Mererid Hopwood

Hopwood, Mererid

Mererid Hopwood was born in Cardiff. After a degree in Spanish and German from Aberystwyth University, she gained a doctorate in German Literature from University College, London before going on to lecture in German at Swansea University. She has since taught languages at schools in Wales and is currently Professor at Univesity of Wales, Trinity St. David. 

Mererid was the first female poet to win the Chair competition at the National Eisteddfod (2001) and two years later, won the Crown competition. A novel O Ran also won her the Prose Medal in 2008. She works tirelessly to try and popularize cynghanedd (an intricate system of alliteration and rhyme particular to Welsh poetry), especially amongst girls and young people. She was the Bardd Plant (Children’s Poet) in 2005. In 2003, her poem “Dadeni” featured in the film Dal Yma: Nawr, that starred the actors and musicians Siân Phillips, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys and Rhys Ifans.

She was selected by the Exchange to participate in the first Writers' Chain translation workshop held in India in 2008 where she collaborated with poets from the UK and India. More recently, she won Translators' House Wales Translation Challenge 2013, with a translation of three poems by Cuban poet, Victor Rodriguez Nunez.

Nes Draw, the first collection of her poetry won the 2016 Wales Book of the Year Welsh Poetry category and was selected to the Wales Literature Exchange 2016 Bookcase.