Mererid comes from Cardiff though her roots are in Pembrokeshire. She now lives in Carmarthen with her family and teaches at Trinity University College. She graduated in Spanish and German from Aberystwyth and has a PhD from University College London. She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod and the Prose Medal for her first novel. In 2003 she won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod, and in 2008 the Eisteddfod's Prose Medal for her book O Ran. She is also an S4C presenter. In 2012 she was awarded the Glyndwr Award by MOMA, Machynlleth.In August 2009, Hopwood was put forward for the position of Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod, following the death of Dic Jones.
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