About

Siân Melangell Dafydd is an author, poet, translator and yoga teacher.

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Siân has been practicing yoga since 2001 when she found that by improving her breathing, creativity came from a different place, by calming the mind and body, she accessed a more innovative voice as a writer.

She is a certified teacher by the Yoga Alliance and teaches with Dharma Yoga Inspired. Her work is deeply rooted in exploring notions of energy, eternal myths, personal and collective stories which the body holds.

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 writes in both Welsh and English and often collaborates with artists of other disciplines (dancer Sioned Huws’ Aomori Project; 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 Professor of Creative Writing at the American University of Paris and is creating a Masters in Transnational Creative Writing for Bath Spa University, England. She is the co-editor of the literary magazines Taliesin and Y Neuadd and is currently translating the works of the Bengali Nobel Prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore into Welsh.

She leads workshops on yoga and writing all over Europe.

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  1. Hi Sian, we met briefly at Corsham Court a couple of weeks ago. I am a rusty Welsh speaker, but I’m contacting you today for some guidance. Basically, in a text I am writing, I am interchanging between English and Scots Gaelic, sometimes giving translations (either way) , sometimes not. Is there a precedence for this? I think I’ve thrown my supervisor a little, and it would be good to reassure him that some ‘not-knowing’ is okay. My email is laura.denning16@bathspa.ac.uk ( I couldn’t find you on the BSU system).

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