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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 27 languages, and he tutors regularly for Tŷ Newydd and the Arvon Foundation.

Julia Forster has worked for nearly twenty years in the publishing industry across the UK. She now works in PR for the independent poetry publishers Nine Arches Press as well as working freelance as a mentor for novelists, running workshops on professional development for authors and also serving on the executive committee of Wales PEN Cymru. She worked for two years at the literary magazine New Welsh Review and volunteered on the editorial committee at Honno Welsh Women’s Press. Her novel What a Way to Go was published by Atlantic Books in 2016 and she also published a work of non-fiction, Muses, in 2007. She received a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors in 2016 to fund research for her third book.

Ceri Wyn Jones hails from Cardigan. He won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in 1997 and 2014, and the Crown at 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, broadcasting and performing his work. His poems have been on the curriculum for GCSE, A-level examinations and undergraduate courses. His first volume of poetry Dauwynebog (Gomer) was on the short list for Book of the Year 2008. A former winner of the Tir na n-Og award, he was shortlisted for the same award again in 2016, in both Welsh and English-language categories. Having previously been editor of English-language books for adults at Gomer, he now 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.

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