William Glynne-Jones

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William Glynne-Jones
Born (1907-12-19)19 December 1907
Llanelli, Wales
Died 26 January 1977(1977-01-26) (aged 69)
Occupation Welsh Author- Novelist, Short story writer, Broadcaster and Journalist.
Language English
Nationality Welsh
Spouse Doris Jones (ne Passmore)
Children Edgar Dennis Jones

William Glynne-Jones (1907–1977) was a Welsh author.

Early life and career[edit]

William Glynne-Jones was an Anglo Welsh Novelist, Short story writer,Broadcaster and Journalist. He was born and brought up in Llanelli and went to Llanelly boys County School.

His love of literature and his childhood desire to be a writer was fed by the books read in Llanelli library. He had to work between the ages of 16 and 36 as a steel foundry ‘moulder’ at the Glanmor Foundry. After cycling home and having a tin bath he tapped away in the evenings at his typewriter. He was a fluent Welsh speaker. He coped with the physical handicap of a cleft palate and hare lip and overcame a speech impediment all his life.

He was released from the foundry, on medical grounds while his wife and son remained initially in Wales, in 1943. He went to pursue his ambition to earn his living as a free lance writer and novelist in London.

His timeless stories for children and adults were broadcast weekly on Children's hour and regularly on the mid morning story hour by the BBC.

He wrote under the exact pen name of William Glynne-Jones. He did this not through ostentation but to distinguish himself from other contemporary Anglo Welsh writers with similar names.


William Glynne-Jones succeeded in bringing to life the robust, full blooded lives and relationships which exist between people who have to work hard and dangerously, and their families.

William Glynne-Jones wrote with fidelity and deep feeling about may aspects of life in industrial 1920's South Wales, most notably the steel foundries. He interpreted the Llanelli area in particular, to those who lived there as well as to outsiders

All Wiliam Glynne-Jones' work is absorbing, creative, powerful literature.

His stories are valuable appreciations of people in their environment and literary landscape. They capture a corner of unique special Welsh history. They captivate the reader with pathos, nostalgia,ambition and imagination.

They particularly recollect a childhood world of innocence, and adventure surrounded by poverty. They represent powerful lessons for people and children today. They are vivid, moving and humorous. Many have brilliant twist endings.

His circle of literary friends, acquaintances,and correspondents included:- Glyn Jones, Doris Lessing, Somerset Maugham, LG Strong, George Ewart Evans, Gareth Hughes (Hollywood silent screen star and 1st Cousin),Professor Gwyn Jones, Gwyn Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Brian Forbes (Film actor and director), Emyr Humphreys( author), Clifford Evans (film and TV star), Dr Thomas Jones CH, Emlyn Williams, Richard Burton.


William Glynne-Jones' published work includes 4 major novels,12 books for children, Welsh short story collections, and School Readers (short stories)for children.

He also wrote hundreds more short stories, magazine articles and broadcasts.

A full list of his published work is below. Much more however remains unpublished in many manuscripts.


  • Farewell Innocence Werner Laurie 1950;
  • Farewell Innocence (Reprint) Pan Books 1973;
  • Ride the White Stallion Werner Laurie 1951;
  • Summer Long Ago Peter Nevill 1954;
  • The Childhood Land B.T.Batsford 1960;

Short stories[edit]

Welsh Stories He Who had Eaten of the Eagle William Maclellan 1948

Children's books[edit]

  • Grandpa Blanchard’s Partisans- Alliance Press 1944;
  • Brecon Adventure- Lutterworth Press 1946;
  • Brecon Adventure (Reprint)- Lutterworth Press 1951;
  • The Runaway Train- Lutterworth Press 1945;
  • The Mouse and the Cuckoo in the Clock- Charles Skilton 1947;
  • Dennis & Co- Frederick Warne 1947;
  • Pennants on the Main- Frederick Warne 1950;
  • The Trail of Frozen Gold- George G. Harrap 1949;
  • The Magic Forefinger- T.V.Boardman 1949;
  • Legends of the Welsh Hills- A.R Mowbray 1957;
  • Old Time Tales- A.R Mowbray 1959;
  • The Fox’s Cunning- A.R Mowbray 1962;
  • Holiday Adventure- Spring Books 1959; *

School readers[edit]

  • The Golden Boy Blackie & Son 1951 (Kingfisher Books Third Series);
  • If Pigs Had Wings Blackie & Son 1954 (Kingfisher Books Third Series);
  • The Buccaneers Thomas Nelson (Nelson’s Speedwell Readers);
  • Yukon Gold Tomas Nelson (Nelson’s Speedwell Readers);

Magazine contributions[edit]

  • Strand Magazine
  • Lilliput
  • Chambers’s Journal
  • Welsh Review
  • Welsh Short Stories ( 1959)
  • Welsh Life
  • Pick of Today’s Short Stories,
  • Wales,
  • New Short Stories 1945-46,
  • Dock Leaves,
  • The Fortnightly,
  • West Country,
  • Modern Reading,
  • Our time,
  • Courier,
  • Adam,
  • Argosy (U.S.A),
  • Esquire (U.S.A),
  • New Masses (U.S.A),
  • Tomorrow (U.S.A),
  • Outspan (South Africa),
  • Milady (South Africa),
  • Spotlight (South Africa),
  • British Ally (Moscow),
  • Arabic Listener,
  • Evening News,
  • The People,
  • Evening Standard,
  • The Western Mail,
  • Anvil,
  • She
  • Cork Weekly Examiner,
  • Birmingham Post,
  • Weekend,
  • Celtic Story,
  • Grey Walls Stories,
  • Forum,
  • Trident,
  • Mayfair,
  • Curious,
  • Queen,
  • Saturday Saga,
  • Million,
  • Christian Science Monitor,
  • The Holiday Book,
  • B.B.C,
  • South African Broadcasting Co.,
  • New Zealand Broadcasting Service,
  • Australia Broadcasting Co.,


William Glynne-Jones was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Atlantic award for literature in 1946 for £300.

He was immensely proud when awarded a medals from University of Southern Mississippi in 1970 1976 and 1979 for his contribution to children’s literature. He donated to the 'De Grummond'Collection http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum/public_html/html/research/findaids/DG0375.html

His name appears on the Jan 1982 National Geographic magazine map of Novelists of the British Isles. Also in the Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales and Author and Writers Who's Who.


William Glynne-Jones leaves a fruitful legacy in an orchard of absorbing and powerful literary nourishment.

This almost forgotten Genius of Welsh Literature deserves to be widely read and recognised


  1. Phil Carradice BBC article
  2. Llanelli Miscellany 2014 and 2015