Mererid Hopwood

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Mererid Hopwood (born 1964) is a Welsh poet who became in 2001 the first woman ever to win the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.[1]

Originally from Cardiff, Hopwood graduated with first-class honours in Spanish and German from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She was a lecturer in German at the University of Wales, Swansea, and since 2001 has also been a Creative Writing tutor in the Welsh Department. She has been a Spanish teacher in Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin Carmarthen until January 2010, and is currently a lecturer at Trinity University of Carmarthen. Also in 2003 she won the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod, and in 2008 she was awarded the Eisteddfod's Prose Medal for her book O Ran. She is also an S4C presenter. In 2012 she was awarded the Glyndwr Award by MOMA, Machynlleth. She now lives in Carmarthen, with her husband and three children, Hanna, Miriam and Llewelyn.

In August 2009, Hopwood was put forward for the position of Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod, following the death of Dic Jones.[2] It was the first time a woman had been nominated. In November she decided to withdraw from the contest, leaving T. James Jones to fill the vacancy.


  • Sarah Kirsch (1997)
  • Singing in Chains: Listening to Welsh Verse (2004)
  • Seren Lowri (2005)
  • Plentyn (2005)
  • Ar Bwys (2007)
  • O Ran
  • Cantata Memoria (libretto) to music by Karl Jenkins (2016)


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