Author of the Month

In celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends, we are shining the spotlight on one of our legendary Welsh authors each month.

Legend of the Month, July: Alun Lewis

Alun Lewis died aged twenty-eight in Burma during the Second World War, but produced an impressive number of poems and short fiction in the years previously.

Becoming a soldier had a stimulating effect on Lewis’s writing: Raiders’ Dawn, a collection of forty-seven poems, appeared in 1942 and early in 1943, The Last Inspection, a book of short stories, was published, both to considerable critical acclaim. His second volume of poems, Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets, was published posthumously in 1945 and his Indian short stories, together with some letters, in In The Green Tree (1948). Morlais, Lewis’ previously unpublished novel from the 1930s, was published by Seren in July 2015 to mark the centenary of his birth.

Find out more about Alun Lewis’ life and writing in John Pikoulis’ latest biography, Alun, Gweno & Freda, an illuminating account through the particular prism of Lewis’ relationships with his wife Gweno and Freda Aykroyd, an expatriate in India. If you’d like to read Alun Lewis’ poetry, we recommend Alun Lewis: Collected Poems, a body of work which has endured and which transcends the label ‘war poetry’.

Find a great selection of books by our other legendary writers on the Year of Legends page.