Alun Richards (1929-2004) was born in Pontypridd at an economically unstable time for Wales. He studied at Swansea University and taught in secondary schools and as a university tutor. Much of his writing explored the lives of men in south Wales or at sea. His books include six novels and several collections of short stories - most notably, ’Home to an Empty House’, ’Dai Country’, ’The Former Miss Merthyr Tydfil’ and ’Ennal’s Point’. He was the editor of The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories (1976) and The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (volumes 1 and 2). His collected plays are published as Plays for Players and he wrote extensively for radio and television, including early contributions to The Onedin Line. As a result of his passion for rugby, he wrote A Touch of Glory (1980) to mark the centenary of the Welsh Rugby Union. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University College of Swansea in 1985.