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Lottery revamp for author's home
Cae'r Gors
The walls of the old building have already been strengthened
The £656,000 restoration of the childhood home of a well-known Welsh language author is under way.

Kate Roberts' listed cottage at Cae'r Gors near Caernarfon will feature a museum, seminar facilities and an interpretation room.

The author, who died in 1985, was one of the best-known Welsh novelists and widely known as the 'queen of Welsh language literature'.

She also wrote short stories as well as contributing to various newspapers.

The Friends of Cae'r Gors have been working for many years to restore the Grade II-listed cottage at Rhosgadfan.

This really is the most exciting time to be working on this project because it's all coming together
Siān Eirian Davies, Canolfan Cae'r Gors director

Work can finally start because of a £656,000 heritage lottery grant, which has also led to the appointment of the centre's new director Siān Eirian Davies.

"Essentially this project has been on the go for the past 10 years, with a dedicated worker putting various grant bids together for the past three to four years to get us to our start date today," said Ms Davies.

The house, which is little more than four walls at the moment, will be restored to show how it would have looked when Roberts lived there for the first 18 years of her life from her birth in 1891.

Part of the house will be furnished as it would have been in Victorian times and there will also be a seminar room large enough for 40 people.

At the back of the original cottage, a new centre will be built to house a display about local history and the geology of the area.

Cae'r Gors
Part of the house will be furnished as it would have been when Kate Roberts lived there

"From the point of view of local people it will be a place where local societies can meet, and on the educational side it will cater from primary right up to university level," said Ms Davies.

The centre will feature local history and geography, as well as walks reflecting the literary history of the area.

Ms Davies had her own personal reasons for wanting the new post.

"I tried for the job because Kate Roberts has always been my favourite female author," said Ms Davies, herself an award-winning writer.

She won the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize for unpublished novels at the National Eisteddfod last year.

"This really is the most exciting time to be working on this project because it's all coming together," she said.


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