We are incredibly pleased to announce the judge for the Search for the Next Generation of Welsh Writers is Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Rachel Trezise.
Hailing from the Rhondda Valley, Trezise has been a solid fixture on the literary scene after the massive success of first book In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl and her second, Fresh Apples. Trezise is an established short story writer, poet and novelist and also counts scriptwriting and theatre as a few of her many accolades.
Since her break out onto the scene, Trezise has published five books (both fiction and semi-memoir) including Dial M for Merthyr in which she tours with local band Midasuno, had her work performed on stage and on the radio, and been included in numerous anthologies.
Here is Clare Potter, Welsh Writer’s Trust trustee, on the announcement:
‘Who better than to judge a competition on overcoming adversity that Rachel Trezise? The characters in her novels, short stories and dramas face adversity, this is what her work is about, putting the lens to difficult lives which have within them depth and integrity. She often writes about transformation, moving forward. Rachel is a Rhondda girl who despite being an award winning, internationally revered writer, never wants to leave the valleys. Her first book, In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl, written when she was in the University of Glamorgan, saw her winning a place on the Orange Futures List, 2001 and her next book, a collection of short stories, Fresh Apples, won the coveted Dylan Thomas prize. She publishes prolifically and travels the world to conferences, festivals and universities, but she always keeps a finger on the pulse of the Rhondda.’
The Welsh Writers’ Trust and Parthian Books are so happy to welcome Rachel Trezise to the competition.