Owen Sheers wins Wales Book of the Year Award
UEA alumnus Owen Sheers has won this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award for his verse drama, ‘Pink Mist’, which was published by Faber and Faber earlier this year. The book was also awarded the Roland Mathias poetry award. Owen (pictured) previously won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2005 for his first work of non-fiction, ‘The Dust Diaries’. He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, ‘The Blue Book’, in 2000. His second collection, ‘Skirrid Hill’, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. He is additionally the author of ‘Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby’, published last year, the novel ‘Resistance’ (2007), and numerous titles for radio, stage and screen, including ‘The Two Worlds of Charlie F’, which was funded by the British Legion and was the subject of a BBC 1 ‘Imagine’ documentary. It won the Edinburgh Festival Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2012. ‘Pink Mist’ was first commissioned by BBC Radio 4, and was the winner last year of the Hay Medal for Poetry.