File NLW MS 21711E. - Letters to Elwyn Davies

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NLW MS 21711E.


Letters to Elwyn Davies


  • 1934-1981 (Creation)

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128 ff. ; 335 x 229 mm.

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Raymond Garlick (1926-2011), Anglo-Welsh poet and critic, was born on 21 September 1926 in Harlesden, London, but was sent to live with relatives in Llandudno as a schoolboy. He learnt Welsh whilst studying English at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Garlick married Elin Hughes in 1948 (they divorced in 1977); the couple adopted two children, Iestyn in 1952 and Angharad in 1958. In April 1949 he went to teach English at Pembroke Dock County School under Roland Mathias. There he was a co-founder of the literature periodical Dock Leaves (from 1958 the Anglo-Welsh Review), and its first editor, 1949-1960. In 1954 he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where his neighbour was John Cowper Powys. In 1961 Garlick joined the International School at Eerde in the Netherlands. The family returned to Wales in 1967 when Garlick took up a position at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He eventually became Principal Lecturer in charge of the Welsh Studies course. He retired in 1987 but continued to live in Carmarthen. He died in Cardiff on 19 March 2011, aged 84. Garlick published several volumes of poetry including Poems from the Mountain-House (London, 1950), The Welsh-Speaking Sea (Tenby, 1954), Requiem for a Poet (Tenby, 1954), Blaenau Observed (Tenby, 1957), A Sense of Europe (Llandysul, 1968), A Sense of Time: Poems and Antipoems 1969-1972 (Llandysul, 1972), Incense (Llandysul, 1976), Collected Poems 1946-86 (Llandysul, 1987), and Travel Notes (Llandysul, 1992). Garlick's contribution as a champion of Anglo-Welsh literature includes the critical treatise An Introduction to Anglo-Welsh Literature (Cardiff, 1970), and the anthology Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1480-1980, ed. by Raymond Garlick and Roland Mathias (Bridgend, 1984).

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The Welsh Office development project on the use of the literature of Wales in secondary schools was administrated by the Welsh Academy with funds provided by the Welsh Office. The project's director was Dr Roland Mathias and the members of the project team were Cary Archard, John Davies, Sally Roberts Jones and Dr. R. Brinley Roberts. The progress of the project team were supervised by a steering group which consisted of Ann Sayer, English teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf; Mr Gerald Morgan, Headmaster of Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig, Aberystwyth; and Arthur Parker of the Welsh Joint Education Committee. Meic Stephens served as chairman of the steering group, the Welsh Office was represented by Sam Adams (SI) and Julian Pritchard, and the Academy by its officer, Ceri George. A report was published in 1986.

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Elwyn Davies; Bunnick, The Netherlands; Purchase (with NLW MSS 21712-3A); 1981.

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Letters to Elwyn Davies, translator and poet, from literary friends. They contain personal news and observations on the correspondents' own writing, on Anglo-Welsh literature and on current affairs in Wales. The main correspondents are Raymond Garlick (44) 1963-1980, Glyn Jones (23) 1934, 1944-1981, and Roland Mathias (7) 1965-1972.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

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  • English

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See also NLW MS 23176D, containing over sixty letters, 1969-1993, from Elwyn Davies to Raymond Garlick, constituting the other half of the correspondence contained in this volume; and NLW MS 23134D, containing letters, 1981-1993, to Elwyn Davies from Raymond Garlick and Glyn Jones, constituting a continuation of this correspondence.

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Photographs of some of the correspondents have been transferred to NLW Special Collections.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 21711E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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April 2008.


  • English



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Description compiled by Bethan Ifans

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