Wales has recently gained the spotlight due to being an unexpected football sensation in the UEFA Euro 2016. The national team made it as high as the semi-final and The Welsh Dragons made their nation proud. However, throughout the ages, Wales has given the world much more than just great athletes and football players. Some of the biggest names in literature are of Welsh descent. Although often mistakenly thought of as English, Irish or American, many authors and poets from Wales have made a name for themselves in the pages of history.
Welsh poetry gems
One of the most famous Welsh poets is certainly Dylan Thomas. Although he lived in the early 20th century, he has had a dramatic impact on current writing trends and pop culture. One of his poems was the soul of a scene in the famous Hollywood film “Dangerous Minds” with Michelle Pfeiffer, released in the 90s. If you have a passion for poetry or writing, there are plenty of websites offering insight into Literature or Creative Writing courses. For those looking for a career, check out www.schoolapply.co.in. Enrolling on a degree course might see your name in the history book.
Poetry or thrillers?
Welsh blood also flows through the veins of thriller author Ken Follet. His books frequently make the New York Times Best Seller list and have usually sold over 150 million copies worldwide. He is most recognised for famous titles as “The key to Rebecca”, “Whiteout” and “Edge of Eternity”. Another author from Wales worth mentioning is the famous poet Waldo Williams. Considered to be one of the most influential poets of the 20th century, along with Dylan Thomas, Williams made a point of preserving his mother tongue by always writing in Welsh. If you have never sampled Welsh literature then it is a good time to start.