Publications



Poetry
Wrestling in Mud  (Cinnamon Press, 2007).  A collection of 61 poems, launched at the Hay Literary Festival 2007.   ‘A poet at the peak of his powers.  Tackles the big themes with a clarity and understanding that make the hairs stand up in the back of your neck.’ – Ifor Thomas.


Looking Through Time (Headland, 1998).  ‘A strong sense of compassion.  Characteristic elements of his style are his lyricism, economy of language and emotional power.’ – Gladys Mary Coles.


Ghost Country (Gomer, 1991). ‘Carefully-shaped verse, often almost ballad-like in its movement and impact.  Like a folk tale, it grows with each reading.’ – Sally Roberts Jones.


The Trophy (Christopher Davies, 1967):  Collection of 38 poems including the much-anthologised The Inheritor and Yorky. 


The Dinosaurs (The Triskel Poets One, 1966): ‘Writes with a simplicity that conceals a subtlety of response to his subject, and his subject is very rarely himself …Images which seem so easy and even obvious, often carry other layers of meaning which are not apparent at first hearing … These poems show, above all, an honest concern with real people.’ – John Stuart Williams.


Too Wet for the Devil, written under name of Herbert Lloyd Williams (Outposts Publications, 1962).

 

Novels


A Severe Case of Dandruff ( Gomer, 1999):  Semi-autobiographical story of a teenager incarcerated in an old-style TB sanatorium.  ‘Should be compulsory reading by all those who have never been really ill.  It evokes a world that is long gone. – Alun Richards. 
‘A small (in size) masterpiece. – Thomas Dormandy, author of ‘The White Death. A History of Tuberculosis.’


The Woman in Back Row (Gomer, 2000):  A story of divided loyalties and ambition set in the small seaside town of Glanaber in the 1950s.  Central characters are reporter Steve Lewis and his girlfriend Annette.  ‘Adds a cubit to the author’s stature and one of the best novels with a Welsh setting to appear last year.’ – Meic Stephens.


Punters (Gomer, 2002):  Set in the media world of Cardiff, with sometime Angry Young Man author Ted Sloane re-emerging as a TV scriptwriter.  ‘Compelling reading.’ – Robert Nisbet.
‘A wicked tale of lust and ambition set in Cardiff’s meejah luvvie piranha pool.’ – Carolyn Hitt.


The Marionettes  (Cinnamon Press, 2008):  First winner of the Cinnamon Press Novella Prize. ‘The author delivers his story of frailty and breakdown with remarkable linguistic dexterity and the energy of a man half his age.’ – Niall Griffiths.

Love Child (Y Lolfa, 2011): Sequel to The Woman In Back Row but standing as a novel in its own right. ‘Emotions simmer in 1960s Aberystwyth in this latest novel from one of the most prolific writers in Wales... Williams gives us a procession of well-drawn characters, for whom sex is never far from the mind although never in your face, in these pages. There’s a will-they-won’t-they thread running through the novel, and about the only ones that don’t are the ones you think probably will.’ – Steve Dube, Western Mail.

 

Short Stories


The Stars in Their Courses (Alun Books, 1992).  Fourteen stories including Brief Encounter – highly praised by Cambrensis editor Arthur Smith - and Man of Destiny, translated into German for Hans Petersen collection Erkundungen.


Stories of King Arthur (John Jones, 1990). Tales for children reprinted in 1994, 1997 and 1998.  ‘Ageless appeal for children and adults.’


Tiger in the Park (Alun Books, 2010).  Collection of 22 stories including prize-winning The Call of Duty and The Key.  ‘A master story-teller … Humour as well as are psychological insight.’ – Alexandra Trowbridge-Matthews. 
‘Warm, strong and subtle portrayal of a selection of dilemmas and adventures from twentieth-century Wales.’ – Robert Nisbet.
‘A master at creating memorable characters.’ – Phil Carradice.

 

Factual books


Davies the Ocean (University of Wales Press, 1991). Rags-to-riches story of Victorian entrepreneur David Davies, who rose from ‘top sawyer’ on his father’s smallholding in Llandinam to make railways, sink pits and create Barry docks out of nothing.  – ‘The definitive biography,’ David Jenkins.


John Cowper Powys  (Seren Border Lines, 1997).  Study of ‘the forgotten man of English literature’ who spent his last years in Blaenau Ffestiniog. ‘Excellent introduction to the man, his books, his family and his ideas.’ – Raymond Garlick, Planet. 
‘A marvellous book, its style swift, economical and graceful.’ – Paul Roberts, The Powys Journal.


Come Out Wherever You Are (Quartet, 1976, new edition Gomer, 2004). How 67 German POWs broke out of Island Farm Camp, Bridgend, in March 1945 by digging a tunnel under the wire.  The biggest escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Britain in World War Two. A massive manhunt involved troops, police, civilians and hedge-hopping planes. Interviews with escapers and those who recaptured them. Brilliantly told tale and an absolute joy to read,’ Dean Powell, Western Mail. 
‘Handles his difficult narrative expertly. The twists and turns of the pursuit would have defeated a less enthusiastic burrower.- John Tripp.


Railways In Wales  (Christopher Davies, 1981).  The full story in a single volume, from Trevithick’s first locomotive clanking from Merthyr to Abercynon in 1804 to the inter-city expresses.   Interviews with men who drove some of the giants of steam.


Stage Coaches in Wales (Stewart Williams, 1977).  The most sophisticated travel network before railways, revealed in all its detail.  Tales of disasters, triumphs, and rivalries between innkeepers.  Illustrations include poster advertising ‘Cardiff and London in One Day!’


Battles in Wales (John Jones Cardiff Ltd, 1975).  From early struggles to Llywelyn the Last, Owain Glyndwr and, finally, the Battle of St Fagans in 1648, which brought Cromwell’s New Model Army to fight a pitched battle near Cardiff.


The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (Webb and Bower, Michael Joseph, 1987).  Official Countryside Commission guide. Stories behind the places to visit, what to see and where to find it.                   


Voices of Wales (Tempus, 1999).  Memories of Welsh people at the approach of the Millennium, based on BBC Radio Wales series The Century Speaks.  Many illustrations.