Alys Conran's second novel Dignity was recently published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson to critical acclaim. Her first novel Pigeon (Parthian Books) won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It also won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, The Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award. She has been named Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellow for 2019-20. She also publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations. She lectures in Creative Writing at The University of Bangor.
Originally from north Wales, she spent several years in Edinburgh and Barcelona before returning to the area to live and write, and speaks Spanish and Catalan as well as Welsh and English. She has also worked as a youth worker, teacher, and in community arts.