Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers (born 20 September 1974) is a Welsh poet, author, playwright and TV presenter.wikipedia
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University of East Anglia

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He was educated at King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, before going on to study at New College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia, where he completed an MA in Creative Writing.
The course has gone on to produce a number of distinguished authors, including Sir Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Anne Enright, Tash Aw, Andrew Miller, Owen Sheers, Tracy Chevalier, Trezza Azzopardi, Panos Karnezis and Suzannah Dunn.

Wales Book of the Year

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A collection of poems about family, first love and farming life, it was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year and the Forward Prize for 'Best First Collection'.

Resistance (Sheers novel)

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Sheers' first novel, Resistance, has been translated into ten languages and was short listed for the Writer's Guild of Great Britain Best Book Award 2008 and won a 2008 Hospital Club Creative Award.
Resistance is an alternative history novel by Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers.

Somerset Maugham Award

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Sheers' 2nd collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill (Seren, 2005) won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award.

Resistance (2011 film)

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The film of the novel, which Sheers co-wrote, was released in autumn 2011 and starred Andrea Riseborough.
It is based on the novel of the same name by Owen Sheers.

Eric Gregory Award

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In 1999, Sheers received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Abergavenny

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Owen Sheers was born in Suva, Fiji in 1974, and brought up in Abergavenny, south Wales.

King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny

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He was educated at King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, before going on to study at New College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia, where he completed an MA in Creative Writing.

Andrea Riseborough

The film of the novel, which Sheers co-wrote, was released in autumn 2011 and starred Andrea Riseborough.
She stars alongside Michael Sheen and Iwan Rheon in Resistance, an adaptation of an Owen Sheers novel.

Next Generation poets (2004)

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In 2004 Sheers was Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust and was selected as one of the Poetry Book Society’s 20 Next Generation Poets.

Arthur Shearly Cripps

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A non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe following the travels of Sheers' great-great-uncle, Arthur Shearly Cripps, it won the Wales Book of the Year in 2005, and was also shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.
His great-great-nephew is the Welsh poet, Owen Sheers, who has written about him in the award-winning Dust Diaries (2004).

Seren Books

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His first collection of poetry, The Blue Book, was published by Seren in 2000.
Seren's list includes the well-known poets Sheenagh Pugh and Pascale Petit, as well as younger, award-winning Welsh poets Owen Sheers and Kathryn Gray.

Keith Douglas

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Unicorns, almost his one man play based on the life and poetry of the WWII poet Keith Douglas was developed by Old Vic, New Voices, and performed by Joseph Fiennes.
A one-man play about Douglas and his work, entitled Unicorns, almost, written by Owen Sheers, premiered at the Hay Festival in May 2018.

Auxiliary Units

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Whilst working as a tiler in the South Wales valleys one summer, Sheers had heard about the Auxiliary Units-secret civilian networks that, in the event of an invasion, would have formed a British resistance, but the novel focuses not on fighting "but on the uneasy means of survival open to the women who are left behind".
British partisans feature in two UK films that imagine what would have happened if Germany had successfully invaded Britain: the 1966 film It Happened Here (which simply refers to 'partisans') and the 2011 film Resistance based on Owen Sheers' first novel, Resistance.

Bush Theatre

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"In Sheers's Neath-flavoured take on the Bible, The Last Supper became pork pies and beer at the Social Club (with music from the Manic Street Preachers), while the Garden of Gethsemane was a scrubby patch of grass on a council estate. " He participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books where he wrote a short play The Fair & Tender based upon the Book of Ezekiel in the King James Bible

Sixty-Six Books

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"In Sheers's Neath-flavoured take on the Bible, The Last Supper became pork pies and beer at the Social Club (with music from the Manic Street Preachers), while the Garden of Gethsemane was a scrubby patch of grass on a council estate. " He participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books where he wrote a short play The Fair & Tender based upon the Book of Ezekiel in the King James Bible

Black Mountains, Wales

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Sheers insisted that the film be shot in and around the Black Mountains.

The Green Hollow

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In October 2016, his "film-poem", The Green Hollow, was broadcast by the BBC to commemorate fifty years since the Aberfan disaster of 1966.
Owen Sheers wrote the script of the screenplay using the words of survivors of the disaster whom he interviewed over a period.

Wilfred Owen

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Sheers has played Wilfred Owen on stage and has presented arts programmes for BBC Wales.
Owen Sheers was awarded the prize in September 2018.

Suva

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Owen Sheers was born in Suva, Fiji in 1974, and brought up in Abergavenny, south Wales.

New College, Oxford

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He was educated at King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, before going on to study at New College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia, where he completed an MA in Creative Writing.

Society of Authors

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In 1999, Sheers received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

The Big Breakfast

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Following this first publication, Sheers worked on the light entertainment television show The Big Breakfast as a researcher.

Faber and Faber

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His debut prose work, The Dust Diaries, was published by Faber in 2004.

Zimbabwe

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A non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe following the travels of Sheers' great-great-uncle, Arthur Shearly Cripps, it won the Wales Book of the Year in 2005, and was also shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.