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Davies, James
1902-1952

Welsh author, often known as 'Kitchener Davies', he was born on 16 June 1902 at Pant Affallen, Cardiganshire. He was brought up at Llwynpiod, apart from a formative year spent with an aunt at Banbury following his mother's death. He took an arts degree and a teaching certificate at Aberystwyth and became a teacher in the Rhondda valley. He was a lay preacher and member of Bethania Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Tonypandy and an active member of Plaid Cymru. His literary reputation as 'one of the most important Welsh writers in the twentieth century' (ODNB) rests on his markedly realistic play Cwm Glo (1934/5), the poetic drama Meini gwagedd and a radio play Sūm y gwynt sy'n chwythu. He died at Trealaw on 25 August 1952. A commemorative plaque was placed on the wall of Llwynpiod Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.

Sources

  • M. Davies, Gwaith James Kitchener Davies (1980)
  • Oxford DNB

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