W. J. Griffith was a renowned short-story writer. In 1924, under the influence of E. Morgan Humphreys, Griffith began writing short stories for ‘Y Genedl Gymreig’, a radical Welsh weekly. In the same year he won the ‘Genedl’ eisteddfod prize with ‘Eos y Pentan’ and his reputation was assured in 1925 when ‘Yr Hen Siandri’ appeared in the paper. His stories, though hilarious, were not only comic in tone. They were packed with rural descriptions and always observed through the eyes of a countryman. In 1938, T. Rowland Hughes compiled a volume of his famous tales under the title ‘Storïau'r Henllys Fawr ‘; this publication contains some of the most jovial stories ever written in the Welsh language.