Fflur Dafydd (Carmarthen, 1978) is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and singer songwriter in Welsh and English. She also holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD on the poetry of R.S. Thomas from Bangor University.
Her second novel Atyniad won the Prose Medal at the 2006 National Eisteddfod and her third novel Y Llyfrgell won the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize in 2009. Her short story collection Awr y Locustiaid was adapted into a BBC Radio Cymru serial in 2016. Her novel Twenty Thousand Saints won the Emerging Writer award at the Hay Festival in 2009, and she became an International Fellow of the Hay Festival in 2013. She has also participated in Iowa University’s world renowned International Writing Program, and is a graduate of UEA’s creative writing course.
In 2005 she was selected for the Scritture Giovani project for emerging European writers and performed in literature festivals in Mantova, Berlin and Molde.
She is the creator and writer of all 24 episodes of PARCH, the popular returning BAFTA Cymru nominated series for S4C, and the author of 14 episodes of BAFTA Cymru nominated thrillers 35 awr and 35 Diwrnod, for which she also received a best writer nomination in 2019. To date she has contributed over 40 hours of primetime drama to S4C and the BBC iPlayer, as well as writing on other shows, such as the Chinese remake of the sci-fi sensation Humans.
She is the writer and co-producer of the feature film Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides, based on her own book, which was released in 2016, and won the Best Performance Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as a BAFTA Cymru for best director. She is also the co-director of Ffilm Ffolyn, a film production company she founded with multi award winning director Euros Lyn. In 2016 she was longlisted for a BIFA for debut screenwriter and in 2017 received a BAFTA Cymru nomination for best screenwriter. Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides has been screened at festivals worldwide and is represented internationally by Media Luna Films.
Her TV series ‘Yr Amgueddfa’ (The Museum), a 6 part thriller, appeared on S4C in 2021, and has been sold to Britbox in USA and Canada.
In 2009, she was a participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and participated in a Sealines residency in Helsinki in 2007.
Fflur Dafydd was one of five authors included in the literary magazine Words Without Borders' Welsh-language issue. You can read a chapter of The Library Suicides, a translation of Y Llyfrgell, translated into English by the author herself, here.
Her latest book, Lloerganiadau, is selected to our 2021 Bookcase.