Tir na n-Og Awards 2010


The 2010 English Award has been won by Paul Manship for his novel for young people, Dear Mr Author, a gripping and funny story set in Newport. It is an original, clever and fast-paced story. The main character, eleven-year-old Sam Willoughby, always seems to be trying too hard for success, but fails miserably as a result of his blind enthusiasm. Dear Mr Author is published by Pont Books, Gomer Press.

Paul Manship was born in Newport, south Wales but spent a year in South Africa when he was seven. He now teaches in a primary school in Newport and says he gets his ideas for his books from his life as a teacher, through watching a lot of films, and pure imagination. Paul Manship has written two other novels for children – The Cube and Rewind.

Paul Manship said,‘I started writing ten years ago, partly inspired by the books I was reading to my class, notably Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider. It’s thrilling to think that I’ve been awarded something that has been won previously by such fine writers, storytellers and illustrators as Frances Thomas, Graham Howells and Daniel Morden. Winning the Tir na n-Og Award has given me a real boost of encouragement.’

Paul Manship

Paul Manship

The award was presented to the author at a special reception held at the CILIP Cymru annual conference at Llandrindod, Powys.

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of the Children’s Books Department at the Welsh Books Council, said, ‘There was a wealth of books to be considered for this year’s Tir na n-Og Award, reflecting the high standard of books for children. It is with great pleasure that we warmly congratulate the winner and the publisher.’

The 2010 Welsh-language Tir na n-Og Awards

The Welsh Books Council has announced the names of the winners of the Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2010 in a special ceremony at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Ceredigion.


The winner in the primary category is Trwy’r Tonnau – Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa).

A lively, gripping novel and a sequel to Trwy’r Darlun. Cledwyn, Siân and Gili Dŵ have yet another adventure in the magical land of Crug which is full of different creatures. They unravel more mysteries about their parents and we also meet new characters. There is a moral to this story which will appeal to readers aged 9–13.

Manon Steffan Ros was brought up in Rhiwlas, Dyffryn Ogwen, and now lives in Pennal,

Bro Dysynni, near Machynlleth. She won the Drama Medal at the National Eisteddfod in Eryri and Swansea.

Manon Steffan Ros said, ‘I love writing for children and winning the prestigious Tir na n-Og Award means a lot to me.’


The winner of the secondary category is Codi Bwganod – Rhiannon Wyn (Y Lolfa).

Codi Bwganod contains the ingredients for a successful novel – the amusing and the serious, the sad and the incredible.

Erin has recently moved into a smart old mansion which is featured on a TV programme. A relationship developes between the presenter Robyn Rici, and Sara, Erin’s mother, but little do they know that Erin also has a friend. The novel flows smoothly and effortless; the dialogue and the freshness of the humour is effective.

Rhiannon Wyn was brought up in Groeslon, Caernarfon. After graduating in Welsh and Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, she took time off to travel the world. She now writes scripts for Rownd a Rownd and Pobol y Cwm. This is her first novel for young people.

Rhiannon Wyn said, ‘Receiving this award has given me confidence to proceed with other projects.’

Manon Steffan Ros and Rhiannon Wyn

Manon Steffan Ros and Rhiannon Wyn

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of Children’s Books Department, Welsh Books Council said, ‘We are very pleased that both the winners of the Tir na n-Og Award this year are new and young authors. This comes as no surprise as the two hail from a literary background – Manon being the daughter of the poet and composer Steve Eaves, and Rhiannon the daughter of the author Eirug Wyn. Things are looking up for the future of the Welsh novel.’