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Meic Stephens (b.1938) from Treforest, Glamorgan, is a literary journalist, translator as well as a poet and editor. He studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University Colege of North Wales, Bangor, and at the University of Rennes in France. He taught French at Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, from 1962-1966. In Merthyr Tydfil, he founded the Triskel Press and Poetry Wales. He wrote a pioneering book Linguistic Minorities in Eastern Europe in 1976. He wrote and published his own poetry, compiled and edited six anthologies of Welsh wiriting in English, edited the work of other poets, and published the Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986 and 1998) amongst other works. He learnt Welsh as an adult and became an active member of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg as well as Plaid Cymru. From 1967 until 1990 he was Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council. He was Visiting Professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University in Utah. He teaches Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. He writes about Welsh literature for the Western Mail.


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