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Roald Dahl's daughter criticises Dylan Thomas Prize

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BBC Wales Arts BBC Wales Arts | 11:50 UK time, Thursday, 4 March 2010

Writer Tessa Dahl, daughter of Welsh author Roald Dahl, has spoken out against one of the world's major literary awards, the Dylan Thomas Prize.

The 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize was recently launched in New York to coincide with St David's Day in Wales. The deadline for submissions of entries for the biennial prize, named after one of Wales' greatest ever writers, is 30 April 2010.

Dahl commented at the launch: "Whatever your metier is, you'll think yours is the best. A poet of course will think poetry ought to win, and a novelist or dramatist will think their form is best... but how can you, really, pit a ten-line poem against a 300-word novel? It's not really fair, is it?"

The inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize, which is funded by the University of Wales, was won by Welsh writer Rachel Trezise for her short story collection Fresh Apples.

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