Mererid Hopwood

Mererid Hopwood is a Welsh poet who made history in 2001 by becoming the first woman ever to win the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Originally from Llangynnwr in Carmarthenshire, Hopwood graduated with first-class honours in Spanish and German from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a Lecturer in German at the University of Wales, Swansea, as well as Creative Writing tutor in the Welsh Department since 2002. In 2003 she won the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod, and in 2008 she was awarded the Eisteddfod’s Prose Medal for her book O Ran. She is also an S4C presenter.


  • Sarah Kirsch (1997)
  • Singing in Chains: Listening to Welsh Verse (2004)
  • Seren Lowri (2005)
  • Plentyn (2005)
  • Ar Bwys (2007)
  • O Ran

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