I am delighted to have won joint Third Prize in the Almost Dancing Poetry Competition and Heather Newcombe Award. The Award honours the late Heather Newcombe, a poet who established the Let Me Take You To The Island Writing Festival on Rathlin in 1997.
Heather was a driving force in the Ballycastle Writers’ Group who run the Competition and Award. Entries were judged by poets, Joan and Kate Newmann.
The Group launched its anthology of work by the Group members, ‘An Unfinished Thought’ on 29th October.
An annual feature of MA International Journalism is its broad international cohort. Of the entrants, only one had any previous experience of filming and all but one were working in their second language.
At the at RTS Student Awards, Chinese students Yingshi Zhuang and Zhao Liu were selected for the category for Factual Current Affairs with “The Bedroom Tax” while Giovanni Ortolani (Italy), Ahmad Al-Hendi (Canada) and Hui Fan (Taiwan) were entered for individual projects in the Factual Documentary category with “The Friends of Cathays Cemetery”, “Fifteen Strangers, One Question” and “The Dry Pub” respectively.
And at Ffresh Student Media Awards, May 2014 Three films from the MAIJ were among the 10 finalists: 2 by Ahmee Al Hendi : Morning Cup of Torture & 15 Strangers, One Question and Pedro Rodriguez’s Otaku Kingdom – Retreat from Reality.
The Story of Wales BBC / The Open University
6 x 60-minute documentaries on the history of Wales, presented by Huw Edwards.
BBC 1 Wales BBC 2 Network 2012 / 2013
Audience Appreciation Rating of 92: highest for any BBC programme on any BBC channel Jan ’11 to date, apart from Frozen Planet.
28% audience share
BAFTA Cymru Wales 2013
4 Nominations: Best Factual Series, Editing, Presenter, Original Music
Best Presenter: Huw Edwards
Huw Edwards, accepting the award for Best Presenter, said, “Opportunities to present a series like this come round for a presenter once in a lifetime. I was incredibly fortunate to be asked to do it. The biggest thanks of all is to Green Bay, a company with which I’ve worked for over ten years now, always setting – under Phil George and John Geraint – the highest possible standards. Diolch arbennig iawn i gwmni Green Bay am eu gwaith trwyadl o’r safon uchaf posib.”
Gwyn Alf Williams Award
Phil George and John Roberts receiving the award from Carwyn Jones (Photo: BAFTA Cymru / Huw John)
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, presenting the award, said the series was “an outstanding achievement, delivering Welsh history to a wide audience in an attractive, entertaining and accessible way.” He quoted the specialist BAFTA jury as affirming that, “this series will, in its own right, become a lasting work of reference for future historians.”
Royal Television Society Programme Awards Nomination 2013