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Past students shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year award

Three former A level students from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Pwllheli, have been shortlisted for The Wales Book of the Year Award.

The students, namely Sioned Erin with the book ‘Rhyngom’ in the fiction category, Llyr Titus with the book ‘Pridd’ alos in the fiction category, and Sioned Medi Evans with the children’s book, ‘Byd Bach dy Hun’.

The award is an annual prize celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across many genres, in both English and Welsh.

There are four categories in each language – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Children & Young People, with one of the four category winners announced as the Overall Winner, and claiming the title Wales Book of the Year. There are twelve awards in total with a collective prize fund of £14,000. In both Welsh and English there are four category winners, one People’s Choice winner and one overall winner.

Sioned Erin Hughes lives in Boduan, near Pwllheli. She graduated in Sociology and Welsh at Bangor University, before following a Master’s course in Creative Writing. She won the Crown at the Urdd Eisteddfod 2018 and came second for the Drama Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod 2022. She was the editor and curator of the book ‘Byw yn fy Nghroen’ which won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2020. Sioned has also written a book for children, ‘Y Goeden Hud’ at the beginning of 2020. ‘Byd Bach Dy Hun’ is her first book for adults – a book that won her the Prose Medal in Ceredigion last year.

Llŷr Titus comes from Bryn Mawr near Sarn in the Llŷn Peninsula, and now lives in Caernarfon. He won the Urdd Eisteddfod Crown in 2011, and the Drama Medal the following year. His first book, a science fiction novel for young people, ‘Gwalia’, won the Tir na n-Og Award in 2016. Llŷr is also a playwright; his play ‘Drych’ was staged by Frân Wen in 2015 and he is one of the founders of Cwmni drama’r Tebot. He also jointly founded Y Stamp magazine and the Stamp Publications press.

Originally from Pen Llŷn, Sioned Medi Evans now lives and works as a freelance designer in Cardiff. She feels passionate about drawing, telling a story and portraying everyday life in her work, and tries to add a little colour and positivity to the world.

Bethan Mair Hughes, A Level lecturer at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said,

"Congratulations to all three of our past students for being shortlisted for such a prestigious national award. We wish Sioned, Llyr, and Sioned all of the best, be we’re extremely proud of them all.”

In 2023, for the first time in four years, Literature Wales will host a live ceremony at The Tramshed in Cardiff on Thursday Evening 13 July.