Originally from north Wales, she spent several years in Edinburgh and Barcelona before returning to the area to live and write, and speaks fluent Spanish and Catalan as well as Welsh and English. She has developed projects to increase access to creative writing and reading in North Wales and is now lecturer in creative writing at Bangor.
Alys Conran is the author of Pigeon (Parthian Books, 2016), the first novel to be published simultaneously in English and Welsh. Her short fiction has been placed in the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. She is currently, with the support of a scholarship, working on a second novel about the legacy of the Raj in contemporary British life.
She has read her fiction and poetry at many festivals including The Hay Festival and on the radio, including Radio Four, and her work is to be found in numerous magazines including Stand and The Manchester Review and also in anthologies including by The Bristol Review of Books and Parthian. She also publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations.