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WATKIN-JONES , ELIZABETH ( 1887 - 1966 ), author of children's books ;

born 13 July 1887 in Nefyn, Caerns. , the only daughter of Henry and Jane Parry . Her father was a sea captain who was drowned in South America before his daughter saw him. She was educated in the school in Nefyn , Pwllheli county school , and in the Normal College , Bangor , and then became an infants teacher in Aberdare , Onllwyn , Porthmadog , Trefriw , and Nefyn . She m. John Watkin-Jones in Feb. 1916 . After World War I , she lived for a short time in Merthyr before returning to Nefyn in 1920 , when her husband was appointed headteacher there.

She started to write stories in English for children's publications, such as Chicks' Own , Bubbles and Fairyland Tales , before she turned to writing in Welsh . Between 1939 and 1949 , she won many prizes in the National Eisteddfod for novels and stories and short plays for children: she contributed often to Tywysydd y Plant , Trysorfa'r Plant , Y Winllan , Cymru'r Plant , Yr Athro , and especially to the comic Hwyl . She wrote many scripts for the B.B.C. 's programmes for children, and short plays for the children of Soar Independent chapel , Nefyn . In addition to Pwt a Moi ( 1953 ), Onesimus ( 1947 ), and three other books of short plays published in 1947 , she published seven novels or historical stories for children — Plant y Mynachdy ( 1939 ) — (her own favourite), Luned Bengoch ( 1946 ), Y Cwlwm Cêl ( 1947 ), Y Dryslwyn ( 1947 ), Esyllt ( 1951 ), Lois ( 1955 ), and ‘ Lowri ’ in Storïau Ias a Chyffro ( 1951 ). Every one of these, with the exception of Y Dryslwyn , is set in Nefyn , and together they ensure for their author a place in the front rank of authors of books in Welsh for children .

She d. on 9 June 1966 , and was cremated in the crematorium in Colwyn Bay , where her ashes lie.

Sources:

  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) 13 June 1966 ;
  • Wenna Davies Hughes in Athro Arfon , No. 3, Dec. 1969 , 30-2;
  • information from H. J. Jones, Llangybi ;
  • [ Mairwen and Gwynn Jones , Dewiniaid Difyr llenorion plant Cymru hyd tua 1950 (Llandysul, 1983) , 1983 ].

Author:

Bedwyr Lewis Jones (1933-92), Bangor

Published date: 2001