File C/2 - John Ormond

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John Ormond


  • 1969x1990 (Creation)

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1 folder (2 cm.)

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The English Language Section of the Academi organised an evening to celebrate the work of Gwyn Thomas entitled 'Laughter before Nightfall (or The Man who Rubbed the Rainbow)'. The evening was directed by John Ormond and was presented by Gerald James and Ray Smith on 18 May at the Sherman Theatre.

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John Ormond (1923-1990) was born in Dunvant and educated at Swansea Grammar School and the University College of Swansea. He was employed as a staff writer for the Picture Post in London, and sub-editor of the South Wales Evening Post in Swansea, before embarking on a career with the BBC in Wales, initially as a news assistant and later as a renowned producer and director of documentary films. Although his poems were published in the volume Indications (1943), he stopped writing for some years until the 1960s, and destroyed most of his early verse. He was a close friend of Glyn Jones.

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The file includes manuscript and typescript copies of poems by John Ormond, 1969x1975, which appear to have been presented as gifts to Glyn Jones; copies of the script, 'Laughter before nightfall (or The man who rubbed the rainbow)', presented by Yr Academi Gymreig; a tribute to Graham Sutherland by John Ormond, 1980; press cuttings of obituaries of John Ormond, 1990, and copies of tributes by Glyn Jones and Dai Smith, 1990.

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Preferred citation: C/2

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  • Text: C/2 (30).