Meic Stephens was born in Trefforest, near Pontypridd, in 1938. Educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Rennes, he was Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council from 1967 to 1990 and Professor of Welsh Writing in English at the University of Glamorgan until his retirement in 2003. He founded Poetry Wales in 1965 and edited the magazine for eight years. He has compiled, translated and written about 170 books, including The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986) and the Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland (1992). Among his other books are two novels, two selections of obituaries, an autobiography, Cofnodion (2012), several novels translated from the Welsh, and a biography of Rhys Davies; he is Secretary of the Rhys Davies Trust. He also writes verse in Welsh, the language of his home in Cardiff.