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Wales Book of the Year 2017 to be serialised in Western Mail.

Published Thu 14 Dec 2017 - By Literature Wales
Photo: Literature Wales + Camera Sioned

This coming Tuesday, the Western Mail newspaper will begin their serialisation of Alys Conran’s multiple award winning novel, Pigeon. It is a journey through the uneasy half-forgotten memories of childhood, a story about wishful thinking and the power of language. Pigeon was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 and won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award and the Wales Book of the Year 2017 awards, which can be read about in full here

In Pigeon, Iola and Pijin make up stories to test each other, stories of daring and adventure, of bad people and of Gwyn who drives his ice cream up the hill to their town every week. Gwyn is a dangerous man and Pijin knows it. Iola is not so sure. As they grow up and their friendship grows more complicated, some of their stories fall silent, but some will come true.

Alys Conran’s fiction, poetry, and translations have been placed in several competitions, including The Bristol Short Story Prize and The Manchester Fiction Prize. Having previously studied Literature at Edinburgh, she completed her MA in Creative Writing at Manchester. She has also run projects to increase access to creative writing and reading among traditionally excluded groups in North Wales. She was recently awarded a scholarship to write a second novel.

Watch out for a feature on Alys Conran in Western Mail on 19 December 2017.