Penderyn Prize Short List Books 2020

Penderyn Prize Short List Announced

The Penderyn Music Book Prize is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography. It was launched in 2015, and is now in its 6th year. The shortlist for this year’s Pendeyrn Music Book Prize has been announced by organiser Richard Thomas, at the Boogaloo pub in Highgate, London. The winner will be announced at …

Penderyn Prize Long List Montage 2020

The 6th Penderyn Prize – 2020 Judges & Long List Announced

The Penderyn Music Book Prize, now celebrating its 6th year, is the first UK-based prize specifically for music titles, including history, theory, biography, and autobiography, with the NME calling it, ‘The Mercury Prize For Books.’ Organiser Richard Thomas: ‘It’s long been an oddity that while there are prizes for the best sports book of the year, the best travel book, …

Shirley Collins wins Penderyn Music Book Prize 2019

Shirley Collins Wins 5th Penderyn Music Book Prize

This year’s prize was won by folk legend, Shirley Collins, who collected the award at the Laugharne Weekend on Sunday 7th April from our media manager, Jon Tregenna. The prize was a bottle of Penderyn Single Cask Whisky and a cheque for £1000. This is the 5th year of the prize and it was a close run thing as the …

Penderyn Music Book Prize Shortlist 2018

Penderyn Music Book Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for 2018’s Penderyn Music Book Prize was announced by organiser Richard Thomas (see pic below) at the Boogaloo pub in Highgate, London on Tuesday 6th March. The shortlist is: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg (Faber), First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger (Faber) and Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni …

Penderyn Music Book Prize Shortlist 2017

The Penderyn Music Book Prize (‘The Mercury Prize of Books’ – The NME) is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography. The 2017 shortlist was announced at the Boogaloo pub in Highgate, and you can see a video of the announcement by prize organiser, Richard Thomas, here. In attendance were authors Brix Smith …

Penderyn Prize 2017 Long List Announced

Long-awaited memoirs from musicians Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Marr and Robbie Robertson have all made the longlist for the 2017 Penderyn Music Book Prize. Now in its 3rd year, the prize is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles (history, theory, biography, autobiography). It was recently described as ‘The Mercury Prize of books’ by the NME. The shortlist will …

Penderyn Music Book Prize 2016 Winner Announced

This year’s winning author is Jon Savage for his book ‘1966: The Year The Decade Exploded’ (Faber). This is the 2nd year for the prize and we are delighted that it has received extended coverage in both the Guardian and the NME. The winner received a cheque for £1000 and a bottle of Penderyn Single Cask single malt whisky at …

2nd Penderyn Music Book Prize Long-list Announced

The 2nd Penderyn Music Book Prize is nearly upon us. Memoirs from musicians Patti Smith, Elvis Costello and Grace Jones have been long-listed, while biographies of John Peel, Sandy Denny and Tubby Hayes have also made the list. The judging panel is made up of DJ and critic, Stuart Maconie; broadcaster, Annie Nightingale; journalist, Mark Ellen; musicians Green Gartside and …


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