Siân James (novelist)

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Siân James (born 1932) is a Welsh novelist who writes in English.

Birth and academic posts[edit]

James was born near Llandysul in Carmarthenshire, and attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Glamorgan.

Writing career[edit]

She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. She has twice won the Yorkshire Post Prize, and her third novel, A Small Country, has come to be regarded as a classic of Anglo-Welsh literature.[1][2] In 2006, A Small Country was made into a Welsh-language TV series (Calon Gaeth), which won the 2007 Bafta Cymru award for Best Drama/Drama Serial for Television.[3]


In 1958 she married the actor, Emrys James.[4] He died in 1989.


  • One Afternoon (1975)
  • Yesterday (1978)
  • A Small Country (1979)
  • Another Beginning (1979)
  • Dragons and Roses (1983)
  • A Dangerous Time (1984)
  • Love and War (1994)
  • Storm at Arberth (1994)
  • Not Singing Exactly (collected short stories, 1996)
  • Two Loves (1997)
  • The Sky Over Wales (memoir, 1997)
  • Summer Storm (1998)
  • Second Chance (2000)
  • Outside Paradise (short stories, 2001)
  • Summer Shadows (2004)
  • Return to Hendre Ddu (2009)


  1. ^ Meic Stephens, A Book of Wales: an Anthology (JM Dent, 1987)
  2. ^ Tony Curtis, Wales at War: Critical Essays on Literature and Art (Seren, 2007)
  3. ^ Bafta Cymru
  4. ^ Parthian Books

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