She wrote her first novel, Rhamant o Ben y Rhos ( 1907 ), for Llwyn-yr-hwrdd eisteddfod ; it was re-published as Rhamant y Rhos ( 1918 ). By that time she had profited from the cultural opportunities of the city of Cardiff , and attendance at meetings of the Anglo-French society where she became acquainted with the stories of Alphonse Daudet , describing life in his native locality. Eventually ‘ Moelona 's’ translations of Daudet 's works were published in various magazines such as Cymru ( 1916 ) — Sir O.M. Edwards had encouraged her to write — Y Wawr ( 1917 ), and in a book, Y wers olaf ( 1921 ). Several essays and stories were published while she was in Cardiff , including Teulu bach Nantoer ( 1913 ) and Bugail y Bryn ( 1917 ).
In 1914 she began contributing a children's column to the weekly newspaper, Y Darian , under the editorship of J. Tywi Jones (see below) , minister of Glais , whom she m. in 1917 . She then took up lecturing for a while, but returned to writing essays , novels for children , Welsh books for schools , girls’ novels , such as Breuddwydion Myfanwy ( 1928 ) and Beryl ( 1931 ), as well as other books. These works are characterised by a love for her own language, and enthusiasm for the education and provision of opportunities for women. Some of her books, especially Ffynnonloyw ( 1939 ), reflect very effectively the social characteristics of the society in which she was brought up, though she merely intended relating a story rather than portray society.
In 1935 J. Tywi Jones retired and they moved to New Quay, Cards. He d. in 1948 . ‘ Moelona ’ retained an interest in the chapel and eisteddfod until her death in New Quay on 5 June 1953 . They had no children. She was buried in Hawen cemetery , Rhydlewis .
David Jenkins, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001