Defining the texts that could be considered ‘Welsh Writing in English’ can be difficult and some texts are easier to define than others. Dylan Thomas and R.S. Thomas are perhaps some of the most well known authors in this tradition, however, there are many other writers to uncover.
Let’s take Lynette Roberts for example – born in South America, educated in Bournemouth, yet her most important modernist poetry was written whilst she lived in rural Carmarthenshire during the Second World War and the influence of Wales in her work is undeniable.
In one sense, Welsh Writing in English texts are those written in the English language by Welsh authors. However, the tradition branches out further – to include authors with Welsh parentage, connections to Wales or those who currently live in Wales. The authors’ backgrounds are diverse yet they all have one thing in common – a passion to creatively express what it means to be Welsh.