By Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
Welsh Writing, Political motion and Incarceration examines the criminal literature of convinced iconic Welsh authors whose political lives and artistic writings are associated with principles approximately Wales and the Welsh language, the character of political activism, and the functionality of incarceration.
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Extra info for Welsh Writing, Political Action and Incarceration: Branwen’s Starling
At the same time Lewis was building a political career. In 1925 he co-founded Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru [the National Party of Wales aka Plaid Cymru] (Jarman, 1975: 103), having become convinced of the cause of Welsh nationalism by his experiences as a frontline officer in the trenches of World War I and through his reading of Irish and European literature. He quickly became its second president in 1926, succeeding Lewis Valentine. Lewis threw himself into the task of laying the intellectual and organisational foundations necessary to the creation of any new political party.
Following a private education at Liscard High School for Boys, he studied English at the University of Liverpool in 1911. : 128). Lewis gave a contemporary account of his experiences at the front in the Welsh language newspaper ‘Y Cymro’ (23rd and 30th July 1917) and in later life he was often quite nostalgic about it. According to Lewis, it was during this time in France that he first read the novels of Maurice Barrès (Lewis, 1924) and came under the influence of ethnic nationalist thought (Cullen, 1994).
Ni allai Myrddin Tomos ysgrifennu na llyfr na llythyr (PB ( , 120). [Were the prisoner to write a letter to his parents or to his friends then that would be an escape. But he had neither paper nor pen nor ink. ] Elsewhere in the text, Gwenallt puts it more lyrically in saying that Myrddin Tomos was mute like a bird in a cage, throwing itself against the bars, but unable to sing (PB, 119). Together, this seems something of an explanation on Gwenallt’s part for the delay between his imprisonment 26 Welsh Writing, Political Action and Incarceration and the writing of Plasau’r Brenin, or any other work on the experience.