Gwen Davies grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire, England. Her translations are the novels Martha, Jack and Shanco (Caryl Lewis, Parthian, 2007) and The Jeweller (Caryl Lewis, forthcoming). She is the co-translator, with the author, of Robin Llywelyn's White Star (Parthian, 2003). She is the editor of Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark and Chilling Tales (Seren, 2010), an anthology of spooky contemporary stories based on myth, folk and fairytale by the authors of Wales. She lives in Aberystwyth with her husband and teenage son and daughter.Gwen became editor of New Welsh Review in 2011.
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Bronwen Williams, Finance and Administrative Officer
Bronwen Williams is currently a PhD research student working as part of the Leverhulme funded ‘Devolved Voices’ Project Team at Aberystwyth University. Her research is looking at the rise of Welsh-associated women’s poetry written in English since the devolution vote in 1997.
Having grown up in Cwmbran and Abergavenny she has lived and worked in London, Brighton, Belfast and Manchester. She received a BA (Hons) in Language and Literature from Queens University, Belfast and subsequently gained an MA from the University of Manchester (Late Victorian and Early Modern Literature: Ivor Gurney) as well as a further MA from the Metropolitan University of Leeds (Screenwriting for Film and Television).
Since then she has worked in the community education and arts sectors, and more recently in the funded literature sector, as Literature Officer in the North West of England and as Literature Adviser to the Arts Council in Ireland, alongside literature advisory panel freelance work for the then Scottish Arts Council. Before moving back to Wales to begin her PhD research she worked as freelance coordinator for the Northern Ireland Theatre Association, as well as for Publishing Northern Ireland and was the volunteer Chair for the Literature Forum in Northern Ireland.
Megan Farr, Marketing & Publicity Officer
Passionate about promoting literature, Megan Farr has many years' experience in a variety of PR, marketing and communications roles in publishing and for literature charities, successfully promoting writers and illustrators to different audiences. Megan's other clients include Literature Wales and Firefly children's press, and she has previously worked for Booktrust and YA and children’s publishers Hot Key Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Little Tiger Press and Barefoot Books. She lives in Penarth with her young family.
The Management Board
Andrew Green, Chair
Andrew Green read Classics at Cambridge before coming to Wales to train as an academic librarian in 1973. He worked in university libraries in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Sheffield and Swansea and in 1998 Andrew was appointed as the ninth Librarian of the National Library of Wales, a post from which he retired in March 2013.
Andrew has also served on many information and educational bodies, including the Council of Aberystwyth University, the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council and the Legal Deposit Libraries Committee. A fluent Welsh speaker, he has published widely in both English and Welsh. In September 2014 Parthian Books will publish his book In the chair: how to guide groups and manage meetings. In 2004 Andrew chaired the first strategic body concerned with the promotion of Welsh medium teaching in higher education institutions.
In 2013 Andrew was elected a Fellow of Cymdeithas Ddysgedig Cymru / The Learned Society of Wales. He is also a member of the panel of ‘Speakers for Schools’, a charity established by Robert Peston to encourage students in state schools to develop high aspirations.
Gwen Davies, Editor
See biography above.
Richard Marggraf Turley
Richard Marggraf Turley is Professor of Engagement with the Public Imagination at Aberystwyth University. In 2007, he won the Keats-Shelley Prize for poetry, and in 2010, the Wales Book of the Year “People’s Choice” (Media Wales) award. He was a member of the English panel of judges for the 2013 Wales Book of the Year. Richard is author of several studies of Romanticism and political culture. His novel, The Cunning House – a crime thriller set in the Romantic period – will be published in early 2015, along with a co-authored book on food security, Food and the Literary Imagination.
Ali Anwar is founder of CADCentre, a company that specialises in training for young people and learning software.
Tracey Warr writes fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, Almodis: The Peaceweaver (Impress, 2011), set in 11th century France and Spain, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative and received a Santander Research Award. Her second historical novel, The Viking Hostage (Impress, 2014), is set in 10th century France and Wales. She is working on a new future fiction novel set in 2200, drawing on the estuaries land and seascapes of Carmarthen Bay. Her writing on contemporary artists has been published by Phaidon, Merrell, Black Dog, Palgrave and Manchester University Press. She reviews for Times Higher Education and is a member of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways Advisory Group. She was Senior Lecturer in contemporary art and theory at Oxford Brookes University and Dartington College of Arts, and Fine Art Guest Professor at Bauhaus University, Weimar.
Laura Farrow, Treasurer
Amy McCauley, Poetry Editor (Submissions)
Amy grew up in Warwickshire and North Yorkshire. After leaving school she worked various jobs – bar tender, life model, cleaner, waitress. Then she went completely off the rails and took a degree in English Literature at Hull. She has since completed the MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is now in the final stages of a PhD.Amy’s poetry has appeared widely in UK magazines and anthologies, including New Welsh Review, The North, The Poetry of Sex, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, The Stinging Fly and Tears in the Fence. In 2014 her pamphlet Slops was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet Prize and her full-length play My Baby Girl premiered in Manchester. Amy is currently writing a collection of poems called Auto-Oedipa which re-imagines the Oedipus myth. She lives in Aberystwyth.
Richard Gwyn is director of the Creative Writing programme at Cardiff University. Poet, academic, critic, novelist and nonfiction author, his memoir The Vagabond's Breakfast (Alcemi) is a nominee for the Wales Book of the Year award, 2012.
Claire Flay-Petty’s monograph Dorothy Edwards was published by the University of Wales Press in 2009, followed shortly by an edited edition of Edwards’ 1928 novel Winter Sonata in Honno’s classics series. She has worked mainly in the higher education sector since receiving a PhD from the University of Glamorgan in 2009, apart from a spell as Publishing Grants Officer for the Welsh Books Council in Aberystwyth. Claire currently works in learning and teaching enhancement at Cardiff Metropolitan University and teaches Welsh Writing in English at the University of South Wales. A Welsh language learner, she lives in Bridgend with her husband and two young daughters.
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