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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 08:15 GMT 09:15 UK
Writer killed in M4 road accident
Writer Dannie Abse
Mrs Abse's husband, writer Dannie Abse, was injured in the accident
Writer Joan Abse has died in a road accident on the M4 near Bridgend, south Wales.

Mrs Abse, 78, and her husband, poet Dannie Abse, were returning home after attending a poetry reading in Porthcawl on Monday evening.

Mr Abse suffered broken ribs in the crash and is recovering at the family home in Ogmore with his children.

Joan Abse's most recent book was an anthology of letters written from Wales over the last 800 years.

Her publisher Cary Archard said Joan, who was originally from Lancashire, was a noted art critic and had published a number of books on art and galleries.

"She was a lovely, intelligent, compassionate woman," he said.

"She seemed to be ego-less, she always had time for you.

"She was a true scholar, and her husband Dannie would have been a different writer if it wasn't for her." South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened between Pyle and Bridgend, to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 01656 655555.


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