Menna Elfyn

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Menna Elfyn
Born 1952
Nationality Welsh
Genre poetry

Menna Elfyn FRSL (born 1952) is a Welsh poet, playwright, columnist, and editor.


Elfyn has published ten volumes of poetry and a dozen more of children’s books and anthologies. She has also written eight plays for the stage, six radio plays for the BBC, and two plays and several documentaries for television. She co-edited The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry. She has won numerous prizes for her work, including a Creative Arts prize to write a book on sleep.

When Elfyn issued her bilingual selected poems Eucalyptus, (Gwasg Gomer, 1995), Tony Conran described her as "the first Welsh poet in 1500 years to have her work known outside Wales." He gave similar praise to her second bilingual volume, Cell Angel (1996).[1]

Her work has been translated into eighteen languages including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Lithuanian. She is Writing Director of Masters Programme in Creative Writing at Trinity University College, Carmarthen and a Literary Fellow at Swansea University.[2][3]

Menna lives in Llandysul. Her daughter, Fflur Dafydd, is a writer and musician.

Published works[edit]

Other works[edit]


  • Major Prize for Volume of Poetry (Stafelloedd Aros), Wrexham National Eisteddfod. (1977)
  • Member of the Gorsedd for contribution to Welsh Literature. (1995)
  • Poet Laureate for the Children of Wales (2002)
  • Creative Wales Award (2008)
  • Anima Istranza Foreign Prize for Poetry (2009)
  • Arts Council Prize for 'Aderyn Bach mewn Llaw'
  • Longlisted for book of the year, ' Cusan Dyn Dall/ Blind Man's Kiss

She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2015.[4]


  1. ^ Poetry International Rotterdam Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ British Council Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ University of Wales, Trinity St David Retrieved 23 April 2017.
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