Fflur Dafydd

Fflur Dafydd © Chris Reynolds.

Last updated: 29 April 2010

Fflur Dafydd is a novelist, critic and singer-songwriter from Carmarthen, West Wales. (Photo © Chris Reynolds.)

Dafydd was born in 1978 and studied English at the University of Aberystwyth, later being awarded an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She also has a PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor, her specialist field being the poetry of RS Thomas, on which she has published academic articles.

She lectures at Swansea University, and has performed at literature festivals worldwide. She was Writer in Residence on Bardsey Island in 2002, in Helsinki in 2006 and was a participant in Iowa University's International Writing Program in 2009.

Her first book, Y Gwir am Gelwydd (The Truth About Lies), written while a student at Aberystwyth, was the prizewinning volume of poetry and short stories which won the literature medal at the Lampeter National Urdd Eisteddfod.

Her first novel, Lliwiau Liw Nos (Colours by Night) was published in 2005 and was followed by a second novel, Atyniad (Attraction) in 2006, set on Bardsey Island, and winner of the 2006 National Eisteddfod of Wales Prose Medal.

Dafydd's first novel in English, Twenty Thousand Saints led to her being awarded the Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer of the Year Award at the Guardian Hay Festival 2009.

She is also a popular singer-songwriter who has released three albums, and was named Female Artist of the Year at the BBC Radio Cymru Roc and Pop Awards 2010.

Her most recent novel is Y Llyfrgell (The Library), inspired by her visits to the National Library of Wales as a PhD student. It won the 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales Daniel Owen Memorial Prize, and the inaugural Max Boyce Prize 2010.

Selected bibliography

  • Y Gwir am Gelwydd (The Truth About Lies) (1999)
  • Lliwiau Liw Nos (Colours by Night) (2005)
  • Atyniad (Attraction) (2006)
  • Twenty Thousand Saints (2008)
  • Y Llyfrgell (The Library) (2009)

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