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Roland Mathias Papers,
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'A niche for Dylan Thomas'

Typescript copies of 'A merry manshape (or Dylan Thomas at a distance)', [1950x1970]; and 'A niche for Dylan Thomas', [1973], which appears to be an earlier draft of the article published in Poetry Wales, vol. 9, no. 2 (Autumn 1973).

A ride through the wood

The file mainly comprises typescript drafts, [1977]-1985, of some of the articles which appeared in A ride through the wood : essays on Anglo-Welsh literature, (Bridgend, 1985), including essays on David Jones, Alun Lewis, and Emyr Humphreys. Also included is a reprint of the article 'David Jones - towards the 'holy diversities'' from Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (1981); and a printed copy of the Annual Gwyn Jones lecture, The lonely editor: a glance at Anglo-Welsh magazines (Cardiff, 1984).

Anglo-Welsh poetry : 1480-1980

Papers, [c. 1983], relating to Anglo-Welsh poetry : 1480-1980 (Bridgend, 1984). Also included are typescripts and photocopies of poems which may have been accumulated during the compilation of this volume.

Articles etc. about Roland Mathias

Typescript and printed copies, 1983, of the entry for Roland Mathias by Michael J. Collins in the Dictionary of literary biography: British poets since World War II; together with copies of a leaflet about the writer and his work produced by Yr Academi Gymreig, 1981; a typescript copy of the article 'Roland Mathias: 'The strong remembered words'' by Jeremy Hooker, published in Poetry Wales, 1985; a profile of Roland Mathias also by Jeremy Hooker, which appeared in The New Welsh Review, 1989; press cuttings [?1971] and 1978; and photographs of Roland Mathias, 1978.

Caterham School

The file contains cuttings from the Caterham School magazine, 1926-1938. Also included are essays by Roland Mathias, 1930-1933, whilst at Caterham and Jesus College, Oxford; together with reports, fees and receipts, 1925-1938, mostly relating to his schooldays (with some pertaining to his time at Jesus College); and a school prospectus, [1936-1940].


Correspondence, 1954-1966 (with gaps), including draft letters by Roland Mathias, relating to The Anglo-Welsh Review, including letters concerning financial support, and material, for the periodical. Among the correspondents are Bernard Rands (3); Elwyn Davies (3); Alun Llewellyn; D. Tecwyn Lloyd; Bedwyr Lewis Jones; Roy Bohana; and Alun Hoddinott. The file also contains statements of sales and royalties, 1973, and statements of income and expenditure, 1973-1976, and a booklet describing the constitution, history and finances of the Dock Leaves Press and The Anglo-Welsh Review.

Rands, Bernard


Letters sent to Roland Mathias, together with a number of draft letters and replies by him; some are also addressed to Molly Mathias. They consist of letters from family and friends, and those which relate to his professional career as teacher and headmaster, including some regarding applications for posts and testimonials by, and for, Roland Mathias. In addition, numerous letters pertain to his literary career, in particular his work with The Anglo-Welsh Review and the Dock Leaves Press (including some statements of income and expenditure and balance sheets of the Dock Leaves Press), and as a member of the Welsh Arts Council and Yr Academi Gymreig.

Correspondence : 1941

Includes personal and official letters and papers relating to Roland Mathias's case as a conscientious objector (medical examination and imprisonment).

Correspondence : 1942

Includes official and personal letters and papers relating to Roland Mathias's case as a conscientious objector; and letters regarding the publication of a collection of his poems, including an agreement with the publishers.

Correspondence : 1943

Includes letters from Glyn Jones; and Wil Ifan (addressesd to Rev. Evan Mathias). Some letters pertain to Roland Mathias's contribution to a March on the mountains, and his volume of poetry Days enduring.

Jones, Glyn, 1905-1995

Correspondence : 1944

Includes telegrams and cards regarding the wedding of Roland and Molly Mathias. A printed article, 'To Conscientious Objectors imprisoned for refusing medical examination', is also enclosed.

Correspondence : 1945

Includes letters from the Central Board for Conscientious Objectors (4); Michael Gardner; and Glyn Jones (2). One letter contains cuttings about Caradoc Evans following his death, and some relate to applications made by Roland Mathias for teaching posts.

Gardner, Michael

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