Famous Welsh Writers

Find out more about the greatest Welsh Writers, including Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis, T. E. Lawrence, Samuel Johnson and Dylan Thomas.

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 1 Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas
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Famous As: Poet & Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Swansea
Died: November 9, 1953

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer and poet who published popular poems, such as Do not go gentle into that good night, which was popularized in the 2014 movie, Interstellar, where Michael Caine's character recites the poem throughout the film. Dylan Thomas achieved tremendous popularity during his lifetime and remains popular after his untimely death at the age of 39.

 2 Robert Owen

Robert Owen
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Birthdate: May 14, 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died: November 17, 1858
While working as an apprentice to a clothes manufacturer, Robert Owen often spent hours reading at his employer’s library. He later explored the textile industry and led a Manchester firm. Remembered as a pioneer of the co-operative movement and utopian socialism, he improved the working conditions of factory workers.
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 3 W. H. Davies

W. H. Davies
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Famous As: British poet
Birthdate: July 3, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport, Wales
Died: September 26, 1940

 4 Julian Cope

Julian Cope
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deri, Caerphilly Deri, Monmouthshire (historic) Monmouthshire, Wales
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 5 Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neyland, Wales

 6 Asser

Asser
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Wales
Died: 0909 AD

 7 Henry Vaughan

Henry Vaughan
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Famous As: Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1621
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brecknockshire
Died: April 23, 1695
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 8 Penelope Mortimer

Penelope Mortimer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhyl, Wales
Died: October 19, 1999

 9 Richard Llewellyn

Richard Llewellyn
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint David’s, Wales
Died: November 30, 1983

 10 Margaret Oliphant Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
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Birthdate: April 4, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 25, 1897

 11 Hester Thrale

Hester Thrale
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 27, 1741
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wales
Died: May 2, 1821

 12 Dafydd ap Gwilym

Dafydd ap Gwilym
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1320 AD
Birthplace: Ceredigion, Wales
Died: 1350 AD

 13 Arthur Symons

Arthur Symons
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford Haven, Wales
Died: January 22, 1945

 14 John Evans

John Evans
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pontypridd

 15 Howard Spring

Howard Spring
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Died: May 3, 1965

 16 William Morgan

William Morgan
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: Penmachno, Wales
Died: September 10, 1604

 17 Thomas Pennant

Thomas Pennant
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Downing, Wales
Died: December 16, 1798

 18 Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Died: September 28, 2014

 19 Daniel Owen

Daniel Owen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 20, 1836
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mold, Wales
Died: October 22, 1895

 20 Elaine Morgan

Elaine Morgan
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Famous As: screenwriter, columnist, author, writer, feminist
Birthdate: November 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontypridd
Died: July 12, 2013

 21 Alun Lewis

Alun Lewis
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cwmaman, Wales
Died: March 5, 1944

 22 Vernon Watkins

Vernon Watkins
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maesteg, Wales
Died: October 8, 1967

 23 Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd

Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 1120 AD
Birthplace: Gwynedd, Wales
Died: 1170 AD

 24 Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts
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Famous As: Welsh writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rhosgadfan, Wales
Died: April 4, 1985

 25 Catherine Tregenna

Catherine Tregenna
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 26 Ann Griffiths

Ann Griffiths
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1776
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, Wales
Died: July 31, 1805

 27 John Ceiriog Hughes

John Ceiriog Hughes
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Wales
Died: April 23, 1887

 28 Owen Morgan Edwards

Owen Morgan Edwards
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 26, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanuwchllyn, Wales
Died: May 15, 1920

 29 William Salesbury

William Salesbury
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Wales
Died: 1584 AD

 30 Owain Cyfeiliog

Owain Cyfeiliog
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1130 AD
Birthplace: Welsh
Died: 1197 AD

 31 John Morris-Jones

John Morris-Jones
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anglesey, Wales
Died: April 16, 1929

 32 Caradoc Evans

Caradoc Evans
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanfihangel ar Arth, Wales
Died: January 11, 1945

 33 Siôn Cent

Siôn Cent
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Brycheiniog, Wales
Died: 1430 AD

 34 Goronwy Owen

Goronwy Owen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 1, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anglesey, Wales
Died: June 30, 1769

 35 Vavasor Powell

Vavasor Powell
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: 1617 AD
Birthplace: Knucklas, Wales
Died: October 27, 1670

 36 T. Gwynn Jones

T. Gwynn Jones
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abergele, Wales
Died: March 7, 1949

 37 Morgan Llwyd

Morgan Llwyd
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: 1619 AD
Birthplace: Merioneth, Wales
Died: June 3, 1659

 38 William Thomas

William Thomas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 3, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: November 20, 1878

 39 Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr

Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1155 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1200 AD

 40 Lewys Glyn Cothi

Lewys Glyn Cothi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Llanybydder, Wales
Died: 1490 AD

 41 William John Gruffydd

William John Gruffydd
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caernarvonshire, Wales
Died: September 29, 1954

 42 Gwalchmai ap Meilyr

Gwalchmai ap Meilyr
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Famous As: Welsh poet
Birthdate: 1130 AD
Birthplace: Wales
Died: 1180 AD

 43 Siôn Dafydd Rhys

Siôn Dafydd Rhys
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Famous As: Welsh grammarian
Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Llanfaethlu, Wales
Died: 1609 AD

 44 Huw Morus

Huw Morus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1622 AD
Birthplace: Llangollen, Wales
Died: July 31, 1709

 45 John Blackwell

John Blackwell
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1797 AD
Birthplace: Mold, Wales
Died: May 19, 1840

 46 Dafydd ab Edmwnd

Dafydd ab Edmwnd
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Hanmer, Wales
Died: 1497 AD

 47 Ebenezer Thomas

Ebenezer Thomas
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: July 31, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Llanarmon, Wales
Died: February 17, 1863

 48 Dafydd Nanmor

Dafydd Nanmor
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Nantmor, Wales
Died: 1490 AD

 49 Evan Evans

Evan Evans
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 20, 1731
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cynhawdref, Wales
Died: August 4, 1788