Blog posts by year and month August 2010

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  1. BBC 6 Music presenter and former Catatonia star Cerys Matthews will be on the judging panel for a new award category in the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize. The Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers award has been created specifically to support unpublished British novel writers under the age of 30 using electronic book formats for the entire process, from submission of the entries through to the judging stage and then publication. The winner will receive a cash prize of £5,000 and their book will be published in eBook format and made available for download from the Sony UK website. Matthews, who is currently working on her own novel, will join literary experts on the panel including journalist Allison Pearson, screenwriter Andrew Davies and founder of the Dylan Thomas Prize, Peter Stead. The panel will shortlist three finalists, and the winner will be announced at the Dylan Thomas Prize Awards ceremony on 1 December. Upon accepting the judge's role, Matthews said: "As a writer myself, I appreciate the work that goes into trying to get a book published. The Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers provides a great stepping stone in helping up and coming writers to achieve that end goal. I am really looking forward to judging the category." Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  2. It's Perseids meteor shower time again folks and experts are predicting that this year could be quite spectacular - possibly the best since 2007. The meteor shower is caused by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle and is so named because the meteors appear to fly out of the constellation - Perse...

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  3. I've had a couple of weeks off from my regular spot on Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show, talking about moments from Welsh music history. She's been busy filling her show with quality features - a session and chat with The Blackout and - this Saturday from 6pm - an in-depth, fascinating chat wi...

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  4. We're all familiar with the plight of many of our native and migratory birds but the most recent RSPB 'red list' certainly makes for an interesting read. The last one was published in 2002 and a total of 246 species have been reviewed since then. Nearly a quarter of some of our most familiar bi...

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  5. Following their first successful exhibition at the 2010 National Eisteddfod, the Cardiff Print Workshop have turned an empty retail unit in one of Cardiff's famed shopping arcades into an exhibition space. Untitled, etching by Georgina Brownlow Cardiff Print Workshop, a not-for-profit orga...

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  6. An embroidered heart, a nurse's autograph book and a customised cigarette lighter are just a few objects that have been added to an innovative online digital heritage project. Customised cigarette lighter Welsh Voices of the Great War Online aims to gather, catalogue and make public ...

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  7. In the olden days of the Music Industry (RIP) it was hard to miss anything of momentousness. Record labels - even the littlest indie labels - would employ pluggers to cajole and remind the likes of me about upcoming releases and events. As the traditional industry has crumbled into ruin, most...

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  8. Three church bells are to be returned to Chile after spending more than 150 years in a south Wales church. The bells had been sold for scrap following a fire at the church of La Compania de Jesus in the Chilean capital of Santiago in 1863. The blaze, which happened during the Catholic feas...

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  9. The National Trust is offering two volunteer 'taster days' this summer at Carneddau and Glyderau. Due to the nature of the work, numbers have been limited to twenty people per session. The first event will be held on Thursday, 12 August at Dyffryn Mymbyr near Capel Curig between 9.30am - 4pm...

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  10. I'm just back from yet another ramble around the countryside at The Big Chill festival. It was my first visit to the event, and the offer of work, plus the undeniable lure of an airstream caravan for the weekend (next door to Lilly Allen) definitely helped. Here's my caravan: I was hosting...

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