Thomas Rowland Hughes

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Thomas Rowland Hughes (often referred to as T. Rowland Hughes) (17 April 1903 – 24 October 1949), was a Welsh novelist, dramatist and poet He was the son of a quarryman from Llanberis, Caernarvonshire (Gwynedd today), in northern Wales. He is primarily renowned in the present day for his novels about characters living and working in the slate quarries of northern Wales, but in his day he was just as well known as a poet. William Jones is his most famous novel.

Welsh people nation and ethnic group native to Wales

The Welsh are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to, or otherwise associated with, Wales, Welsh culture, Welsh history and the Welsh language. Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living in Wales are British citizens.

A novelist is an author or writer of novels, though often novelists also write in other genres of both fiction and non-fiction. Some novelists are professional novelists, thus make a living writing novels and other fiction, while others aspire to support themselves in this way or write as an avocation. Most novelists struggle to get their debut novel published, but once published they often continue to be published, although very few become literary celebrities, thus gaining prestige or a considerable income from their work.

Poet person who writes and publishes poetry

A poet is a person who creates poetry. Poets may describe themselves as such or be described as such by others. A poet may simply be a writer of poetry, or may perform their art to an audience.


His life

Hughes obtained a first class degree in English at the University College of North Wales in Bangor. In 1928, he was awarded a scholarship by the University of Wales to study at Jesus College, Oxford, leading to a B.Litt. degree in 1931 on "The London Magazine from 1820 to 1829". [1] His most important job was as a producer with the BBC in Cardiff. In his thirties he began to suffer from multiple sclerosis, and it was at this time that he began to write his most well-known works.

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Hughes won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod on two occasions, in 1937 for his ode 'Y Ffin' ('The Boundary'), and again in 1940 for 'Pererinion' ('Pilgrims').

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Lyrics in Welsh

Tydi a roddaist liw i'r wawr
A lliw i'r machlud mwyn,
Tydi a luniaist gerdd a sawr
A'r gwanwyn yn y llwyn,
O cadw ni rhag colli'r hud
Sydd heddiw yn crwydro drwy'r holl fyd.

Tydi a luniast gân i'r nant
A si i'r goedwig werdd,
Tydi a roist i'r awel dant
Ac i'r ehedydd gerdd,
O cadw ni rhag dyfod dydd
Na yrr ein calon gân yh rhydd.

Tydi a glywaist lithriad traed
Ar ffordd Galfari gynt,
Tydi a welaist ddafnau'r gwaed
Y gŵr ar ddiethr hynt.
O cadw ni rhag dyfod oes
Heb goron ddraen, na chur, na chroes.


William Jones is a novel by T. Rowland Hughes, written in 1944. It tells of the story of a quarryman in Gwynedd who decides to leave his community to look for work in the coal mines of South Wales. It describes the tough lives of the quarrymen at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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  1. Rowlands, John (2004). "Hughes, Thomas Rowland (19031949)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, subscription access). Oxford University Press . Retrieved 13 April 2008.