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National Library of Wales
Stephens, Meic, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MEIPHENS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Meic Stephens Papers

Short Title: Stephens, Meic, papers

Creation date(s): 1970-1987

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.038 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Meic Stephens


Administrative/Biographical history: Meic Stephens (b.1938) from Treforest, Glamorgan, is a literary journalist, translator as well as a poet and editor. He studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University Colege of North Wales, Bangor, and at the University of Rennes in France. He taught French at Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, from 1962-1966. In Merthyr Tydfil, he founded the Triskel Press and Poetry Wales. He wrote a pioneering book Linguistic Minorities in Eastern Europe in 1976. He wrote and published his own poetry, compiled and edited six anthologies of Welsh wiriting in English, edited the work of other poets, and published the Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986 and 1998) amongst other works. He learnt Welsh as an adult and became an active member of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg as well as Plaid Cymru. From 1967 until 1990 he was Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council. He was Visiting Professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University in Utah. He teaches Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. He writes about Welsh literature for the Western Mail.


Scope and content/abstract: Correspondence, 1970-1977, accumulated by Meic Stephens in the course of editing Artists in Wales, volumes 1-3 (Llandysul, 1971-1977), from artists in the fields of literature, drama, music and the visual arts; letters, 1977-1978, from poets invited to contribute to Green Horse : an anthology by young poets of Wales edited by him (Swansea, 1978); letters, 1978-1979, relating to The Welsh Language Today (second edition, Llandysul, 1979); and correspondence, 1986-1987, between Meic Stephens and Lady Amy Parry-Williams relating to the former's translations into English of essays by T H Parry-Williams, published in The White Stone - six essays by T H Parry-Williams (Llandysul, 1987).


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1990, pp.74-75, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Meic Stephens, in 1989.


Related material: NLW MS 22003D, NLW MSS 23111-12E, NLW ex 1797, NLW ex 1055, NLW ex 835, Poetry Wales Archive, the Welsh Arts Council Papers, and three scrapbooks on 'The Arts in Wales'.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1990; Meic Stephens, The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (Cardiff, 1998)

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Arts | Wales
English literature | Welsh authors
English poetry | Welsh authors
Journalists | Wales
Stephens, Meic | b. 1938 | Archives
Welsh literature | 20th century
Welsh poetry | 20th century

Personal names
Parry-Williams , Amy , 1910-1988 , Lady
Parry-Williams , T. H. (Thomas Herbert) , 1887-1975 , Sir
Stephens , Meic , b. 1938

Corporate names


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