(July 6 1913
– April 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.