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Meic Stephens was born in Trefforest, near Pontypridd, in 1938. Educated at the University Colleges of Wales, Aberystwyth and Bangor, and at the University of Rennes, he was for many years Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council and latterly Professor of Welsh Writing at the University of Glamorgan.
He has written, edited and translated about 170 books, most of them to do with the culture of Wales, and founded Poetry Wales in 1965. His novel, Yeah, Dai Dando, appeared in 2008. He is Literary Editor of the magazine Cambria and Secretary of the Rhys Davies Trust.
He has lived in Cardiff since 1966. The language of his home is Welsh, which he learnt as an adult, and he writes verse in it. He also contributes obituaries of eminent Welsh people to The Independent.