Siân Melangell Dafydd

Dafydd, Siân Melangell

Siân Melangell Dafydd is an author, poet and translator. Her first published novel, Y Trydydd Peth (The Third Thing; Gomer, 2009) won her the coveted National Eisteddfod Literature Medal in 2009 and she was the last co-editor of the iconic literary magazine, Taliesin.

Her latest novel Filò (Gwasg Gomer), was published in 2019, and has been selected on our 2020–21 Bookcase.

She writes in both Welsh and English and often collaborates with authors and poets internationally to translate literature between minority languages. She works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the American University of Paris, France and at Bangor University, Wales. 

With a background in art history, she has worked in galleries in London and abroad She won a Translators' House Wales/HALMA international scholarship to spend two residencies abroad in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded a British Centre for Literary Translation mentorship. She was one of the participating poets in the project, Poetry Connections India-Wales, organized by Literature Across Frontiers and partners to mark the 70th anniversary of independent India.

Watch Siân discuss and read from her novel, Filò, here.