University of Wales Press
“Williams takes a sure stance, analysing the moments and the events that have shaped his life and career. He looks back, not with a sentimental gaze, but with understanding and objectivity. Yes, there is compassion for family and friends; and yes, there is a degree of nostalgia for people and places that have long since disappeared from view. He would not be a Welshman if there were not. But the story that Herbert Williams tells – his story – is one of hard-edged realism. This applies, in particular, to his and his family’s battles against TB... His is an attractive speaking voice (literally and on the page) and this technique, easy on the eye and ear, holds the attention of the reader, providing a page-turning quality to the prose that is a cross between journalism and literary fiction.”
Herbert Williams is a highly respected poet, novelist, short story writer and dramatist. His first collection of poetry was published in 1965. His poems, short stories and plays have been broadcast by the BBC, HTV and Thames Television, and he has contributed to New Welsh Review, Planet, Western Mail, Iota and many other journals. Eight of his poems feature in the groundbreaking anthology Poetry 1900-2000, edited by Meic Stephens (Parthian/Library of Wales, 2007). He is also the co-founder of Roundyhouse. His awards include a Hawthornden Poetry Fellowship. A book on his work, Herbert Williams, appeared in the University of Wales Press’ Writers of Wales series in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and a member of the Society of Authors. He currently lives in Cardiff.