(Verenigd Koninkrijk, 1951)
BiografieMenna Elfyn is an award-winning poet and playwright from Wales who writes in Welsh but whose work has been translated into over twenty languages. She has published fourteen collections of poetry, children’s novels, libretti for UK and US composers as well as plays for television and radio.
She has been a features columnist with the national newspaper of Wales, the Western Mail since 1995. During the seventies and eighties, she campaigned as a member of Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh Language society) and was imprisoned twice for non-violent offences in acts of civil disobedience. As a peace campaigner she was arrested at the US army base in Brawdy in the eighties, and is a member of the Peace and Reconciliation movement, ‘Cymod’.
She has written a number of libretti and her most recent work, the opera Gair ar Gnawd (Word on Flesh) with composer Pwyll ap Siôn was commissioned by the Welsh National Opera and subsequently televised in 2014. In 1999, she was a librettist of ‘
Garden of Light, a choral symphony for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in the Lincoln Centre, New York. An advocate of children’s rights, she wrote a book for Save The Children Fund & Welsh Women’s Aid, Hands Off (English) and Dim Llais i Drais (Welsh). She has also written a novel about the street children of Mexico based on her time in Puebla, as well as a novel whose main character was a female child soldier. She was made Poet Laureate for the Children for Wales in 2002.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, The Royal Literary Fund, Aberystwyth University Fellow, Honorary Fellow at Trinity Saint David where she is also Emerita Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing. She is President of Wales PEN Cymru and continues to campaign for the free expression of writers worldwide.
© Robert MinhinnickPoems
Litany on Beginning a Burial
In English, Welsh
Poet’s own site.
In English, Welsh, Spanish, Italian
Online texts and biography.
[first published in 2005, updated November 11, 2020]
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