NAFOW Calgary 2016

NAFOW Calgary 2016

MEMORIAL TO: David Emrys James (Dewi Emrys 1881-1952)

 David Emrys James (Dewi Emrys 1881-1952) was born at New Quay in Cardiganshire but was brought up at Rhosycaerau, Pembrokeshire.His first job was in journalism but he later studied at the Presbyterian College in Carmarthen and became an Independent minister, holding pastorates at Dowlais, Buckley, Pontypridd and in London. He returned to journalism in 1918 remaining in London but returned to Wales in 1940 and settled at Talgarreg, Cardiganshire. He is buried in the graveyard of Pisgah chapel. He won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod in 1926 and the Chair on four occasions between 1929 and 1948. Two volumes of his Welsh verse appeared during his lifetime, Y Cwm Unig (1929) and Cerddi’r Bwthyn in 1950. A commemorative collection, Wedi Storom, was published in 1965. He published a volume of poems in English, as David James, in 1928 entitled Rhymes of the Road. His most famous poem is Pwllderi, written in the Welsh dialect of northern Pembrokeshire and it is a couplet from this poem that is inscribed on the memorial stone.

Inscriptions: Raised letters on bronze plate on upper front face of stone: DEWI EMRYS / 1879-1959 Raised letters on bronze plate on lower front face of stone: A THINA’R MEDDILIE SY’N DWAD ICHI / PAN FOCH CHI’N ISHTE UWCHBEN PWLLDERI (Trans. And these are the thoughts that come to you / When you sit above Pwllderi)

[SOURCE: Dictionary of Welsh Biography]


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