Remembering a Great Author - T. Llew Jones Day, 11 October 2011

30 Sep 2011

Thousands of children throughout Wales will play their part in celebrating the life and work of children’s author T. Llew Jones on the national day earmarked to remember him, namely 11 October (his birthday).

The day was established two years ago by the Welsh Books Council, when pupils at Ysgol Chwilog, Gwynedd, came up with the idea of setting aside a special day every year to remember T. Llew. The occasion offers schools a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contribution of one of Wales’s leading authors, in a variety of entertaining and ingenious ways.

The Books Council have been encouraging schools to join in the celebrations this year by distributing a leaflet containing a number of creative ideas for ways of celebrating the day.  Schools responded enthusiastically, and a host of exciting activities have already been arranged.  Hundreds of children will have fun dressing up as some of their favourite characters from

T. Llew Jones’s books, whilst others will be creating puppets and designing book covers and posters.  At Ysgol y Berllan Deg, Cardiff, children will be designing T-shirts, and at Ysgol Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, pupils will be interpreting T. Llew’s poems through the medium of art.  The other activities arranged include a party, creative presentations, creating exhibitions, reading T. Llew’s stories and poems, and remembering him in school assemblies.  And Ceredigion Education Authority, in cooperation with the owners of Pentre Bach, have arranged an exciting variety of activities based on the legend of Siôn Cwilt for the enjoyment of pupils from several local schools.

T. Llew Jones died in January 2009.  His career was spent in education, as a primary school teacher and later as a headmaster, but he also developed into a successful author, specialising in writing books for children.  He won the Tir na n-Og Award twice – he was the first recipient of the award in 1976, winning for a second time in 1990.  The Mary Vaughan Jones Award was presented to him in 1991 for his unique contribution to children’s literature in Wales.  Information about his books can be found on  www.gwales.com.

Delyth Humphreys, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, said: ‘T. Llew’s novels and poems have entertained generations of children, and it is pleasing to see yet another new generation appreciating his talent as a storyteller.  He would have been delighted to know that children from all corners of Wales are this year celebrating his huge contribution to the field of children’s literature in Welsh.’

The T. Llew Jones Memorial Fund was established in order to preserve the legacy of this unique person.  For further information go to to the website:  www.tllewjones.com  or contact the Chair on 07977 593467.

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