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Richards, Alun Morganlocked

(1929–2004)
  • Meic Stephens

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Richards, Alun Morgan (1929–2004), author and playwright, was born on 27 October 1929 at Oak Villa, King Edward Avenue, Caerphilly, the son of Megan, née Jeremy, daughter of Thomas Jeremy and his wife, Jessie. His father, Edward Morgan Richards, a commercial traveller, abandoned his mother three days after his birth. He was brought up in a strict but loving and comfortable home by his maternal grandparents, who were shopkeepers, chapel-goers, and Welsh-speakers, although Welsh was not passed on to him. Although he was to reject both religion and the language, being ‘a fatherless child’ was the making of him as a writer, as he explained in his autobiography, ...

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