Tom Anderson (Chair)
Tom grew up in Porthcawl, and was led into a writing career through journeys taken as a surfer. He studied at the University of Glamorgan before becoming a private investigator for over three years with London House Services. Tom’s main area of interest is travel, and he has published a series of commercially successful books in that genre, as well as literary fiction and YA fiction. He is also a sports ghostwriter.
Dylan Foster Evans (Deputy Chair)
Dylan Foster Evans’s main research area is late-medieval literature. He is particularly interested in the work of the Poets of the Princes, Dafydd ap Gwilym and the Cywyddwyr up to the period of the Welsh renaissance. His work covers both textual and literary criticism, and he was one of a team of editors which produced a ground-breaking digitial edition of the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym. Literary theory is another field of interest, and he has published on both post-colonial theory and ecocriticism. He also has written on contemporary poetry and was one of the adjudicators for the Crowning Competition in the Newport and District National Eisteddfod of 2004.
Lucy is the international bestselling author of Stolen, Flyaway and The Killing Woods. She grew up in Melbourne, but moved to the UK to earn an MA, as well as PhD, in Creative Writing. Lucy now works as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Stolen won many international awards including the Branford Boase, Gold Inky, Prix Farniente and a Printz Honor Award. Stolen was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the CBCA Award for Older Readers, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Flyaway won an International Reading Association Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize, Waterstones prize, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The Killing Woods has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Lucy has written the screen adaptation of Stolen, and is currently working on her fourth novel for young adults and a picture book for younger readers.
Poet and children’s novelist, Catherine was born in Newport and graduated from the University of Wales in 1980. She has worked in teaching and archaeology, lecturing creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, and is now a full–time writer specialising in myth and history. The Oracle trilogy has become an international bestseller, having appeared in over twenty languages. Corbenic (Definitions, 2002), a modern re-inventing of the Grail legend was shortlisted for the 2003 Tir na n-Og Prize and her futuristic novel Incarceron (Hodder Children’s Books, 2007) won the Mythopoeic Society of America’s Children’s Fiction Award and was selected by The Times as its Children’s Book of the Year.
Novelist and scriptwriter. Originally from Cefneithin in Carmarthenshire, she now lives in Cardiff and works as a writer for the television series, Pobol y Cwm. She published her first novel, Gwe o Gelwyddau, in 2006.
Having lived in Wales since 1994, Matthew Jarvis is currently the Anthony Dyson Fellow in Poetry at the University of Wales, Lampeter. A widely published essayist and reviewer, he specialises in the development of Welsh poetry in English since the 1960s. Matthew is particularly interested in environmental approaches to literature, focusing on the construction of Welsh space and place. He has recently published a number of major works on these subjects with the University of Wales Press, including Welsh Environments in Contemporary Poetry and An Introduction to Welsh Poetry in English, 1965-2005.
Jo Mazelis is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her collection of stories Diving Girls (Parthian, 2002) was short-listed for The Commonwealth Best First Book and Welsh Book of the Year. Her second book, Circle Games (Parthian, 2005) was long-listed for Welsh Book of the Year. She was born in Swansea where she currently lives. Originally trained at Art School, she worked for many years in London in magazine publishing as a freelance photographer, designer and illustrator, before getting an MA in English Literature. In 2014 her novel Significance was published by Seren.
Dafydd John Pritchard
Poet brought up in Nant Peris, Arfon. Educated at Dolbadarn Primary School Llanberis and Brynrefail School Llanrug. Studied at Trinity College Carmarthen and the University of Aberystwyth. He is an Assistant Archivist at the National Screen and Sound Archive for Wales at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is a member of his local Welsh poetry team, Talwrn y Beirdd Y Cwps and the Ceredigion team. He won the Crown in the National Eisteddfod in Bro Dinefwr in 1996.
Gary Raymond is a novelist, short story writer, poet, critic, and lecturer. He is co-founder, Editor, and Director of Wales Arts Review. As well as a regular voice in Wales Arts Review, Gary has written on art, literature, theatre and politics for a wide range of publications, from The Guardian to Politics Home. He is a theatre critic for The Arts Desk, and is a regular commentator on arts and culture for BBC Wales. Gary’s first book, JRR Tolkien: A Visual Biography, was published by Ivy Press in 2013. His debut novel For Those Who Come After was published by Parthian in 2015. In 2014, Gary travelled with and documented National Theatre Wales’ collaboration with National Theatre Tokyo during their residence in Japan. During 2017-18 he is collaborating with several artists and organisations as a writer and editor for the UK/India Year of Culture initiative. Gary has a BA in History and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and for 6 years lectured at the University of South Wales. Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and of the Higher Education Academy.
Eurig won the Chair competition at the 2006 National Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbighshire, and published his first collection of poetry, Llyfr Glas Eurig (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas), in 2008. In 2012, he published Sgrwtsh! (Gwasg Gomer), a collection of poetry for children, and he was Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Laureate) 2011–2013. He was a Hay Festival International Fellow in 2012–13. Eurig was an editor on the Guto’r Glyn Project (2008–2013) at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth, where he still works as a Research Fellow on the Cult of Saints in Wales project. He is Welsh editor for Poetry Wales magazine.
Rachel Trezise was born in the Rhondda Valley. Her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl (2008) won a place on the Orange Futures List in 2001 and her short fiction collection Fresh Apples (2007, both Text Publishing Company) won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Her most recent books are a novel, Sixteen Shades of Crazy (Harper Collins, 2010) and a short fiction collection, Cosmic Latte (Parthian Books, 2013).