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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Revamp of author's home completed
Megan Williams opening the house
The centre was opened by Kate Roberts's niece Megan Williams
The childhood home of Welsh language author Kate Roberts is open to the public after a 10-year campaign to turn it into a heritage centre.

Her cottage at Cae'r Gors near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, has been furnished as it would have been in the late 1800s.

A separate outbuilding also houses an interactive exhibition.

The charity Friends of Cae'r Gors, said they hoped it marked a regeneration in the village of Rhosgadfan.

The author, who died in 1985 aged 94, was known as the 'queen of Welsh language literature', and her work was widely translated.

Open to the public

Dewi Tomos, a member of Friends of Cae'r Gors, said the restoration - partly paid for with a 656,000 heritage lottery grant - had been undertaken with great care.

"The slate you are walking on came from the (local) Foel quarry and the gardens have been put together by the Welsh Historical Gardens Trust," he told BBC Wales News Online.

"The fire grate inside was donated from Bethesda, and the money for its restoration and fitting was paid for by an appeal for people to 'sponsor a brick' which worked well."

There are still "bits" missing from the house itself, he said, and he welcomed any "suitable" donations of items.

The house looks as it would have when Kate Roberts was young

A website has also been launched to coincide with the official opening on Wednesday.

"At the moment the website is in Welsh, but it will soon be available in English and then in many other languages to reflect the number of languages into which Kate Roberts' work has already been translated," said Mr Tomos.

The house and caban (the old outbuilding) will now be open to visitors, and will be available for hire.

The 50-pupil village school at Rhosgadfan has already used the facilities.

Head teacher Gwyn Mowll said: "The children have been here working with an artist, and have worked in the garden.

"They have also written both the words and the music to a song they will be singing at a concert to celebrate the official opening of the centre this evening."

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