Rowlands, John 1938-
ROWLANDS, John 1938-
PERSONAL: Born 1938, in Trawsfynydd, Wales. Education: University College of North Wales, M.A.; Oxford University, Ph.D.
ADDRESSES: Offıce—University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Old College, King St., Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AX, Wales. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Novelist and literary critic. University College, Swansea, Wales, tutor; Trinity College, Carmarthen, Wales, lecturer; St. David's University College, Lampeter, Wales, lecturer; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, lecturer, 1975—.
Lle Bo'r Gwenyn, Llyfrau'r Dryw (Llandybie, Wales), 1960.
Yn Ôl I'w Teyrnasoedd, Llyfrau'r Eryr (Llandybie, Wales), 1963.
Lenctid yw' Mhechod, Llyfrau'r Dryw (Llandybie, Wales), 1965, translation by Richard Ruck published as A Taste of Apples, Library (London, England), 1966.
Llawer is na'r Angylion, C. Davies (Llandybie, Wales), 1968.
Bydded Tywyllwch, Llyfrau'r Dryw (Ammanford, Wales), 1969.
Arch ym Mhrag, C. Davies (Llandybie, Wales), 1972.
Tician Tician, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1978.
A Man of Sorrows by Petrus Christus, (London, England), 1962.
(Editor) Dafydd ap Gwilym a Chanu Serch yr Oesoedd Canol, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru ar ran Coleg Prifysgol Dewi Sent, Lianbedr Pont Steffan (Caerdydd, Wales), 1975.
T. Rowland Hughes, University of Wales Press (Cardiff, Wales), 1975.
(With Glyn Jones) Profiles: A Visitor's Guide to Writing in Twentieth Century Wales, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1980.
Aber, Y Lolfa (Talybont, Ceredigion, Wales), 1986.
(With Joan Lingard) Pwy sy'n Euog?, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1988.
John Gwilym Jones, Swasg Pantycelyn (Caernarfon, Wales), 1988.
Cnoi cil ar Lenyddiaeth, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1989.
Saunders y Beirniad, Gwasg Pantycelyn (Caernarfon, Wales), 1990.
Annwyl Arholwr . . . : Myfyrion Myfyriwr DosbarthPump, Y Lolfa (Talybont, Ceredigion, Wales), 1990.
Chwerw'n Troi'n Chwerae, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1990.
(Editor) O law i law, by Thomas Rowland Hughes, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1991.
Ysgrifau ar y Nofel, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru (Caerdydd, Wales), 1992.
Sglefrio ar Eiriau: Erthyglau ar Lenyddiaeth a Bierniadaeth, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Wales), 1992.
Nodiadau ar Un nos ola Leuad (Caradog Prichard), Prifysgol Cymru (Aberystwyth, Wales), 1997.
(Editor) Y Sêr yn eu Graddau: Golwg ar Ffurfafen yNofel Gymraeg Ddiweddar, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru (Caerdydd, Wales), 2000.
(Editor, with Menna Elfyn) The Bloodaxe Book ofModern Welsh Poetry: Twentieth-Century Welsh Language Poetry in Translation, Bloodaxe Books (Gwynedd, Wales), 2003.
HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
Copper Mountain, Anglesey Antiquarian Society (Llangefni, Wales), 1966.
(With Graham Hughes) In the Valley Long Ago, G. Hughes (New York, NY), 1985.
(With J. C. Davies) Holy Island: Ynys Cybi: A Pictorial Record, (Holyhead, Wales), 1986.
Patrymau Diwydiant, Y Ganolfan Adnoddau, Coleg Prifysgol Cymru (Aberystwyth, Wales), 1987.
Holyhead: People, Prosperity and Poverty, Gwynedd Library Service (Caernarfon, Wales), 1989.
(With Sheila Rowlands) Cardiganshire Marriages, pre-1813, Pennarth Hundred, J. and S. Rowlands (Aberystwyth, Wales), 1992.
(With A. Leslie Evans) Cwmavon: Then and Now, Port Talbot Historical Society (Port Talbot, Wales), 1992.
A Short Account of St. Mary's Parish Church, Llanfairyn-Neubwll, St. Mary's Parish Church (Llanfairyn-Neubwll, Waless), 1993.
Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research, Genealogical Publishing (Baltimore, MD), 1993.
(With Sheila Rowlands) The Surnames of Wales: ForFamily Historians and Others, Genealogical Publishing (Baltimore, MD), 1996.
(With Sheila Rowlands) Second Stages in ResearchingWelsh Ancestry, Genealogical Publishing (Baltimore, MD), 1999.
(With Gladys Pritchard and Margaret Chantrell) YsgolUwchradd Caergybi: Dathliad, 1949-1999 (title means "Holyhead County High School: A Celebration"), Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi (Caergybi, Wales), 1999.
Contributor of articles to Ysgrifau Beirniadol, edited by J. E. Caerwyn Williams; The Arts in Wales 1950-1975, edited by Meic Stephens, 1979; and Writers of Wales, 1975. General editor, University of Wales Press's "Y Meddwl a'r Dychymyg Cymreig" series. Author of sound recordings, including Maps and Genealogy in England and Wales, Sources for Genealogical Research in the National Library of Wales, Nonconformity in England and Wales, and in Its Records for Genealogy, and Maritime Records As a Source in England and Wales, all 2001.
SIDELIGHTS: John Rowlands, a professor of Welsh at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, has written extensively on the work of Welsh poet Daffydd ap Gwilym and on modern Welsh literature. He is general editor of the University's "Y Meddwl a'ar Dychymyg Cymreig" series. In addition, Rowlands has written several novels in Welsh. According to Meic Stephens in The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, Rowlands became known in his early novels for his explicit handling of sexual scenes and for his insights into the behavior of young people. As an example of his subject matter, Arch ym Mhrag focuses on a group of young people living in Czechoslovakia in 1968, when Soviet tanks repressed a budding movement toward political liberalization. Tician Tician is a satire on life in a university town in Wales.
Rowlands has also published numerous works on Welsh local history and genealogy.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Reference Books Annual, Volume 28, 1997, John D. Blackwell, review of The Surnames of Wales: For Family Historians and Others, p. 164.
Choice, April, 1976, review of T. Rowland Hughes, p. 218.
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, September, 1994, Janet R. Worthington, review of Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research, p. 224.
University of Wales, Aberystwyth,http://www.aber.ac.uk/ (May 20, 2003), John Rowland faculty page.*