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Siôn Eirian obituary

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My friend and colleague Siôn Eirian, a playwright, scriptwriter and poet, has died aged 66, following a short illness.

Siôn was born in Hirwaun, a village in Cynon Valley, South Wales, to James Eirian Davies, a poet and Methodist minister, and Jennie (nee Howells), a Welsh politician and magazine editor. They later moved to Brynamman, on the south side of the Black Mountain, and then Mold, in Flintshire, where Siôn attended Maes Garmon school before continuing to Aberystwyth University, completing an honours degree in philosophy (1975). He studied as a postgraduate at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, of which he later became a fellow. It was there that he met his future wife, Erica New – they married in 1980.

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