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Novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was born Peggy Eileen Arabella Whistler in Uxbridge, London, but moved to Bridstow near Ross-on-Wye in 1920. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron. Her first novel, Country Dance, was published in 1932, followed by three further novels, The Wooden Doctor (1933), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). Margiad Evans also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952), a collection of short stories entitled The Old and the Young (1948), and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956).