About The Judges

Mark Watson
Mark is a familiar face on shows such as Mock of the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats. He’s also a sports pundit, husband and author of novels The Knot, Eleven and Bullet Points.

Joe Dunthorne
Like Dylan, Joe was also born and brought up in Swansea. He is the author of the acclaimed coming-of-age novels Submarine and Wild Abandon. He is also a poet and co-organises a monthly night of literary  miscellany, Homework, in East London. Submarine won the Curtis Brown prize, was long-listed for the  2008 Dylan Thomas prize and was adapted into an award-winning film.

Elen Caldecott Elen is the award-winning author of numerous children’s books including Operation Eiffel Tour and The  Great Ice Cream Heist. Her favourite kinds of stories are one where ordinary people do extraordinary  things. Before becoming a writer, Elen was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum  security guard. 

 Hannah Ellis
Dylan Thomas’ granddaughter, Hannah is a primary teacher and President of the Dylan Thomas  society. She is also a patron of Dylan Thomas 100. She hopes that Developing Dylan project will create  opportunities for the richness of the Welsh culture and talent to be recognised and celebrated around  the world.

Welsh entries will be judged by Anni Llŷn, Bethan Gwanas and Mereid Hopwood. Click here for more information.