, Marina, Lady Marks was behind the idea of a prize for poetry in the Celtic languages.

The National Library of Wales is proud to be involved in the arrangements for this award.

Nine pamphlets were submitted this year, eight in Welsh and one in Cornish.

Genev Dons; Tanya Brittain
Mudo; Cris Dafis
Llanw + Gorwel; Grug Muse
Neu; David Greenslade
Golau; Dyfan Lewis
Mawr a cherddi eraill; Dyfan Lewis
Cywilydd; Iestyn Tyne
Hwn ydi’r llais, tybad?; Caryl Bryn

Poet Dafydd Pritchard said of the winning volume:

“I would say it was the most ambitious collection of poems and also the most successful… The poems are rich in form and expression… and sometimes brings the works of Euros Bowen to mind."

It's good to see so many new poetry pamphlets in Welsh, and all of a high standard. We hope to see the same energy in poetry publishing in the New Year.

Details of the new competition will be available on the Wordsworth Trust website early next year.


Further Information

Elen Haf Jones     or
01970 632 534