ALYS CONRAN's first novel PIGEON (Parthian, 2016) won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, the Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award, was shortlised for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award.
Her poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays, literary translations, and other work is to be found in numerous magazines and anthologies including Stand and the Manchester Review.
Originally from North Wales, she spent several years in Edinburgh and Barcelona before returning to the area to live and write. She speaks Welsh and English as first languages, and also speaks Spanish and Catalan. She has worked as a youth worker, teacher, and in community arts and is now Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bangor.
Her late father, also a writer, was born in Kharagpur, Bengal.