Menna Elfyn.
Biography


An award winning bilingual/Welsh poet whose thirteen poetry collections in Welsh and English are studied in all schools and universities in Wales and further afield. Her latest collection Murmur  (2012,)was  a Poetry Book Society Recommended  translation,  and the first book in Welsh/ English  to be chosen. Her work has been translated into 20 languages including Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Catalan etc, and she is the best known, most travelled of Welsh poets, reading at International Poetry Festivals worldwide.  Winner of many prizes and awards such as Welsh Book of the Year, 1990 and Anima Instranza International prize in Sardinia, she was made Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate in 2002.

Her latest collection Bondo, (2017) a bilingual collection by Bloodaxe Books has recently been translated into Italian and  Cennad, a Welsh language literary memoir was published by Barddas in 2018.  Absoliwt Optimist, her biography of the poet Eluned Phillips appeared in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year and the English translation was launched at a festival in  Washington DC in August  2018, both books were published by Honno Press.

The first woman Professor of Poetry in Wales at Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, she performs her work mostly in English to audiences outside Wales and has  adopted a style of presenting her work in public by interweaving extracts of the musicality of Welsh into English translations, and in so doing reflecting the cultural diversity of the UK. She is President of Wales PEN Cymru.


Awards.



1977: Gwobr Cyngor y Celfyddydau
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Wrecsam am ‘gyfrol o gerddi’: Stafelloedd Aros

1990: Gwobr Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru
Llyfr y flwyddyn – Aderyn Bach mewn Llaw

1999: Ysgoloriaeth Cyngor y Celfyddydau i ysgrifennu nofel am blant y stryd yn Mecsico

2000 – 2010 : dwy ysgoloriaeth Ysgrifennu Cyngor y Celfyddydau

2001: Rhest fer Llyfr y Flwyddyn: Cusan Dyn Dall / Blind Man’s Kiss

2002 – 2003: Bardd Plant Cymru

2009: Gwobr Anima Istranza – Gwobr Ryngwladol – cyfraniad i lenyddiaeth Gymraeg


2007 – 2008: Ysgoloriaeth Cymru Greadigol – Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

2017: Rhestr Fer Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru: Optimist Absoliwt

Cennad Launch

Poems from Bondo