Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’ first Poet Laureate.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of NESTA
(National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). She is
also a member of the Welsh Academy and spent three years in the US
as a Harkness Fellow. She produced and directed documentaries at
BBC Wales, but left to pursue her career as a freelance writer. She
has published six books of poetry in Welsh and English. Her first
English collection, Parables & Faxes (1995) won the
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward
Prize, as was her second, Zero Gravity (1998), inspired by
her astronaut cousin's voyage to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Lewis won the 2000 Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year Prize for
Y Llofrudd Iaith (The Language Murderer), and
Keeping Mum was shortlisted in 2004. Her non-fictional
Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage (2005) recounts a journey
with her husband from Cardiff to North Africa. She has also written
three libretti for Welsh National Opera. Lewis was elected Honorary
Fellow of Cardiff University in 2005.
Lewis's feature article for the Guardian about her sailing