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Siân Melangell Dafydd

  • Course leader, Master of Research in Transnational Writing
  • Email: s.dafydd@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: CoLA - Writing, Performance and Production
  • Campus: Corsham Court
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Personal statement

Siân is the course-leader for the Master of Research in Transnational Writing – a ground-breaking new course at Bath Spa University for writers interested in border crossings in literature and artistic practice, from literal national borders to genre, language and cultural translation.

She collaborates extensively with writers of other languages (often minority UK based and international languages, and many Indian languages). A major project in this study resulted in the collaborative, trilingual poetry publication Dŵr Arall / Different Water with the Malayalam poet, Anita Thampi (thanks to Literature Across Frontiers, British Council Wales and Wales Arts International).

She is best known as a Welsh language writer, although she writes prose and poetry in Welsh and English, with a particular interest in hybrid genres of literature. She is the author of the award-winning novel, Y Trydydd Peth, (2009 National Eisteddfod Literature Medal winner) and has published short stories and poetry in a variety of publications including The Best British Short Story 2014 and The Best British Poetry 2014.

She often collaborates with artists of other disciplines (such as dancer Sioned Huws’ Aomori Project, and the book Ancestral Houses: the Lost Mansions of Wales/Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru with poet Damian Walford Davies and artist Paul White (Gomer 2012).

Siân is also Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the American University of Paris and is based between France and the UK. She also has roles as Creative Fellow of Aberystwyth University, Wales, and collaborates regularly with the Literature Across Frontiers and Wales Literature Exchange.

She is currently working on a Creative Critical PhD on the translation and merging creative practices of writing and yoga. She also leads workshops on writing and yoga as parallel creative practices all over Europe.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Creative Writing - Bath Spa University (currently in progress)
  • MA, Creative Writing - University of East Anglia
  • MA, Art History - University of St Andrews

Other external roles

Areas of expertise

  • Creative writing: fiction, poetry, hybrid literature
  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Cross-cultural performance
  • Yoga (and disciplines of the body) in writing.

Research and academic outputs

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A different water
book

Dafydd, S.M and Thampi, A (2018) A different water. Poetrywala, Mumbai, India. ISBN 9789382749691


Foxy
book

Dafydd, S.M (2014) Foxy. g39, Cardiff. ISBN 9780956495242


Ancestral houses: the lost mansions of Wales = Tai mawr a mieri: plastai coll Cymru
book

White, P, Davies, D.W and Dafydd, S.M (2012) Ancestral houses: the lost mansions of Wales = Tai mawr a mieri: plastai coll Cymru. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781848513891


Milwr bychan [translation]
book

Ashley, B and Dafydd, S.M (2011) Milwr bychan [translation]. Rily, Hengoed. ISBN 9781904357278


Tŷ dial [translation]
book

Ashley, B and Dafydd, S.M (2011) Tŷ dial [translation]. Rily, Hengoed. ISBN 9781904357285


Artemis Gwarth: a chôd tragwyddoldeb [translation]
book

Colfer, E and Dafydd, S.M (2009) Artemis Gwarth: a chôd tragwyddoldeb [translation]. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781843238454


Y trydydd peth: enillydd y Fedal Ryddiaith 2009
book

Dafydd, S.M (2009) Y trydydd peth: enillydd y Fedal Ryddiaith 2009. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781848510906


Artemis Gwarth ac antur Yr Arctig [translation]
book

Colfer, E and Dafydd, S.M (2009) Artemis Gwarth ac antur Yr Arctig [translation]. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781843238447


Infinite longing: artists from Wales [exhibition catalogue]
book

Dafydd, S.M (2006) Infinite longing: artists from Wales [exhibition catalogue]. ABC Gallery, Moscow.


Big cats
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Dafydd, S.M (2014) 'Big cats.' In: Ford, M, ed. The best British poetry 2014. Salt, London. ISBN 9781907773686


Hospital field
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Dafydd, S.M (2014) 'Hospital field.' In: Royle, N, ed. The best British short stories 2014. Salt, London. ISBN 9781907773679


Diving for starters
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Dafydd, S.M (2014) 'Diving for starters.' In: Wild, S, ed. Rarebit: new Welsh fiction. Parthian, Cardigan. ISBN 9781909844407


Hospital field
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Dafydd, S.M (2013) 'Hospital field.' In: Norminton, G, ed. Beacons: stories for our not so distant future. Oneworld, Richmond, pp. 211-215. ISBN 9781851689699


Sex in another city
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Dafydd, S.M (2012) 'Sex in another city.' In: Tillotson, S and Thomas, P, eds. All shall be well: 25 at 25: a quarter of a century's great writing from the women of Wales. Honno, Dinas Powys. ISBN 9781906784461


The moss between us
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Dafydd, S.M (2012) 'The moss between us.' In: Srdić, S, ed. Peta strana sveta: priča. Kikinda Short, Kikinda.


Je ne parle pas français
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Dafydd, S.M (2011) 'Je ne parle pas français.' In: Rāṇiyuṭan̲ oru tēnīr viruntu : velṣ mol̲ic cir̲ukataikaḷ. Kalachuvadu Publications. ISBN 9789380240688


Je ne parle pas français
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Dafydd, S.M (2010) 'Je ne parle pas français.' In: Taufer, V, ed. Ffiniau aflonydd: antologija sodobne valižanske književnosti. Društvo slovenskih pisateljev, Ljubljana. ISBN 9789616547475


Hand of a giant
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Dafydd, S.M (2008) 'Hand of a giant.' In: MacNamee, J, ed. In her element. Honno, Dinas Powys. ISBN 9781870206969


Yellow ribbons on a pear tree
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Dafydd, S.M (2008) 'Yellow ribbons on a pear tree.' In: Oakley, C, ed. Coming up roses: short stories by women from Wales. Honno, Dinas Powys. ISBN 9781870206938


Lluniau yn dweud storiau
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Dafydd, S.M (2007) 'Lluniau yn dweud storiau.' In: Bala, I, ed. Hon: ynys y galon. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781843237457


The moss between us
book_section

Dafydd, S.M (2006) 'The moss between us.' In: Cowan, A, ed. UEA creative writing anthology 2006: tessellate. Pen & Inc Press, Norwich. ISBN 9781902913278


Sex in another city
book_section

Dafydd, S.M (2004) 'Sex in another city.' In: Merriman, C, ed. Laughing, not laughing. Honno, Dinas Powys. ISBN 9781870206624


Puteinio esgyrn a chladdu’r dyn
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Dafydd, S.M (2000) 'Puteinio esgyrn a chladdu’r dyn.' In: Rhys, M, ed. Storïau'r troad. Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 9781859028032


Foxy
article

Dafydd, S.M (2013) 'Foxy.' The White Review, 8.


Paper people: a story in 6 floors
other

Dafydd, S.M (2013) Paper people: a story in 6 floors. Wales Arts Review.


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