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Winner of the 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry announced | 24-Nov-09

Dafydd Wyn wins the 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry

Press release from Academi:

The 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry was announced on Thursday 19 November as Academi hosted the much anticipated Grand Final in Cardiff.

MC Ifor Thomas led an evening of poetry performances from 16 new and familiar faces to the performance scene. Judging the competition were 2009 Wales Book of the Year winner Deborah Kay Davies, poet and editor of New Welsh Review Kathryn Gray, and Wiard Sterk, Executive Director of independent public art consultancy Safle.

The competition was intense but the judges picked Dafydd Wyn from Ammanford as the overall winner. Wyn has previously published two novels including a children's book The M4 Cats (Lolfa 2008). He is also a former runner-up in the John Tripp Award.

The "verbal pyrotechnics" of youngest competitor Liam Johnson landed him both the judges' runner-up prize and the coveted Audience Prize voted for on the night by the throng of literary enthusiasts in attendance. 19 year-old Liam, who is currently studying English and Creative Writing at UWIC University, started writing poems and lyrics at fifteen and states the Beat Generation as his most significant influence.

For more information on the winners and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry contact Academi on: 029 2047 2266 or visit

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