Menna Elfyn

b. 1952

Menna Elfyn was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2015.

 Menna Elfyn is an award winning poet, playwright. She has published fourteen collections of poetry, children’s novels, libretti for UK and US composers, plays for radio and television.  Merch Perygl  ( Danger’s Daughter),was published by Gomer Press in 2011, and her bilingual volume Murmur, Bloodaxe  Books, in  autumn 2012 was selected as  Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. In October 2017, she published a new bilingual collection of poetry  Bondo, Bloodaxe Books and  a literary memoir in  Welsh, Cennad ( Messager)  published by Barddas in March 2018. Her Welsh language biography  Optimist Absolute of the poet Eluned Phillips was published in July 2018 and shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year.

She is Professor of Poetry at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and President of Wales PEN Cymru. She has been a columnist with the national newspaper of Wales since 1994.

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RSL Literature Matters Awards 2019 – open for submissions


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Menna Elfyn, Naw dros heddwch/ Nine for Peace

Menna Elfyn reads her commissioned poem 'Naw dros heddwch/ Nine for Peace’ - commemorating 100 years since the death of Wilfred Owen.

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