Literature Wales Bursaries Panel
Sioned Williams – Chair of the Panel – was brought up in the valleys of Gwent, but has since made her home in Alltwen in the Swansea Valley. A former journalist and producer with BBC Wales, she is now Communications and Development Manager at Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University. She co-manages Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, the Welsh Centre for the Swansea and Neath Valleys. As a commentator and arts critic she broadcasts on Welsh language radio and television programmes and contributes reviews for the Welsh language magazines Barn and Taliesin. She has previously adjudicated the Daniel Owen Memorial Award and has judged the competition for the Crown at the Urdd National Eisteddfod.
Malachy Doyle is a writer of children’s books. His first teenage novel, Georgie (Bloomsbury) won the 2002 Tir na n-Og Award. His picture book The Dancing Tiger (Simon and Schuster) won the Smarties Silver Award in 2005, and Cow (Simon and Schuster) won the English Association Award (non-fiction) in 2002. Malachy lived in Wales for 23 years before returning to Ireland in 2007. He has had over 100 books published, his works have been translated into 26 languages, and he tutors regularly for Tŷ Newydd and the Arvon Foundation.
Julia Forster has extensive experience in the publishing industry, including two years working in a literary agency in London where she was responsible for screening submissions, as well as selling foreign rights. She worked for the literary magazine New Welsh Review as the marketing and publicity officer. Julia is a volunteer committee member of Honno Welsh Women’s Press. She has had one work of non-fiction published and her first novel What a Way to Go (Atlantic Books) was published in January 2016. Her writing has also appeared in Agenda, Arts Professional, PN Review and New Welsh Review. She was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturing in 2006 and is a member of English PEN.
Ceri Wyn Jones hails from Cardigan. He won the Chair in the National Eisteddfod in 1997, and won the Crown in the 2009 National Eisteddfod. He took on the role of Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh language Children’s Poet Laureate) for a year, and continues to travel throughout Wales, and beyond, leading workshops and performing his work. Some of his poetry is on the curriculum for A-level examinations and undergraduate courses. His first volume of poetry Dauwynebog (Gwasg Gomer), was on the short list for Book of the Year 2008. He works part-time as Editor English language books for adults at Gomer Press in Llandysul, and also works as a freelance author.
Catherine Phelps is a literary critic and editor. She is an early stage researcher and has taught English Literature at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. Her main academic interests are Welsh writing in English and Crime Fiction. Her research interests also include Post-colonial literature and theory; Twentieth– and Twenty-first–literature in English; Gothic literature; and Women’s writing and feminist theory. Catherine’s publications include a variety of academic essays and reviews.