Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist, teacher and translator. Her seventeen books include two novels, a short-story, eight poetry titles, and an anthology of poetry and prose by women writing in English, Malayalam, Telugu and Urdu. Her translation of 'Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems' is a Harper Perennial; and 'Wordygurdyboom!' – her translation of Sukumar Ray – is a Puffin Classic. She is currently Poetry Editor of 'The Indian Quarterly' and teaches writing to design students at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Mumbai.
Tiffany Murray has been an International Hay Festival fiction fellow, a Fulbright scholar and a Senior Lecturer. She is currently an RLF Fellow and Director of the Hay Festival’s Writers at Work program. Her novels 'Diamond Star Halo' and 'Happy Accidents' were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and her latest is 'Sugar Hall'. Tiffany’s work is set in Wales and its borders.
Martin Shipton is chief reporter of the Western Mail. He is a graduate of York University in English and Related Literature and did the postgraduate course in Journalism Studies at Cardiff University. He is the author of 'Poor Man’s Parliament: Ten Years of the Welsh Assembly' and of 'Political Chameleon', a biography of George Thomas. He has been Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards
Ken Wilson-Max was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he trained to be a graphic designer. He travelled to the UK to study design and ended up working in children’s publishing as a book designer, and then as a children’s author and illustrator. Since 2017 he has been running an independent publishing company creating and producing naturally inclusive books for very young children called Alanna Max.
Welsh-language Wales Book of the Year Award Judges
Betsan Powys spent 30 years working for the BBC as a bilingual journalist in Cardiff and London. She has since worked as the Political Editor of BBC Wales, Editor of Radio Cymru and Cymru Fyw and a member of the board of BBC Wales. Since leaving the corporate world in late 2018 she now enjoys spending time with her children and family, and having the ability to say 'yes, why not' to some things that in the past would have had the answer ‘no!’
Sion Tomos Owen
Sion Tomos Owen grew up in the Rhondda Valley. He studied Art Foundation and Illustration at Glamorgan College of Art, Design and Technology specialising in Illustration before studying for a degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He is a bilingual television and radio presenter, author of poetry, prose and books for Welsh learners as well as a Cartoonist and Designer. In 2018 he was awarded a Literature Wales writers bursary to work on his graphic novel. Sion runs creative workshops, creates murals, commissioned artwork and caricatures through his company CreaSion.
Emyr Lewis is a poet and head of the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. He has published three volumes of poetry. The first 'Chwarae Mig' won the Gruffydd John WIlliams Memorial Prize, while the other two ‘Amser Amherffaith / Dysgu Deud Celwydd yn Tsiec’ and 'twt lol' were on the shortlists for the Wales Book of the Year Award. He won the Chair at the 1994 National Eisteddfod and the Crown in Bro Ogwr in 1998.
A familiar voice both in Wales and further afield, Casi Wyn’s known for her contemporary and soulful songs, played frequently across our national radio stations. As well as performing her original work on the BBC Proms stages in Swansea with the BBC’s National Orchestra and with BBC Introducing at SXSW, more recently she performed as the guest artist at the BAFTA Wales ceremony. She created her first short film, ‘Robin Goch’, last year where she composed both the score and an original story, shown on S4C over the Christmas period.