A Day to Remember T. Llew Jones

5 Mar 2009

The Welsh Books Council has announced on that, from now on, 11 October, which was T. Llew Jones’s birthday, will be a dedicated national day to remember the author T. Llew Jones, who died earlier this year.

‘It is entirely appropriate that this announcement is made on World Book Day,’ according to Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council, ‘as T. Llew made such a valued contribution to children’s literature in Wales. He wrote throughout the entire second half of the twentieth century and created a body of literature that is still a source of pleasure and excitement to children today.’

T. Llew Jones spent his working life as a primary school teacher and head teacher, but also developed to be a successful author, concentrating on writing books for children. He won the Tir na n-Og award twice - he was the first winner of the award in 1976, and he won it again in 1990. In 1991 he was awarded the Mary Vaughan Jones Prize for his eminent contribution to children’s literature in Wales.

It was the pupils of Ysgol Chwilog, Gwynedd, who struck on the idea of having a special day each year to remember T. Llew Jones, and as a sign of their gratitude to him for writing so many interesting books they contacted schools across Wales. They had an amazing response to the idea, and, according to the school’s head teacher, Mr Edward Elias, ‘It was the children themselves who had the idea of creating a celebration to remember T. Llew Jones and that is indicative of the pleasure that they have had while reading his books over the years.’

The Books Council intends to encourage schools and libraries to join in the celebration on the day by participating in various lively activities including reading his books, appreciating his poetry, creative writing sessions, creating artwork and murals, and all kinds of other cross-curricular activities. It is hoped that the children will have a fun-filled day dressing up as favourite characters from his books.

According to Emyr Llywelyn and Iolo Jones, T. Llew Jones’s sons, ‘We were extremely pleased when the Books Council contacted us to let us know that a special day was being arranged to remember our father, and we hope that children all over Wales will enjoy the day.’

Further information about the day’s arrangements will be announced shortly and as Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of the Books Council’s Children’s Books Department, added, ‘There is no better way of remembering our most eminent author of children’s books, and T. Llew would certainly be in his element among the celebrations.’

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