- David John Williams
Williams was born in Rhydcymerau, Carmarthenshire. He studied English at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and Jesus College, Oxford. For most of his life he taught English at the grammar school in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
A socialist, he was one of the founders of Plaid Cymru, the Welsh National Party, in 1925. He took part, with Saunders Lewis and Lewis Valentine, in the symbolic burning of a bombing school at Penyberth in north-west Wales in 1936. As a result he spent nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison.
Williams was a short story writer of renown and also the author of two volumes of autobiography. All his work is inspired by his vision of his native locality, of a close-knit community where common values give worth to all.
He died in 1970 at Rhydcymerau, Carmarthenshire.
- Hen wynebau ("Old faces"), 1934. A portrait of his native locality.
- Storïau'r tir ("Stories of the land"), 1936, 1941, 1949. A series of three volumes of short stories.
- Hen dŷ ffarm ("The old farmhouse"), 1953. Autobiography.
- Yn chwech ar hugain oed ("When I was twenty-six years old"). 1959. Autobiography.
- Y gaseg ddu ("The black mare"), 1970. Short stories.
- Jenkins, Dafydd (1973), D. J. Williams. Writers of Wales series. Cardiff : University of Wales Press. An English introduction to his life and work.
- 'Williams, David John (1885-1970)'. In Meic Stephens (Ed.) (1998), The new companion to the literature of Wales. Cardiff : University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-1383-3.
Plaid Cymru Leadership LeaderIeuan Wyn Jones (2006–present) Assembly Group Leader
(party leader since 2006)
(Party leader pre-2003)Lewis Valentine (1925–1926) · Saunders Lewis (1926–1939) · John Edward Daniel (1939–1943) · Abi Williams (1943–1945) · Gwynfor Evans (1945–1981) · Dafydd Wigley (1981–1984) · Dafydd Elis-Thomas (1984–1991) · Dafydd Wigley (1991–2000) · Ieuan Wyn Jones (2000–2003) · Dafydd Iwan (2003–2010) · Jillian Evans (2010–present)
(chief executive)Phil Williams (1970–1976) · Ieuan Wyn Jones (1980–1982) Dafydd Iwan (1982–1984) · Syd Morgan (1984–1990) · Ieuan Wyn Jones (1990–1992) · John Dixon (1992–1994) · Jillian Evans (1994–1996) · Marc Phillips (1996–2000) · Elin Jones (2000–2002) · John Dixon (2002–2010) · Gwenllian Lansdown (2010–2011) · Rhuanedd Richards (2011–present)
Honorary PresidentDafydd Wigley (2001–present) Parliamentarians Members of the Welsh Assembly Members of the European Parliament
Eurig Wyn (1999–2004) ·FormerEurig Wyn (1999–2004)CurrentJillian Evans (1999-)
History of Plaid Cymru FoundersByddin Ymreolwyr Cymru
(The Welsh Home Rule Army)Moses Gruffydd · Fred Jones · Lewis ValentineY Mudiad Cymreig
(The Welsh Movement)H.R. Jones · Saunders Lewis · David John WilliamsOther co-founders
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