Cerys Matthews is a singer, songwriter, author, broadcaster and festival owner.

She won Gold at last year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards for her popular BBC 6 music Sunday morning show, which she programmes and hosts. She is the One Show’s cultural reporter and writes and presents radio and television documentaries on subjects as diverse as Cuba, early classical composers, shark fishing and early female blues players. Cerys writes a weekly column for the Guardian and as a collector of songs for over thirty years, she is also a columnist for the number one world music magazine ‘Songlines’. Her sing along book, ‘Hook, Line and Singer’, published last year by Penguin, quickly became a Sunday Times bestseller. It is released this autumn in paperback form. She is the author of children’s stories ‘Tales from the Deep’ and ‘Gelert’, A Man’s Best Friend’.

This year Cerys co-founded the GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE with Charlie and Caroline Gladstone .
This interactive celebration of music, culture and the great outdoors will be an annual September event in the beautiful Hawarden countryside, Flintshire, close to the Cheshire border.

Cerys has curated for theatres and the Tate Modern and was artistic director for the opening ceremony of the World Music Expo 2013. She was awarded an inaugural St David Award for her services to culture this year from the First Minister of Wales and was awarded an MBE this June for her services to music.

In 2014 Cerys wrote and presented a 6 part television series looking into the history of centuries old folk songs in her native Wales and released an album of music and poetry by Dylan Thomas - 'A Child's Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs'.

She is a judge for the Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers, and for the Forward Prizes for poetry.

Her self produced album of traditional Welsh songs, ‘Tir’ is the biggest selling Welsh language album of the past ten years, the second volume, ‘Hullabaloo’ followed last year.

Cerys was the founder member of multi-million selling band Catatonia and duets with Sir Tom Jones on the perennial winter favourite, ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’. She is Vice President for the homeless charity, Shelter, Vice President of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, is patron of the Dylan Thomas Society and Ballet Cymru, and is Arts Ambassador for the Linden Lodge School - a specialist school for sensory impairment.

Cerys lives in West London with her husband and children.

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