Gwyneth Lewis was born in 1959 in Cardiff, Wales. She writes both in Welsh, her first language, and in English, and her published poetry includes Parables and Faxes (1995), which won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, Zero Gravity (1998), shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), and Y Llofrudd Iaith (2000) winner of the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. More recent collections include Keeping Mum (2003), shortlisted for the Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year Prize, A Hospital Odyssey (2010), and Sparrow Tree (2011), winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2012. Lewis is also a prose writer, playwright, translater, anthologist and critic. She was named as the first Welsh Poet Laureate in 2005. Her words adorn the front of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, which opened in 2004.