Mererid Hopwood

- Wales, United Kingdom, -

is the only woman to have won the three main prizes for poetry and prose in the Eisteddfod - Wales’ national cultural festival. She has been Children Laureate for Wales and was awarded the Glyndwr prize for her contribution to literature. Her collection Nes Draw won the poetry section of the Welsh language Book of the Year Awards, 2016. She writes mainly in Welsh and has degrees in Spanish and German language and literature. Mererid has taught throughout her career and is now at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. She has collaborated with visual artists, composers and dancers and has taken part in literature events from South America and India to Europe, including the Hay Festival and much closer home. Mererid is Chair of Cymdeithas y Cymod, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales. She lives with her family in West Wales.