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Seran Dolma Wins Friends of the Books Council of Wales Prize

Published Tue 29 Sep 2020 - By Literature Wales
Today, Tuesday 29 September 2020, Seran Dolma from Penrhyndeudraeth was announced as the winner of the Friends of the Books Council of Wales’ competition to find new ideas for Welsh-language novels for young adults.

Seran previously won a place on Literature Wales and Books Council of Wales’ Writing and Illustrating for Children course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2019 through a competitive application process, and earlier this year she was she was accepted on Literature Wales’ 2020 Mentoring Scheme for early career writers.

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Seran will receive a £1,000 prize from the Friends, as well as the opportunity for advice on transforming her idea into a published novel.

Speaking about the Friends’ competition, Seran Dolma said:

“I am so grateful to the Friends of the Books Council of Wales for this opportunity, and to the judges for selecting ‘Y Nendyrau’ as the winning entrant. It’s a huge boost to my confidence as a writer, and gives me hope that there is a market for the novel and that publication will be possible at the end of the day.

I would like to take this opportunity to also thank Literature Wales and my mentor Lleucu Roberts for their support. I am continuing to work on the novel and hope to have a final draft of the written text ready by Christmas. There is a visual element too, which may take a little longer, but I hope all the work will be completed early in 2021.”

To read more about this story, visit the Books Council of Wales’ website.