Menna Elfyn is an award-winning poet and playwright. She is the best known and most translated of all modern Welsh-language poets. Author of over twenty books of poetry, children’s novels and educational books, numerous stage, radio and television plays, she has also written libretti for US and UK composers. In 1999, she co-wrote ‘Garden of Light’, a choral symphony for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra which was performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. She received a Creative Arts Award in 2008 to write a book on ‘Sleep’. Menna is Director of the Masters Programme in Creative Writing at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and is Literary Fellow at Swansea University. In April 2010, Sunflowers in your Eyes, an anthology of four Zimbabwean women poets edited by Elfyn, will appear from Cinnamon Press. Recently, she was awarded the International Anima Istranza Foreign Prize for Poetry in Sardinia.
Menna is a Fellow of the Welsh Academi. A new bilingual publication, Murmur (Bloodaxe), is to be published in September 2012.
Late Note: Unfortunately, because of a clash of events, Menna will NOT be able to join us this year. We hope she will be able to join us in 2013.