Richard Gwyn grew up in Crickhowell, Powys. He studied anthropology at the London School of Economics and worked in a variety of jobs in London before taking off for a decade of aimless travel around the Mediterranean.
A poet, writer and translator, he has published five volumes of poetry, and has edited an anthology of new Welsh poetry. Having lived in Catalunya, Greece and France for long periods, he now lives in Cardiff and is Professor of Creative Writing at Cardiff University. The Colour of a Dog Running Away (Parthian) is his first novel published In 2005. It was a Book of the Year for both TheIndependent and Waterstones. In 2007 it received the Welsh Books Council Publishers Award for fiction and has been translated into many languages. His second novel, Deep Hanging Out (2007) is published by Snowbooks. His most recent publication is a memoir and meditation on illness, travel and writing: The Vagabond's Breakfast (Alcemi, 2011), winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 non-fiction category.
In 2012, he founded Fiction Fiesta, a festival for literature in translation connecting Wales and Latin America. He reviews Spanish and Latin American fiction for The Independent. His most recent works of translation include A Complicated Mammal: Selected Poems of Joaquín O. Giannuzzi (2012) and The Spaces Between: Poems by Jorge Fondebrider (2013).
Read the blog of Richard Gwyn's alter-ego, Ricardo Blanco here.