Sian Northey and Mab Jones receive RSL Literature Matters Awards 2019

Published Thu 14 Mar 2019 - By Literature Wales
Credit: Phil Gammon

The Royal Society of Literature announced the recipients of the 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards at an event at the British Library on Friday 8 March. The Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake new literary projects that extend the reach of literature. The judges this year are Menna Elfyn, Abdulrazak Gurnah (chair) and Barney Norris.


Welsh authors Sian Northey and Mab Jones were among the list of award recipients. RSL Literature Matters Awards also went to: Will Eaves and Sophie Scott; Rosemary Harris; Winnie M Li and Clare Shaw; Alycia Pirmohamed and Jay G. Ying; and Gregory McCartney.


Mab Jones’ project, At the City’s Edge: The Wetlands of Wales, will be a podcast of poems, stories and sound art exploring the importance of the Welsh wetlands, which are now under threat. Mab is the winner of numerous awards including the Word Factory Neil Gaiman Short Story Competition and the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. Mab is the recipient of two Literature Wales Writers Bursaries.


Sian Northey’s project, Food Bank Stories/Straeon y Banc Bwyd, will involve the creation of a collection of short stories, in both Welsh and English, based on a residency at a food bank using techniques borrowed from verbatim theatre. Sian is a freelance author, poet and translator working mainly in Welsh. She is particularly interested in the connection between literature and health and well-being. Sian is the recipient of two Literature Wales Writers Bursaries and recently tutored on the Literature Wales residential Mentoring course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre


Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “The RSL Literature Matters Awards are great indicators of innovative practices that expand the artform, we are delighted to see two writers from Wales amongst the winners, and very much look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition soon.”


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