He served his apprenticeship as a poet in ‘ Pabell Awen ’, the bardic column of Y Cymro under the tutorship of Dewi Emrys (see David Emrys James , below) and came under the influence of R. Williams Parry (see below) at Bangor and Edward Prosser Rhys (see below) at Aberystwyth . He won many prizes at eisteddfodau including some at the National Eisteddfod In addition to his service as a caring and loved minister he became known to a wide circle in north Wales as an eisteddfod adjudicator , a weekly newspaper columnist , a broadcaster and a W.E.A. tutor . He published two volumes of poetry: Yn Ieuenctid y Dydd ( 1941 ) and Y Dwyrain a Cherddi Eraill ( 1945 ). A third volume, Yr Ysgub Olaf ( 1971 ), was published posthumously. He had been awarded the degree of M.A. of the University of Liverpool in 1958 for a thesis on the life and work of William John Roberts , Gwilym Cowlyd ( DWB , 885) , a work which was published by his widow under the title Gwilym Cowlyd 1828-1904 ( 1976 ).
He m. Freda Vaughan Davies , Maesneuadd , Pontrobert and they had a son and a daughter. He d. at his home in Colwyn Bay , 13 June 1968 , and was buried in Bron-y-nant cemetery , Colwyn Bay .
Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay
Published date: 2001