Writers of Wales

10 December 2011 - February 2013

Angharad Tomos

Rala Rwdins, Y Dewin Dwl, Ceridwen and Strempan - we must thank Angharad Tomos for these wonderful characters! Not only did she write the stories in which they appeared, she also illustrated each of the stories.

This special exhibition will reveal more about Angharad Tomos' life and work in the form of manuscripts, cartoons, newspaper cuttings, models and photographs. Take a closer look at her life, and admire her craft as a talented writer and learn more about the occasions she spent in prison following tireless campaigns on behalf of Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

David Jones

David Jones' wartime experience on the Western Front had a great influence on his painting and poetry. He joined the London Welsh Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1915 and served with them until 1918. Nearly 20 years later, after a long period of writing, he published In Parenthesis. This was his first long composition, now regarded as one of the greatest poems of the 20th century. The poem charts David Jones' experiences of the First World War from call up to the ferocious Battle of Mametz Wood on the Somme.

This exhibition includes some of the earliest manuscripts of the poem, In Parenthesis, and also reveals aspects of David Jones' personal life that were influential in his art work and literature.

Take a closer look at some of David Jones' most famous watercolours and inscriptions, personal letters from T. S. Eliot and Clarissa Eden, sketches, photographs and much more.