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Welcome to Writers Plaques

On these pages Literature Wales will display details of the plaques around Wales that commemorate its writers.The Rhys Davies Trust, with the support of Literature Wales, is responsible for erecting the majority of these plaques. These have all been made by Ieuan Rees whose calligraphy and carving are renowned. The material used is Welsh slate and the lettering is in silver paint. Literature Wales and the Trust believe the series reminds local communities of the writers born in their area and provides a focal point for admirers of the writers' work.

There are also a number of other public memorials for writers across Wales. There is one to Howard Spring on his house in Canton, Cardiff. He was first employed in Cardiff before the First World War. Dafydd ap Gwilym, of course, is marked at Ystrad Fflur. The tradition may be older that that. A BBC Wales story in 2005 noted that plaques for three Welsh writers - Walter Davies, Robert Ellis and John Hughes - were being restored after being found in a skip in north Wales. Walter Davies - Gwallter Mechain - was one of the founding fathers of provincial eisteddfodau. Born in Llanfechain, he was vicar of Manafon and later of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant from 1837 until his death in 1849. Robert Ellis – Cynddelw - was a writer, a poet and a Baptist minister. Born in Penybont Fawr, in 1812, he died in 1875. The third, John Hughes, tutored Ann Griffiths the hymn writer.

 

 


Writers Plaques Around Wales

It is becoming apparent there must be many more writers commemorated around Wales – not in graveyards but with plaques and memorials and wallplates. Literature Wales would like to compile a list of who is marked where, make a trail, set the footprints out so that the interested can revisit old friends. Literature Wales would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help us build a complete list of writers' memorials in Wales. Tell us who is where.

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- 1915- 2009   - 1902-1952   Alun Lewis - 1915 - 1944 16 Llanwonno Road, Cwmaman CF44 6PG
Alun Richards - 1929 – 2004 Pontypridd Library, Library Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DY Amy Dillwyn - 1845 - 1935 (just before the West Cross Inn, on the side of the path), 43 Mumbles Road, West Cross, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 5AB? Arthur Machen - 1863-1947 33 High Street, Caerleon, NP18 1AG
Ben Bowen - 1878-1903 126 High street, Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF42 6EL Brenda Chamberlain - 1912-1971 Ty’r Mynydd Ffordd y Mynydd, Rachub, near Bethesda Caradoc Evans - 1878 -1945 Queens Square, Aberystwyth, SY23
Dylan Thomas - 1914 - 53 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, SA2 0RA Geraint Goodwin - 1903 - 1941 Barclays Bank, 3 The Cross, Newtown SY16 2AJ, UK Glyn Jones - 1905-95 158 Manor Way, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1RN
Gwyn Jones - 1907-1999 Gwyn Jones, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ Gwyn Thomas - 1913 - 1981 High Street, Cymmer, Porth, CF39 9EY Harri Webb - 1920 - 1995 Foyer of the Public Library, Knight Street Mountain Ash CF45 3EY
Idris Davies - 1905 - 1953 Victoria Road, Rhymney, NP22 5NU Jack Jones - 1884-1970 The Public Library, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6EH John Ormond - 1923-90 15 Conway Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9NT
John Tripp - 1927 – 86 Public Library, Park Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 7XA Leslie Norris - 1921 – 2006 Public Library, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AF Menna Gallie - 1919 - 1990 Cilhendre, Upper St Mary Street, Newport, Pembrokeshire SA42 0PS
R S Thomas - 1913 – 2000 Main Arts Library, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG Raymond Williams - 1921 – 88 Llwyn Derw (behind Glannant House), Pandy, Abergavenny, Gwent, NP7 8DN Rhys Davies - 1901-1978 6 Clydach Road, Blaenclydach, CF40 2BD
Richard Llewellyn - 1906 - 1983 Gilfach Goch Community Centre, Cambrian Avenue, Gilfach Goch, CF39 8TG Roald Dahl - 1916 - 1990 Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5AL Roland Mathias - 1915 - 2007 The Plough Chapel, Lion Street, Brecon, LD3 7AU
Ron Berry - 1920-1997 Michael's Rd Blaencwm, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan CF42 5DY, UK T H Jones - 1921 – 65 Builth High School (viewed from North Road), Builth Wells, LD2 3BW Vernon Watkins - 1906 - 1967 Heatherslade Residential Home 1, West Cliff, Southgate, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 2AN
William Henry Davies - 1871-1940 The Church House Inn, Newport