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FOULKES , ANNIE ( 1877 - 1962 ), editor of an anthology ;

b. 24 Mar. 1877 at Llanberis, Caerns. Her father, Edward Foulkes ( 1850 - 1917 ), was an official at Dinorwig slate quarry , a man of wide literary culture and author of a number of articles in Welsh periodicals on 19th-c. English writers : Robert Williams Parry (see below) wrote a sonnet in memory of him. She was educated at Dr. Williams' School , Dolgellau , and at College de Jeunes Filles in Saumur , France , 1896-97 . She was a French teacher at Bray , Co. Wicklow , 1897 , at Tregaron county school , 1898-1905 , and Barry county school , 1905-18 . In 1918 she was appointed Executive Secretary of the Appointments Board of the University of Wales , to succeed Robert Silyn Roberts ( DWB , 878-9) . At Barry she was a member of a literary circle which formed around Thomas Jones , C.H. (see below) and Silyn — the group behind the establishment of The Welsh Outlook . Thomas Jones believed there was a need for an anthology of modern Welsh poetry and suggested that Annie Foulkes should edit it. The anthology appeared in 1918 under the title Telyn y dydd , as one of the volumes of the series ‘ Cyfres yr Enfys ’. It became very popular, particularly in schools — a fourth edition was published in 1929 . Annie Foulkes d. unmarried at Caernarfon 12 Nov. 1862 aged 85 yrs.

Sources:

  • The papers of Annie Foulkes and her father at Bangor College Library ( Bangor Manuscripts at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 16040-16410, 16590-16668);
  • Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald , 16 and 23 Nov. 1962 (under Caernarfon).

Author:

Bedwyr Lewis Jones (1933-92), Bangor

Published date: 2001