School of Creative Studies and Media

Profile of Dr Llion Iwan

Llion Iwan
Llion Iwan
+44 (0) 1248 383207
Room 15, JP Hall

Llion Iwan is a published author, journalist and documentary film director with network broadcast credits. His PhD examined the role and influence of the director and he has won international awards for his documentary films in Canada and France as well as the Royal Television Society in the UK. He was awarded a Welsh Academi creative writing scholarship in 2008. His research examines war reporting 2001-2011.

He spent ten years with the BBC as senior broadcast journalist, producer and director in news, sport and factual departments, working in both radio and television and is a regular contributor and commentator about the media on BBC Radio and TV. He was invited on the national jury for the 2010 Celtic Media Festival, and has been invited to return as a judge for 2012.


My research interests are war reporting, practice led research – specifically the novel and documentary film - and the influence of the documentary and I would be interested in supervising postgraduates in any of these areas. I currently co-supervise the following research students in these subject areas:

  • Film in Wales post devolution;
  • Catalan experience under Franco;
  • The Laundry Line in Film and Television;

Also two further PhD in creative writing.

Subject Expertise:

  • Journalism: print and broadcast (radio and television)
  • Creative writing: fictional and factual (reportage, travel writing)
  • Documentary filmmaking: research, production, scripting, filming, post-production, producing and directing

Administrative Roles

  • Welsh medium affairs committee, College of Arts and Humanities (Chair)
  • Ethics committee, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Admissions committee, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Welsh medium affairs committee, SCSM (Chair)

Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee (SCSM)

  • SCSM Admissions Tutor
  • Personal Tutor and PhD Supervisor
  • Module Leader

Awards / grants

  • 2002 Royal Television Society, best sport documentary
  • 2004 Vancouver International MFF – special award

  • 2004 Grenoble, best director
  • 2005 Dijon, audience award best documentary
  • 2008 Welsh Academy creative writing grant

Television & Film Credits

  • Drowning of a Village, BBC Wales, Director,
  • Shortlisted for 2007 Celtic Film festival and BAFTA Wales.
  • Dic Jones: Yn ei eiriau ei hun. Director S4C                                    
  • Ellen MacArthur, Search For Speed, BBC1, Producer /Director                       
  • Shortlisted @ Bafta Wales 2005 best Director)
  • Eric Jones Alps. 3 x 30, Director, co-production S4C and German TV
  • Antura. Director. S4C. 6 x 30 & 1 x 50
  • Stradey Stories. Director. ITV Wales
  • Fo, Fi, a’r MC. 3 x 50, Director. S4C
  • Straeon o’r Strade, S4C. Director
  • ‘Gwlad Menig Gwynion’, S4C, Producer /Director
  • In the Eye of the Storm., BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • The Man Who Jumped Beneath the Earth, BBC1W, Producer/Director
  • (Winner @ Grenoble film festival 2004, Dijon 2005; Award VIMFF; shortlisted Banff MFF)
  • ‘Everest Diary’, S4C, Producer
  • ‘Feet on the Ground’, S4C, Producer
  • Ice Challenger, BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • Leo Houlding, BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • Berzerk in Antarctica , BBC1, Producer
  • Life On Land , BBC1, Producer
  • Everest, Getting to the Bottom of a Mountain,  BBC2/4, Assistant Producer
  • Sailing Through Heaven and Hell, BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • (Bafta UK short listed; Winner Best documentary @ Celtic film festival & Bafta Wales)
  • The Great Dog Race, BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • Mr Sunset, Jeff Hakman story, BBC1, Assistant Producer
  • Scott Gibbs, Out On His Own, BBC1 Wales, Producer
  • (Royal Television Society Best Regional Sport Documentary 2002)
  • Re-Union , Pumas , BBC2W, Producer
  • Re-Union, Wallabies, BBC2W, Producer
  • Re-Union , The Friendly Islands,  BBC2W, Producer

Published Books

Llun o lyfr Llion Iwan

Yr Anweledig, Gomer, 2008

Click here to read an extract - Chapter 1
Click here to read an extract - Chapter 2

Both chapters translated by Lowri Catrin Jones, Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University.

Imae of Book
Euog, Casglwr, (Gomer) 2006.  Welsh book council novel of the  month, January 2007.
 Lladdwr, Gomer 2005
Dafydd Iwan: Bywyd Mewn Lluniau  / A Life in Pictures
 Dafydd Iwan, A Life in Pictures, (Editor),Gomer 2005
Casglwr, Gomer 2004
O Afallon i Shangri La


O Afallon i Shangri La, Gomer 2001

Published Articles

Y Mynydd Hwn: Deg o Ysgrifau am Fynyddoedd Y Mynydd Hwn, (Contributor),Gomer 2005
image of book Cewri Campau Cymru,
(Contributor),Gomer 1999


Introduction to Journalism               (Level 1)
Understanding Documentary           (Level 2)
Advanced Practical Journalism       (Level 2/3)

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