Wales Book of the Year 2024: Announcing the judging panel and ceremony venue

Published Thu 7 Mar 2024 - By Literature Wales
Wales Book of the Year 2024: Announcing the judging panel and ceremony venue
Images of the Wales Book of the Year 2024 judges. Dylan Moore, Patrice Lawrence, Pascale Petit, Rachel Tresize.
Literature Wales is delighted to announce the judges for Wales Book of the Year 2024, and location for the Awards Ceremony 

Wales Book of the Year is our national literary award. Celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across a range of genres in English and Welsh, it offers an invaluable platform to both emerging and established writers. Wales Book of the Year plays an essential part in Literature Wales’ programme of activity and contributes to our strategic aim of celebrating and representing Wales’ writers, heritage, and rich literary culture. 

There are four categories in each language – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, and Children & Young People, with one of the category winners in each language announced as the Overall Winner and claiming the title of Wales Book of the Year and Llyfr y Flwyddyn 2024. In addition, the People’s Choice and Barn y Bobl prizes are awarded following a public vote.  

The Judges 

On the English-language judging panel this year are writer, journalist, and chair of Wales PEN Cymru Dylan Moore; writer, Royal Society of Literature Fellow and experienced mentor Patrice Lawrence; novelist, playwright, and Dylan Thomas Prize winner Rachel Trezise; and poet, novelist, and former Chair of the T.S. Eliot Prize Pascale Petit. 

This year’s Welsh-language judging panel are poet and WJEC Welsh Literature Senior Examiner Tudur Dylan Jones; actor, director, and writer Hanna Jarman; writer and Senior Lecturer at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University Rhiannon Marks; and producer, director, writer, and former S4C Content Commissioner Nici Beech. 


I feel proud and fortunate to be one of the Wales Book of the Year judges this year. The experience has been fulfilling and fun but also quite frightening and complex, constantly having to keep an open mind and read outside of my own tastes. Creating a Shortlist will be a mammoth task. The breadth of styles and subject matter is considerable and the quality very high.”Rachel Trezise 

 To find out more about the panel of judges, head to the Wales Book of the Year Project Page. 

The Awards Ceremony  

We are also thrilled to announce that the Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony this year will be held at Galeri in Caernarfon on Thursday 4 July.  

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Wales Book of the Year Awards Ceremony back to Caernarfon, and here to Galeri this July. This will be the third time the ceremony has been held at Galeri and we are looking forward to welcoming the leading writers and poets of Wales, and the public together to this important annual celebration in the literary calendar.”Steffan Thomas, Galeri Chief Executive  

Ceremony tickets will be available to purchase from Galeri following the Shortlist announcement in May, with all the details published on the Literature Wales website 

Our Partners 

We are grateful to our varied partners who help make this celebration possible; you can find out more about them here. We are a pleased to welcome our new sponsors and partners: Principal Sponsors Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy who will sponsor our English language Overall Wales Book of the Year Award.  We are grateful to our Awards Ceremony Sponsors, Brecon Carreg, Penderyn Distillery, and Cwrw Llŷn. 

“We are delighted to become sponsors of the Wales Book of the Year Award. ENCAP’s staff and student creative writers and literary researchers will benefit enormously from the expertise, knowledge and experience offered by the Literature Wales team and the opportunities to participate in events and engagement with the writers, judges and reader communities.”Professor Mark Llewellyn, Head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) 

The public will have an opportunity to voice their opinion once again this year, by voting for their favourite from the shortlisted titles. We’re delighted to welcome Nation.Cymru, the news service “by the people of Wales, for the people of Wales” to the Wales Book of the Year family for 2024, as the new hosts of the People’s Choice Prize. Golwg360, the Welsh-language news outlet, will host the Barn y Bobl vote.  

Once again, we’ll be working with BBC Cymru Wales to bring you all the latest news including announcing the Shortlist during the week of 13 May.  

Keep an eye on the Wales Book of the Year project page and on our social media channels to be the first to hear about any Wales Book of the Year related news.