Conwy Wledig a’r Rhyfel Mawr:

63,777 words

180 pages

Written by Eryl Prys Jones

Edited by Huw Prys Jones (no relation!)

Layed out and printed by Myrddin ap Dafydd and Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

Launch: November 16 2017

THE BOOK

THE BOOK : CONWY WLEDIG A’R RHYFEL MAWR

The book contains information on every one of the 362 of rural Conwy’s men and 2 women who lost their lives in (or as a direct result of) the First World War, expanding on some of the more detailed, ‘fuller’ stories — as well as several other tales and subjects from the area during the war period.

Until very recently (i.e. the latter stages of writing the chapters) my intention was to produce a bilingual book — as I had previously stated several times to the many non-Welsh-speaking contributors of the project. However, unfortunately due to the book’s content being more than double what was initially estimated the project lacked sufficient funds to enable it to be translated into English. The difficult decision was then made to refrain from drastically cutting the Welsh content in order to enable translation, and, instead, to publish the book in Welsh only — initially. The intention, now, is to seek further funding to have the book translated and an English version printed. I apologize for not being able to follow through with my original pledge. The intention, now, is to produce an English version in due course — depending on the availability of new revenue.

How to get a copy:

The book will be free, and available via a number of sources; copies can be collected from the Menter Iaith Conwy office (Ancaster Square Llanrwst), Conwy libraries, during the exhibition tour and through contacting me directly (eryl@miconwy.org).
They will alos be distributed to everyone who has contributed to the project and to local schools.

THE DRAMA

“Y RHWYG”

The production was scripted and directed by Eilir Jones and performed by a cast of pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy and Ysgol y Creuddyn.

The drama follows the stories of 3 families (based on true stories which came to light during the research). Between the family scenes, there featured scenes showing recruitment meetings, a chapel service, public meetings to help the soldiers, a tribunal, recitals and performances of songs from the period.

“Y Rhwyg” was performed publically in the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy hall, Llanrwst, on April 5th 2017. The production received a very positive reaction.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Maredydd Walker

Brychan Jones

Elen Jones

Angharad Butler

Erin Edwards

Modlen Alun

Elliw Jones

Carwen Williams

Mariel Havard Griffiths

Mabli Roberts

Kitty McCan

Bethan Jones

Lowri Green

Hannah Williams

Iolo Wyn James

Megan Thomas

Gwion Tudur

Mali Sion

Leusa Rhys

Beca Williams

Mari Glyn Roberts:

Awel Jones

Casha Edwards

Gwilym Bowen Rhys