Mihangel Morgan

Morgan, Mihangel

Mihangel Morgan was born in Aberdare in south Wales in 1955. Whilst living in Ceredigion in west Wales he lectured in twentieth-century Welsh literature and creative writing at the Welsh Department of Aberystwyth University. 

His first novel Dirgel Ddyn (Mysterious Man, Gomer, 1993) won him the National Eisteddfod Prose Medal and marked the beginning of a career as one of Wales' foremost contemporary authors.

He is one of Wales's most prolific, original and popular authors. He has published novels, short stories and poetry. Morgan throws stones at the glass-house of the Welsh establishment. Many of his characters are monochrome (grey or brown), some asexual. His writing is post-modern, both in the Welsh and in the Anglo-American context. His fragmentary world is populated by figures who are more anti- than hero.

Recent work includes Croniclau Pentre Simon (The Chronicles of Simonville, Y Lolfa, 2003), ostensibly set in a small Welsh village in the Victorian era. His second novel, Melog (Gomer, 1997) was translated by Christopher Meredith and published in English in 2005 (Seren).

His poetry collection, Digon o fwydod, was published by Barddas in 2005 and another novel, Cestyll yn y Cymylau (Castles in the Clouds), in 2007. His novel Pantglas (2011, Y Lolfa) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year.

Since then, he has published Kate Roberts a'r Ystlum a dirgelion eraill (Kate Roberts and the bat, and other mysteries, Y Lolfa, 2012), a volume of essays, Pygianau (Y Lolfa, 2013), and a collection of short stories, 60 (Y Lolfa, 2017). 60 was chosen for the 2017 Exchange Bookcase.

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