Tim Boswel Returns to Cardiganshire (A National Day to Commemorate T. Llew Jones)

1 Oct 2010

On Monday, 11 October, the national day to commemorate T. Llew Jones (on his birthday) Tim Boswel, the young gipsy boy, will return to Ysgol Coed-y-bryn, Ceredigion, where T. Llew Jones was a headmaster.

Gweirydd ap Gwyndaf was only fourteen years old when he was cast to play Tim Boswel in the film ‘Tân ar y Comin’ based on one of T. Llew Jones’s most popular novels, which was broadcast on S4C in1993. He is looking forward to meeting pupils from Ysgol Coed-y-bryn and answering their questions. Carol Byrne Jones, the film’s producer, will visit the school to talk about the process of filming.  An English version of the film ‘A Christmas Reunion’ was also broadcast.

The Welsh Books Council is encouraging schools and libraries to join in the celebrations on the day by participating in various lively activities including reading 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.

A leaflet of creative ideas on how to celebrate the day has been produced by the Books Council.  There are literary competitions for schools, such as writing a story – ‘A Day in the Life of a Pirate’ or ‘A Day in the Life of a Highwayman’, and composing a poem on one of the months of the year, based on T. Llew Jones’s poem ‘Misoedd y Flwyddyn’ (Months of the Year).

Thousands of school-children in Wales will take part in the celebrations and many more are expected to take part on the day.  Many libraries and bookshops will also be marking the event.

There will be a celebratory party at Ysgol Coed-y-bryn with Emyr Llywelyn Jones and Iolo Jones, T. Llew Jones’s sons, amongst the guests.  T. Llew Jones’s log-book when he was a headmaster at the school will be on display, where he wrote that the pupils had a party to celebrate his success in winning the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale in 1958.  Hopefully, Iolo Jones, who is an international chess player and has just returned from Siberia, will challenge some of the pupils to a game of chess.

T. Llew Jones died in January 2009.  He spent his working life as a primary school-teacher and headmaster, but was also 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 Award for his special contribution to children’s literature in Wales.

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of the Children’s Books Department, added: ‘We are all looking forward to the day’s celebrations all over Wales.  The activities illustrate the innovative ideas in schools and the enthusiasm of people who are eager to remember one of Wales’s greatest children’s authors.  T. Llew Jones would have been delighted.’

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