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Veteran children's author funeral

T Llew Jones
T Llew Jones won numerous awards for his writing

The funeral of a veteran Welsh language children's author has been held in Aberystwyth.

T Llew Jones, 93, from Pontgarreg, near Llandysul, Ceredigion, wrote more than 50 books, including 35 for children, in a career spanning more than 50 years.

Mr Jones, who started writing as a teacher and later became a headmaster, died on 9 January.

The award-winning storyteller drew on local legends, characters and places and was called a "great communicator".

He became the only person to win back-to-back chairs at the National Eisteddfod in the post-war era.

He was a great communicator and children loved him and his wonderful books
Menna Lloyd Williams, the Welsh Books Council

He also won the Welsh language Tir na n'Og literary prize, and in 1977 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Wales.

In 1991, he picked up the Mary Vaughan Jones prize which is awarded for outstanding contribution to children's literature in Wales.

Head of the children's book department at the Welsh Books Council Menna Lloyd Williams said Mr Jones would be "sadly missed".

"He was a great communicator and children loved him and his wonderful books," she added.

"His books were not only entertaining and well written, but they were informative and educational. For instance, he wrote about the Rebecca Riots and the journeys of the old stage coaches, which was based on historical fact."

When Mr Jones celebrated his 90th birthday in 2005 he said his "gift" for writing started when he was a child.

"It was the best thing I could do at school. I was not good at mathematics, but I was good at writing and with words. I hope I don't sound too immodest," he said at the time.

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