Gwyn Thomas (novelist)

Gwyn Thomas (novelist)

Gwyn Thomas (July 6 1913April 13 1981) was a Welsh writer who has been called 'the true voice of the English-speaking valleys'.


Gwyn Thomas was born in Porth in the Rhondda Valley, the son of a coalminer. He studied Spanish at Oxford University, and also spent six months at the University of Madrid thanks to a miners' scholarship. He also taught at the WEA in South Wales before becoming a schoolteacher.

A prolific novelist and short-story writer, he became a full-time writer and broadcaster in 1962.

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