He began to dabble in poetry at an early age and he contributed verses to Cymru'r Plant when he was quite young. In 1924 , at the national eisteddfod held at Pontypool , he won the crown for his poem ‘ Atgof ’, a poem which was unusual in its form and its content and which caused a stir at the time. He took the surname Rhys when he m. Mary Prudence Hughes , of Aberystwyth in 1928 ; they had one daughter. In 1928 he began to publish books and founded Gwasg Aberystwyth , a press which grew year by year and which was acquired after his death by J.D. Lewis & Sons , Llandysul . The Welsh Books Club which he also established flourished under his management.
In 1923 he published with J.T. Jones a joint volume of verse, Gwaed Ifanc ( Hughes & Son ). No further poems of his were published except in periodicals or on the radio until the appearance of Cerddi Prosser Rhys from Gwasg Gee in 1950 . Though he was a good poet his name is more likely to live as editor and publisher . He was a member of Plaid Cymru from its inception and his nationalist spirit was soon manifested on the pages of Y Faner , though he was not given a free and unfettered run until Y Faner was moved back to its old home in Denbigh in Jan. 1939 . Through his weekly column ‘ Led-led Cymru ’ in Y Faner he became friendly with many whom he would never have known in any other way. He was at heart a countryman, and was at his best writing about country characters and writers. As a publisher he attracted some of the leading Welsh writers to use his press for publishing their works. He also published school books .
Katherine Williams (‘Kate Roberts’), D.Litt., (1891-1985), Denbigh
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001