This is a short clip in Welsh from a programme to be broadcast on S4C about the controversial author, Caradoc Evans. The programme will be available with English subtitles.
In 1915, the publication of Caradoc Evans' collection of short stories, 'My People: Stories of the Peasantry of West Wales' caused a literary sensation. In Wales he was reviled by a great many. According to the 'Western Mail', he was '...the best hated man in Wales. The Chief Constable of Cardiff In Cardiff, wanted to burn copies of the book publicly. Caradoc was praised however by critics in England as an innovator and modernist, comparing his writing with Zola and James Joyce. And eventually he became a liberator for the golden generation of Welsh authors, including Dylan Thomas, who became known as 'the Sons of Caradoc'. It's difficult to imagine 'Under Milk Wood' and Llareggub without 'My People' and Manteg, the fictional village created by Caradoc Evans.
An edition of 'My people' with an excellent introduction by John Harris, is available here:
The programme, 'Caradoc Evans: Ffrae 'My People' (the row about 'My People'), is broadcast on S4C on Sunday, April 12th, at 8pm, availablewith English subtitles. After the broadcast, the programme will be available on the BBC iplayer here:
Dyma glip byr o raglen ar S4C am yr awdur dadleuol, Caradoc Evans.
Yn 1915 tynodd Caradoc Evans nyth cacwn am ei ben pan gyhoeddodd gasgliad o straeon byrion am ei ardal enedigol yn Ne Ceredigion, yn yr hen Sir Abertieifi. Corddwyd nifer fawr o Gymry gan 'My People: Stories of the Peasantry of West Wales' . Caradoc, yn ol y Western Mail', oedd '...the best hated man in Wales...'. Cymaint y gynddaredd yn ei erbyn fel bod Prif Gwnstabl Caerdydd am losgi copiau o'r llyfr yn gyhoeddus. Ond yn Llundain, cafodd Caradoc ganmoliaeth uchel gan feirniaid llenyddol fel modernydd. Cymharwyd ei waith gyda gwaith Zola a James Joyce.
Mae na fersiwn o'r straeon gyda chyflwyniad gwych gan John Harris ar gael fan hyn:
Bydd y rhaglen, 'Caradoc Evans: Ffrae 'My People' ar S4C nos Sul, Ebrill 12, am 8 o'r gloch ac yna ar gael ar iplayer y BBC fan hyn: