Lloyd Jones (Welsh writer)

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Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones (born July 14, 1951) is a poet, novelist and photographer. In 2002 he became the first person to walk completely around Wales, a journey of a thousand miles.

Born at Bryn Clochydd, Gwytherin, near Llanrwst, he lives at Abergwyngregyn and has formerly worked on a farm and as a newspaper editor, a lecturer and a mencap nurse.[1] He writes in both Welsh and English. After almost dying from alcoholism he gave up drinking on December 28, 2001.

He is a graduate of Bangor University, with a degree in Welsh and English literature. He has published the following books:

  • Mr Vogel (Seren, 2004), which was based partly on Jones' walk around Wales. It won the McKitterick Prize and was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.
  • Mr Cassini (Seren, 2006), which was partially inspired by his walking across Wales in seven different directions. It won the Wales Book of the Year award in 2007.
  • My First Colouring Book (Seren, 2008), a collection of short stories and essays.
  • See How They Run (Seren, 2012), part of the Mabinogion series.
  • Y Dŵr (Y Lolfa, 2009) a novel about climate change, set in Wales.[2]
  • Y Daith (Y Lolfa, 2014), a fantasy about a walking trip along Offa's Dyke.
  • Water (Y Lolfa, 2014), a translation of Y Dwr.
  • Fflur (Y Lolfa, 2019), a country romance.

He has self-published the following books of poetry:

  • Secret Life of a Postman (2014)
  • Out With It (2016)
  • My life on Tlön (2017)
  • Collected Poems (2019)
  • Selected Poems (2019)

He has also self-published the following volumes of essays:

  • Three Little Things Before I Go
  • When I'm 64

In addition, he has published the following:

  • Bron Haul – the croft on the moors (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, bilingual edition, 2011), a festschrift by three authors telling the story of a small moorland croft.
  • The Dream of the Mouse, a surreal comic novel.

He has also translated a highly successful Welsh novel, O! Tyn y Gorchudd, by Angharad Price:

  • The Life of Rebecca Jones (MacLehose Press, 2014)


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