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JENKINS , EVAN ( 1895 - 1959 ), poet ;

b. 2 May 1895 , youngest of the 8 children of Thomas and Margaret Jenkins , Tynewydd , Ffair-rhos, Cards. His father was a miner who worked in the local lead mines , and farmed his smallholding in his spare time. Evan went to Pontrhydfendigaid elementary school in 1901 , and to Tregaron county school in Oct. 1909 , but when he left is not recorded. He failed to pass the medical examination for military service during World War I but apparently worked in a munitions factory . In 1919 he went to the University College , Aberystwyth and graduated B.A. in 1921 . It is said in Cofiant Idwal Jones ( DWB , 506-7) , by D. Gwenallt Jones ( D. James Jones Gwenallt ’ see below ), that he and Philip Beddoe Jones , composed cywyddau in a poetic contention when they were students of T. Gwynn Jones (see below) . He taught for a period in Taliesin and Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn schools. Being of poor health he left the teaching profession and in 1924 he became secretary to the Union of Cardiganshire Friendly Societies , a post which he held until 1948 .

He was primarily responsible for encouraging the work of poets in the Ffair-rhos district and was a member of the Cardiganshire team in bardic contests . He won the South Wales bardic chair at Treorci on two occasions, the crown at the Anglesey eisteddfod , and prizes for lyrics, an englyn , a sonnet and a cywydd at national eisteddfodau . When the last of his sisters left the old home he moved to live with her and her husband at Ffynnon Fawr . About a year before his death he moved to live with his two sisters at Minawel , where he d. 2 Nov. 1959 . He was buried in his brother John 's grave in Strata Florida . His prize-winning collection of lyrics was included in the Cardiff national eisteddfod volume of adjudications and winning poetry, 1938 , 108-18. A selection of his poems was selected and edited by T. Llew Jones under the title Cerddi Ffair Rhos ( 1959 ).

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

Dafydd Jones (1907-91), Ffair-rhos, Tregaron

Published date: 2001