Alys Conran

Alys Conran
+44 (0)1248 383788
Room 307 New Arts

Alys Conran studied both Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh, The Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona and The University of Manchester before returning to North Wales to write and teach. You can fnd out more about Alys and her work by visiting her website.

Enjoys Teaching

Creative writing (prose and poetry), practice-based approaches to criticism, contemporary literature.

Research and Writing Interests

Cross-cultural and minority literatures. Colonial and postcolonial writing. The Everyday in contemporary literature and writing practice. Commemoration and memory in contemporary literature.


Selected Publications

  • Novel ‘Pigeon’ published June 2016 by Parthian Books. To be published in the English original and simultaneously as ‘Pijin’ in its Welsh adaptation (by Sian Northey). Also to be released in India by Bee Books.
  • Short Story ‘Leda’ published by Wales Arts Review
  • One poem ‘Monologue in A’ in A New Welsh Reader Spring/Summer 2015
  • Two poems in collaboration with Robert Sheppard published in Poetry Wales Spring/Summer 2016
  • ‘On Writing Pigeon’ in New Welsh Reader (New Welsh Review) Winter 2015 also reprinted in The Western Mail.
  • Two Poems, ‘At The Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ and ‘Leave’ in the New Welsh Review Poetry Video Showcase NWR Issue 109, October 2015
  • Five Poems, ‘Writing Slate’, ‘Silicosis’, ‘Catching the Light’, ‘Flat’ and ‘Fly By’ in The Slate Sea, anthology edited by Paul Henry for the Camden Trust, printed by Gomer Press, 2015
  • Short Story ‘Pennies’ in Stand Magazine Vol 12 (4) 2014
  • Short story, ‘The Room’ in The Manchester Review, Issue 10, 2013
  • Three Poems, ‘Cartographer Standing’, ‘Seam’ and ‘i’ in The Manchester Review, Issue 10, 2013
  • Three Poems, ‘Rose’, ‘The Wash’ and ‘Quench’ in the ‘Beat the Dust’ Hidden Talent Edition, 2012
  • Short Story ‘Lobster’ in The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 5, 2012 (2nd Prize)
  • Novel Extract ‘Pigeon’ in The Manchester Anthology, Manchester, 2011
  • Short Story ‘Alex, Stupid Fuck’ in Nu: Fiction and Stuff, Parthian Books, 2010
  • Translation/Poem ‘Guitar’, after Frederico Garcia Lorca’s poem ‘La Gitarra’ in Lorca in England Translation Competition Anthology, Lorca in England, 2012
  • Short Story ‘Mr Price’s Summer Holiday’ in Cut on the Bias: Stories About Women and The Clothes they Wear, Honno Press, 2010
  • Hyperlinked Poem ‘Wales’ in The Absurd Issue 4, 2009
  • Short Story ‘Today and Things’ in Read This Magazine, Issue 12, 2008
  • Flash Fiction, ‘Looking Myself Up’ in The Ranfurly Review, Vol 8, 2008

Awards and Commissions

AHRC Scholarship 2013 – 2016 (ongoing)
Bristol Short Story Prize (2nd Prize) 2012.
Hay Festival Writers at Work 2016
Bath Short Story Award (longlist) 2016
Manchester Fiction Prize (longlist) 2012.

New Welsh Review Commissions 2015-2016 (ongoing) Poems about artists responses to the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, a practice-based reflection ‘On Writing Pigeon’ and two poems for video showcase. 
Camden Trust Commission summer 2014, to write poetry for The Slate Sea.
Lorca in England International Translation Competition (Shortlist) 2012.
North Wales International Poetry Festival Commissions to translate Spanish, Catalan and Lithuanian poetry into Welsh in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Amongst other festivals I have read my work at The Hay Festival and many other arts festivals across the UK, and on Radio Four. I also appear regularly at art centres, libraries, reading groups and other venues and take part in national and international literature projects including a Literature Across Frontiers workshop in Latvia in September 2016.

Literature in the Community

I have developed projects in writing and reading in health and social care, including intergenerational work, work in mental health centres, community festivals, events in empty shops, youth writing projects, and work in dementia and creative writing.

Current Writing Projects

I am currently writing a novel about the legacy of The Raj in contemporary British life and developing a digital fiction project called ‘The Archive of Misplaced Lives’.