Alun Richards (1929-2004) was born in Pontypridd. His books include six novels and several collections of short stories - most notably, Home to an Empty House, Dai Country, The Former Miss Merthyr Tydfil and Ennal's Point. He was the editor of The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories and The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (volumes 1 and 2). His collected plays are published as Plays for Players and he wrote extensively for radio and television, including early contributions to The Onedin Line. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University College of Swansea in 1985.