File EAR1/1 - General correspondence: Meic Stephens

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General correspondence: Meic Stephens


  • 1968, April-1969, September (Creation)

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Meic Stephens, poet and editor, was born in Trefforest and educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Rennes. From 1962 to 1966, he taught French in Ebbw Vale. He established The Triskel Press at Merthyr Tydfil, where he lived at the time, and also launched the periodical Poetry Wales, which he edited from 1965 until 1973; also served for a year on the staff of the Western Mail. In 1967, Stephens was appointed Literary Director with the Welsh Arts Council. He published his first poetic works in Triad (1963). His work Linguistic Minorities in Western Europe (Llandysul, 1976) involved a detailed study of culture and politics in sixteen European states. Amongst the works edited by Stephens are an anthology of Anglo-Welsh poetry titled The Lilting House (with John Stuart Williams, London and Llandybïe, 1969), Artists in Wales (three volumes, Llandysul, 1971, 1973, 1977), the Writers of Wales series (with R. Brinley Jones, 1970- ), the poetic anthology Green Horse (with Peter Finch, Swansea, 1978), and Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986).

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The file comprises mainly of correspondence, 1968-1969, relating to the preliminary meeting and other early meetings of the English Language Section of the Academi. The preliminary meeting was arranged by Meic Stephens and the file includes invitations sent out by him, letters of reply, and letters commenting on this first meeting. The file also includes letters inviting writers to become members of the Academi, their replies and lists of those writers who have accepted or declined membership. There are a few references to discussions about the establishment of a new English language literary magazine, an idea which was rejected for the time being. There are letters from and references to, many prominent Anglo-Welsh and Welsh language writers including Dannie Abse, Alison Bielski, W. H. Boore, Alexander Cordell, Brenda Chamberlain, Tony Conran, Rhys Davies, Tudor David, Menna Gallie, Bryn Griffiths, Peter Gruffydd, Raymond Garlick, Ll. Wyn Griffith, Gwenallt, Cledwyn Hughes, Richard Hughes, Emyr Humphreys, A. G. Prys Jones, David Jones, Dedwydd Jones, Glyn Jones, Gwyn Jones, Jack Jones, John Idris Jones, Sally Roberts Jones, Bill Meilen, Gerald Morgan, Robert Morgan, Roland Mathias, Leslie Norris, John Ormond, Alun Owen, D. Parry-Jones, Cecil Price, Alun Richards, Gwyn Thomas, R. S. Thomas, John Tripp, Aled Vaughan, Richard Vaughan, Harri Webb, Gwyn Williams, Herbert Williams, John Stuart Williams and Raymond Williams.

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  • Text: EAR1/1 (30).