The M. Wynn Thomas Prize to be Announced this Week
The second M. Wynn Thomas Prize is being announced this week, in line with the launch of the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English, on Wednesday October 16, 6pm at the Callaghan Lecture Theatre, Swansea University.
Supported by Parthian, The Library of Wales, Swansea University and the Learned Society of Wales, the prize is for the best critical essay in the field of Welsh Writing in English, published or unpublished, in the calendar year 2012.
The prize will be £250 and a full set of Parthian’s Library of Wales titles, with two specially commended essays receiving additional book prizes from the series.
The prize is named in honour of Professor Wynn Thomas, the former Director and founder of CREW (the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) at Swansea University. Professor Thomas is currently Chairman of the Welsh Books Council, and holds the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996, received the highest honour of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2000, and in 2007 was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the two literatures of Wales. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the Learned Society of Wales, with particular responsibility for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
'M. Wynn Thomas has been the brilliant yet unassuming doyen of literary criticism in Wales for several decades now, so it's fitting that this generous prize for new work in the field should bear his name and the prestige that goes with it’. Dr Katie Gramich, Cardiff University