He began writing at a young age winning in many local eisteddfodau and as many as 13 prizes in the national eisteddfod . He is mainly remembered, however, as the author of the following adventure novels for children in Welsh: Ynys y trysor ( 1925 ); Plant y Fron ( 1926 ); Atgofion hen forwr ( 1926 ); Capten ( 1928 ); Mêt y Mona ( 1929 ); Dirgelwch y Cwm ( 1929 ); Ogof yr ysbïwyr ( 1933 ) and Ym Môr y De ( 1936 ). He learnt a great deal about life at sea from his father and spent much of his childhood on the busy Porthmadog quayside watching the ships and questioning the sailors . He read with zest the works of R.L. Stevenson , Ballantyne , Henty and others and all of this became raw material for his own novels later. He also contributed to Cymru'r Plant and to denominational publications such as Y Drysorfa and Y Goleuad . At the time his novels and stories filled a considerable gap in writing in Welsh for children. In addition he published 24 popular, short one-act plays in Welsh entitled: Y pymtheg mil , Y walet , Y census , Nos Sadwrn , Y doctor , Yr etifedd , Y basgedi , Dau ben blwydd , Wyt ti'n cofio? , Arian modryb , Y troseddwr , Anghofio , Brawd a chwaer , Croeso , Y drws agored , Gweinidog Tabor , Y gwir a'r golau , Pan oeddym fechgyn , Rhiannon , Safle , Y scwlmis , Santa Clôs a'i fab , Y tair chwaer , Teulu'r Gelli . It was he who was mainly responsible for forming the Drama Society of North Wales in Caernarfon in 1929 , which was to function as a branch of the Welsh Drama Union . He served several times as an adjudicator in the Urdd Gobaith Cymru national eisteddfod .
He was twice m.: (1) in 1906 to Elin Alice Jones , Minffordd (d. 1942 ), and three sons were born to them; (2) in 1944 to Sarah Roberts , Bethesda (d. 1962 ). He d. at Tre-garth 3 Feb. 1959 and was buried at Coetmor cemetery , Bethesda .
Arwyn Lloyd Hughes, Llandaf
Published date: 2001