Welsh ( b.1915 )
|Image size||15.6 inches x 19.5 inches ( 39.5cm x 49.5cm )|
|Frame size||20.9 inches x 24.8 inches ( 53cm x 63cm )|
Tom Parry Jones was both a prize winning poet and an accomplished artist.
He was a farmer’s son from Malltreat, Anglesey. He was born, around 1906 and lived in the farmhouse where his family had lived for 600 years. There are contemporary reports of him winning a poetry prize, the Crown, at the 1945 Rhos Eisteddfod. This was the Eisteddfod’s highest award. A local newspaper report describes him as “practically bedridden”, having been disabled in a motorcycle accident at the age of 19. He had to be helped to the stage, and was a very popular winner. He had the benefit of just one year’s education at Hollyhead Intermediate School before leaving to work on his father’s farm, where he continued to work up until the time of his accident.
Although he had previously won several prizes at local and provincial competitions the 1945 Eisteddfod prize was Tom Parry Jones’ first major success. He went on to win the Prose Medal in 1957 and the Crown in 1963. That same year a painting by him was presented to the master poets Emrys Edwards and Caradog Pritchard.