This was certainly the highlight of 2002 for me. Cadwyni Rhyddid won the Arts Council of Wales's Welsh-Language Book of the Year prize. The award was made at the Festival of Literature at Hay on Wye.
The other shortlisted books were William Owen Roberts's ambitious novel Paradwys, which tells the story of slavery in the 18th-century West Indies, intercut with the birth of the slate industry in north Wales, and Aled Jones Williams's excellent Rhaid iti Fyned y Daith Honno dy Hun, which intercuts the death of the author's father with the history of a relative killed in the first world war.
I've read both of them, and so no-one was more surprised than me that my book won! You can read what the chairman of the adjudicator said in the reviews section here.
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