"Margiad Evans is a unique phenomenon in border country writing, and pretty rare in any writing."
John Powell Ward
"Written with terse incisive power... the novels of Margiad Evans glow with a dark... passionate light."
Wrth galon Country Dance mae Ann Goodman, menyw ifanc a rwygir gan ‘y frwydr dros uchafiaeth yn ei gwaed cymysg’, Cymru a Lloegr. Yn y stori hon o nwyd a llofruddiaeth a seiliwyd yn y gororau, nid delfryd yw’r ffordd wledig o fyw ond brwydr galed i oroesi.
Ganed yr artist a’r awdur Margiad Evans (Peggy Whistler) yn Uxbridge ym 1909. Mae ei gwaith yn cynnwys Country Dance (1932); The Wooden Doctor (1933); Turf or Stone (1934), a Creed (136), yn ogystal â rhyddiaith, straeon byrion, hunangofiant a dau gasgliad o gerddi, Poems from Obscurity (1947) ac A Candle Ahead (1956).
A fellow writer once showed me a set of ten beautifully bound diaries she had discovered in a second-hand bookshop in Hayon-
Wye. Written in elegant copper-plate script by a farmer’s wife during the first thirty years of the twentieth century, they were
decorated with pictures of royalty, flowers and Gibson girls cut from magazines. The pages were perfumed with the scent of
long dead, pressed summer flowers, which added to the seductive promise of a glimpse into a vanished world.
The diaries emphasized the narrow confines of rural life in
Wales during the first half of the twentieth century. Possibly the
most dynamic entry was written on Saturday July 1st, 1916:
Rose early, milked cows. Weather fine. Packed cart.
Changed into second best dress. Took bacon, plucked
chickens, butter and cheese to market. Bought new hat.
Nothing, not even the Great War, existed for that woman outside
of her husband’s farm and its immediate vicinity. She noted the
passing of the seasons, the vagaries of weather, prices at local
markets and the purchase of every garment. National and
international events passed her by. For her they held no
y rhagair cyfan i Country Dance YMA...
Mwy o wybodaeth a sylwadau:
Yn dod yn fuan