The Writers of Wales Database



Dahlian KirbyOriginally from the North-East of England, Dahlian Kirby moved to Wales when she was eighteen to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan. Dahlian has worked as a teacher, shop assistant, waitress, nanny and residential social worker, and has a PhD in philosophy.

She writes plays, stories and magazine articles for both adult and children readerships. Dahlian has contributed to numerous anthologies and journals including Planet in 2007, and had her first solo publication released by Pont in 2007. She also had her story Mad Dog And Englishwoman broadcast on Radio 4 in 2007, and two of her plays (Rebecca and Sal and Funeral Fantasy) performed at the Gate Theatre, London.

Dahlian is currently doing creative writing and drama workshops in schools and libraries. She is a Member of Academi.

With respect to the play Thirty Years in the Bathroom

“…Thirty Years in the Bathroom is a great piece of writing. Dahlian Kirby’s observation of social embarrassment and everyday life brings to mind writers such as Alan Bennet or Victoria Wood…”
Janek Alexander, director of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

With respect to The Urban Turbans (Pont, 2007)

 “…a highly recommended glimpse of a different culture…”
Valerie Bierman, Carousel

Selected Publications:
The Urban Turbans (Pont, 2007)

Contributed to:

Mirror Mirror (contributor) (Honno, 2004)

Soft Touch (contributor) (Hafan, 2005)
Safe World Gone (contributor) (Honno, 2007)
Fragments From the Dark (contributor) (Hafan, 2008)

The Urban Turbans (Pont, 2007) 

The Urban TurbansMegan hates music - at least the kind made by her family: Dad’s a composer and Mum’s a professional violinist, not to mention Megan’s music-mad brothers and sisters!

It takes a move to the big city and a visit to the park before she realises that not all music is the same. The Urban Turbans are a band of Indian drummers and Megan finds herself mysteriously drawn to their special sound.

Family and friends find Megan’s fascination hard to fathom, and not all the Turbans are happy about her increasing closeness to their tight-knit group!

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Eligible Writers on Tour subjects offered:

1. Read and discuss own work
2. Creative writing/ discussion/ drama writing workshops
3. Writing workshops themed on stories of fantasy and reality; belongfing and society; celebrations; animals; other sessions to suit individual groups

AGE RANGE: 6 years to adult