Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts (1891 – 1985) was one of the foremost Welsh-language authors of the 20th century. Roberts was born in the village of Rhosgadfan, Caernarfonshire, where her father was a quarryman in the local slate industry. She graduated in Welsh at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and trained as a teacher. She taught in various schools in south Wales. She is known mainly for her short stories, but also wrote novels. Roberts was a prominent Welsh nationalist. Roberts had a literary relationship with Saunders Lewis, which they maintained through letters over a period of forty years. These letters give a picture of life in Wales during the period and the comments of these two literary giants on events at home and abroad.


  • Traed Mewn Cyffion (Feet in Chains) (1936). Novel. Llandysul : Gwasg Gomer, 2001.
  • Ffair Gaeaf a storïau eraill (Winter Fair and other stories) (1937). Short stories. Denbigh : Gwasg Gee, 2000.
  • Stryd y Glep (Gossip Row) (1949). Novella. Bethesda : Gwasg Gee, 2011.
  • Y Byw Sy’n Cysgu (The Living That Sleep) (1956). Novel. Denbigh : Gwasg Gee, 1995.
  • Te yn y Grug (Tea in the Heather) (1959). Short stories. Llandysul : Gwasg Gee, 2004.
  • Y Lôn Wen (The White Lane) (1960). Autobiography. Denbigh : Gwasg Gee, 2000.
  • Tywyll Heno (Dark Tonight) (1962). Novella. Denbigh : Gwasg Gee, 2010.
  • Ifans, Dafydd (Ed.) (1992), Annwyl Kate, Annwyl Saunders : Gohebiaeth, 1923–1983 (Dear Kate, Dear Saunders : Correspondence, 1923–1983). Aberystwyth : National Library of Wales. The letters of Kate Roberts and Saunders Lewis.

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