Fflur Dafydd (Carmarthen, 1978) is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and singer songwriter in Welsh and English. Her first book, Y Gwir am Gelwydd (The Truth About Lies, 1999), written while a student at the Aberystwyth University, was a prize winning volume of poetry and short stories. Her first novel, Lliwiau Liw Nos (Colours by Night) was published in 2005 and was followed by a second novel, Atyniad (Attraction), which won the prestigious National Eisteddfod of Wales Prose Medal in 2006. In 2005 she was selected for the Scritture Giovani project for emerging European writers. Her first novel in English, Twenty Thousand Saints, was published in 2008, and led to her being awarded the Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer of the Year Award. 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.
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 novel Y Llyfrgell won the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize, awarded for narrative fiction, at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2009 and was selected for our Autumn 2009 Bookcase.
Her work as a screenwriter involves creating and writing all 24 episodes of the BAFTA Cymru nominated Welsh language television drama "Parch" (S4C 2015-2018), writing and co-producing the feature film "Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides" (2016), with multi award winning director Euros Lyn and writing on the sci-fi series "Humans" produced by Endemol Shine International. Her latest TV drama – "35 Awr" ("35 Hours") – was broadcast on S4C in January 2019 and another series "35 Diwrnod" ("35 Days") will follow in 2020.
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.