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Local History Talk - Gwyrosydd: the story of Daniel James, the poet who wrote Calon Lân'

Discover more in our free local history talks in Swansea Central Library.

14 Mar 2020
2.00PM. Until 3.00pm.
This event is free.
Swansea Central Library
Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN. The event is being held in the Discovery Room on the first floor of the library.

This talk by Rhian Rees marks the centenary of the death of Daniel James on 16 March 1920. 

Almost everyone in Wales recognises the hymn 'Calon Lân', usually these days from hearing it on television, or in the rugby stadium, rather than in chapel. The writer was Gwyrosydd: his given name was Daniel James, and he was a Swansea boy who became a household name in Wales. He was an exceptional man who on the one hand lived the life of a Victorian labouring man, but on the other was fêted and celebrated for his writing by the most eminent judges of Welsh literature of the time. Three books of his poetry were published, and innumerable other poems appeared in various newspapers, but he never made any serious money and died a poor man.

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