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Literature Wales Bursaries Panel

Sioned Williams – Chair of the Panel  was brought up in the valleys of Gwent, but has since made her home in Alltwen in the Swansea Valley. A former journalist and producer with BBC Wales, she is now Communications and Development Manager at Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University. She co-manages Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, the Welsh Centre for the Swansea and Neath Valleys. As a commentator and arts critic she broadcasts on Welsh language radio and television programmes and contributes reviews for the Welsh language magazines Barn and Taliesin. She has previously adjudicated the Daniel Owen Memorial Award and has judged the competition for the Crown at the Urdd National Eisteddfod.

Professor Matthew Jarvis (from July 2019)
Matthew Jarvis has lived in Aberystwyth for most of his adult life. He is Professor and Anthony Dyson Fellow in Poetry at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Professorial Fellow in Literature and Place at Aberystwyth University. As a literary critic, he has published widely on the history of Welsh poetry in English since the 1960s and on literary representations of Welsh space and place. He is Chair of the Poetry Wales Committee and co-Chair of the Association for Welsh Writing in English; he is an editor of the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English; and he is a former winner of the M. Wynn Thomas Prize for the study of Welsh writing in English. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Dr Tomos Owen (from July 2019)
Tomos Owen is a lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. He has teaching and research interests in modern and contemporary literature with a particular focus on the literatures of Wales. While a lecturer at Bangor University he was co-founder of the MA in the Literatures of Wales. He is the editor of two volumes of new writing for Parthian, Nu (2009) and Nu2: Memorable Firsts (2011). Among his publications are essays on Amy Dillwyn, Caradoc Evans, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Davies and Rhys Davies. He is currently completing a book on Welsh writing in London at the turn of the twentieth century.

Catherine Phelps is a literary critic and editor. She is an early stage researcher and has taught English Literature at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. Her main academic interests are Welsh writing in English and Crime Fiction. Her research interests also include Post-colonial literature and theory; Twentieth– and Twenty-first–literature in English; Gothic literature; and Women’s writing and feminist theory. Catherine’s publications include a variety of academic essays and reviews.

Elinor Wyn Reynolds (from July 2019)
Elinor Wyn Reynolds hails from Carmarthen. She is a poet, author, playwright and editor. She frequently performs her work, and over the years has taken part in several Welsh-language touring poetry shows: Dal Clêr, Taith Glyndŵr and Lliwiau Rhyddid. She was also one of the group of poets who took part in the Siwpyr Stomp (Super Poetry Stomp) in the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff in 2018. She also runs poetry workshops for children and adults. Elinor is an experienced editor of Welsh-language books for children and adults, undertaking work for several publishers.

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