An article by Jinsy from Penyrallt Fach Cottage
The Teifi Valley has recently been the focus of a number of events held to celebrate the centenary of the renowned Welsh author and poet T. Llew Jones (1915 -2009).
He spent his childhood in the village of Pentre-Cwrt, near LLandysul, having been born in a cottage called Iet Wen (WhiteGate) which no longer exists. He later lived in the cottage Bwlch Melyn which is near Derw Mill, in Pentre -Cwrt. This house now has a plaque on the front to commemorate the author.
The local community has marked the centenary by erecting information plaques on the square in Pentre-Cwrt and at Pont Alltcafan and also in the village of Coed-y-Bryn.
T. Llew (as he was known) was the son of a weaver and when his father died he was forced at the age of 16 to become the principle bread-winner in the family. After serving in the 2nd World War he returned to Wales and trained as a teacher working in Ceredigion.
He went on to write more than 100 books and won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in 1958 and 1959.
He was best known as a children’s author and his books have become some the best-loved classics in the Welsh language.
One of his books ‘Tan ar y Comin’ (‘Fire on the Common’) was made into feature film called in 1993 being filmed in both English and Welsh. The English version was called ‘A Christmas Reunion”. The film was directed by Carol Byrne-Jones and the Hollywood actor and director David Hemmings. It starred Edward Woodward and James Coburn. The story concerned a gypsy boy and his horses making their way in the world.
Both the English and Welsh versions are regularly shown on television.
The locations for the film were to be found all around the area of Pentre-Cwrt, including Penyrallt Home Farm, Newcastle Emlyn and various other locations near Cwm-Hiraeth.
During filming T. Llew came to visit the set at Penyrallt Home Farm where he had played as a child. He was delighted to be able to see the filming of his story.
T. Llew was a son of the Teifi Valley and wrote of his memories of a time when the wool mills were in full production in the small villages like Pentre-Cwrt employing hundreds of people and when there was a community of the kind that has disappeared in the 21st century.