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Author wins island literary award

Harri Prichard Jones (Photo by John Briggs)
Harri Prichard Jones has spoken at literary conferences

A Welsh author is to be honoured by a city on Sardinia for his contribution to minority language literature.

A short story collection by Harri Pritchard Jones is one of a series of Welsh books translated into Italian.

An International Award for Minority Languages is awarded by the city council of Sassari and is promoted by its university.

Last year, Mr Jones, joint chair of the Welsh literature body Academi, visited Sardinia for a literary conference.

The visit was organised by the Sardinian directors of the Geiriau o Gymru/Parole dal Galles, the series overseeing the translation of 13 Welsh works into Italian.

Mr Jones said: "I have spoken at a number of literary events in Italy and some of my work has been translated and published there - but I was not expecting an honour like this.

"There is a real interest in Welsh literature in Italy and authors from Wales are always given a warm welcome by the Italians.

"I'm in the process of learning Italian and I hope to be able to use a little of the language when I'm in Sassari."

Previous recipients of the Sardinian prize include the Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Ukrainian writer Oleksandr Irvanet.

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Sioned Puw Rowlands, director of Wales Literature Exchange, which promotes literature from Wales, said: "We have been developing literary links with Italy for several years and a number of books from Wales have been translated into Italian as a result.

"This award shows once again that there is a real appetite for literature from Wales outside our own country."

Mr Jones, who receives his award on Saturday, is due to speak at a series of literary events in Italy in November with fellow writer Menna Elfyn.



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