Marion Eames

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Marion Eames (born Gwladys Marion Griffith Eames;[1] 5 February 1921 – 3 April 2007) was a Welsh novelist writing mainly in Welsh.[2]

Early life[edit]

Marion was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, of Welsh parents, but she was brought up from the age of four at Dolgellau, Merionethshire (Sir Feirionnydd), where she attended Dr Williams's School. A talented musician, who played the harp and the piano, she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Marion worked as a librarian in Dolgellau, then at Aberystwyth University before becoming a radio producer with the BBC in Cardiff. She was an early scriptwriter for the long-running Welsh soap Pobol Y Cwm. She also served for a time as a regional organizer for Plaid Cymru. In 1955 she married the Quaker journalist Griffith Williams.


Eames's best-known work is Y Stafell Ddirgel (1969, translated into English by Margaret Phillips as The Secret Room, 1975). This was later made into a BBC television drama series,[3] and has been reprinted in both languages. Other works by Eames include I hela cnau (1978, in English The Golden Road, 1990) A follow-up novel to Y Stafell Ddirgel was Y Rhandir Mwyn (The Fair Wilderness).[4] Her autobiography was published in 1995.