Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of T. Llew Jones in Schools Across Wales

22 Sep 2015

The Welsh Books Council will celebrate the centenary of the birth of  T. Llew Jones.

The Welsh Books Council will celebrate the centenary of the birth of T. Llew Jones, the king of Welsh children’s literature, on Friday, 9 October, and schools across Wales will join in the activities. Soon after 9 a.m. it is hoped that each school will unveil a poster by artist Andy Robert Davies which has been commissioned for the event by the Welsh Books Council.

'Cwm Alltcafan' was the theme of the commissioned artwork, acknowledging and celebrating the work of the author and poet.

Welsoch chi mo Gwm Alltcafan
Lle mae'r coed a'r afon ddofn?
Ewch da chi i Gwm Alltcafan,
Peidiwch oedi'n hwy...
Rhag ofn.'

'This is an exciting opportunity for everyone to unite in celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of Wales's most well-known children's authors. Having all primary schools celebrating at the same time on the same day will mean that T. Llew Jones and his works will be discussed extensively on that particular day,' explained Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council.

T. Llew Jones, originally from the village of Pentre-cwrt near Llandysul, has inspired generations of readers of all ages, and his most popular works such as  Barti Ddu , Dirgelwch yr Ogof  and  Tân ar y Comin  may be found on many bookshelves in Welsh homes and schools.

'Although the true date of the birthday is Sunday, 11 October, celebrating on a school day is crucial, so that children across Wales can be part of the activities,' added Elwyn Jones.

Andy Robert Davies, who was born in south Wales, is an artist whose work focuses on interpreting landscapes and contains images based on poems and literary quotations.

On producing the centenary artwork, he said: 'When creating this artwork, I wanted to depict T. Llew as a boy, enjoying the beautiful multi-layered landscape that he describes so vividly.'

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