File 1/1. - Ballads and poem,

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Ballads and poem,


  • [?1960x1979]-[1988x1994] (Creation)

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Meic Stephens, poet and editor, was born in Trefforest and educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Rennes. From 1962 to 1966, he taught French in Ebbw Vale. He established The Triskel Press at Merthyr Tydfil, where he lived at the time, and also launched the periodical Poetry Wales, which he edited from 1965 until 1973; also served for a year on the staff of the Western Mail. In 1967, Stephens was appointed Literary Director with the Welsh Arts Council. He published his first poetic works in Triad (1963). His work Linguistic Minorities in Western Europe (Llandysul, 1976) involved a detailed study of culture and politics in sixteen European states. Amongst the works edited by Stephens are an anthology of Anglo-Welsh poetry titled The Lilting House (with John Stuart Williams, London and Llandybïe, 1969), Artists in Wales (three volumes, Llandysul, 1971, 1973, 1977), the Writers of Wales series (with R. Brinley Jones, 1970- ), the poetic anthology Green Horse (with Peter Finch, Swansea, 1978), and Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986).

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Typescripts of two ballads by Meic Stephens, [?1960x1979], one entitled 'A Nation Once Again' and the other called 'The Bad Old Days'; together with a poem, [1988x1994], under the heading 'They were two fellers from Gwent . . . .', annotated with the name 'Siâms y Bwlch' and 'This appeared in "Y Cyfnod", Y Bala'.

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The initial dates of the file are surmised from the possible dates when Meic Stephens may have written the two ballads, whilst the final dates are surmised from the fact that the poem is stated as having appeared in Y Cyfnod which only began publication in 1988.


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