Our surroundings don't just captivate visual artists. They've been known to fire the passions of writers, poets and playwrights, too.
Fiery parish priest and staunch nationalist R S Thomas mourned the decline of Welsh culture. So you might be surprised to hear that the majority of his poetry was written in English.
Wales' first great novelist, Daniel Owen had such a keen eye for a character, he's been compared to Dickens. And it was the work of Caernarfon-born Hester Lynch Piozzi Thrale that gave us an insight into the life of her friend Dr Samuel Johnson.
While she wasn't busy forging a reputation as Wales' foremost author of the 20th century, Kate Roberts found time to run Gwasg Gee publishing house in Denbigh as well.
Soon after he was killed in World War I, Hedd Wyn was posthumously awarded the Bard's Chair at the National Eisteddfod for his poem ‘Yr Arwr' (The Hero) – ‘possibly the most ambitious of any Eisteddfod winner in the 20th Century'.
By the time of his death Mostyn-born playwright Emlyn Williams had appeared in no fewer than 41 films and television dramas. His 20 screenplays included one which was made into a Hollywood film. Twice.
Visiting writers have gleaned inspiration here, too. During his time in Tremeirchion, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins composed a few of his most famous pieces. Whilst holidaying in Llandudno, Lewis Carroll got to know Alice Liddel – inspiration for his Alice in Wonderland stories. And you can browse the vast collections of prolific reader, writer and Victorian Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone at Saint Deiniol's Library, Hawarden. And who knows? A visit to North Wales might just bring out the writer in you. Even if it is just a postcard.
Wales’ first great novelist, Daniel Owen was born in Mold, Flintshire and worked as an apprentice tailor until, aged 24, he left to study at The Methodist College, Bala. Within 2 years he was back at the tailor’s shop, but continued preaching – having several of his sermons published.
Ronald Stuart Thomas was born in Cardiff in 1913. He read Classics at Bangor University (home today to the RS Thomas Study Centre) and was schooled in theology at St. Michael’s College, Llandaff. He was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in Wales in 1936, and posted to several locations across Wales, including Chirk, Denbighshire; Aberdaron, Llyn Peninsula and Manafon, Montgomeryshire – where he published his first three volumes of poetry.