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Pigeon by Alys Conran named Wales Book of the Year 2017

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Image caption Alys Conran scooped three prizes for Pigeon at the ceremony

Pigeon by Alys Conran has been named Wales' Book of the Year 2017.

The author was awarded with three prizes, including the people's choice winner, for her tale of childhood memories during a ceremony in Cardiff.

Other winners included Idris Reynolds who scooped the main Welsh language prize for his collection about the late Archdruid of Wales Dic Jones.

Lleucu Siencyn, of Literature Wales, said the awards were a celebration of Wales' "very best writers".

Literature Wales organises the event, but in June it was announced that responsibility for them will be transferred to the Wales Books Council.

The 2017 Welsh language People's Choice was awarded to Guto Dafydd for his novel Ymbelydredd (Y Lolfa).

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Image caption Alys Conran, John Freeman a Peter Lord were awarded prizes for their works at the ceremony in Cardiff

English language winners and runners-ups

The Roland Mathias Poetry Award

  • Winner - What Possessed Me by John Freeman
  • The Other City by Rhiannon Hooson
  • Psalmody by Maria Apichella

The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award

  • Winner - Pigeon by Alys Conran
  • Cove by Cynan Jones
  • Ritual, 1969 by Jo Mazelis

The Creative Non-Fiction Award

  • Winner - The Tradition by Peter Lord
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash by Keiron Pim
  • The Black Prince of Florence by Catherine Fletcher

The judges for the English prizes are author Tyler Keevil, academic Dimitra Fimi and poet Jonathan Edwards.

Welsh language winners and runners-up shortlist

Poetry Award

  • Winner - Bylchau by Aneirin Karadog
  • Chwilio am Dan by Elis Dafydd
  • Llinynnau by Aled Lewis Evans

Fiction Award

  • Winner - Y Gwreiddyn by Caryl Lewis
  • Ymbelydredd by Guto Dafydd
  • Iddew by Dyfed Edwards

Creative Non-Fiction Award

  • Winner - Cofio Dic, Idris Reynolds
  • Gwenallt by Alan Llwyd
  • Optimist Absoliwt by Menna Elfyn

The judges are critic Catrin Beard, author and poet Mari George and bookshop owner Eirian James.

The winners of each category received £1,000, while the overall winner received an additional £3,000.

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