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Islwyn Ffowc Elis (; 17 November 1924 - 22 January 2004) was one of Wales's most popular Welsh-language writers.

Born Islwyn Ffoulkes Ellis in Wrexham, Elis was educated at the University of Wales colleges of Bangor and Aberystwyth. During World War II he was a conscientious objector and he began writing poetry and prose, winning the crown at the 1947 National Eisteddfod. He became a Presbyterian minister in 1950, and his first pastorate was at Moreia Chapel in Llanfair Caereinion. He made his debut as a novelist in 1953 with Cysgod y Cryman (translated into English as Shadow of the Sickle), which would, in 1999, be chosen as the most significant Welsh language book of the 20th century.

As a novelist Elis showed a great willingness to try out different forms, including popular ones. Cysgod y Cryman was followed by a study of intellectual decadence, Ffenestri tua'r Gwyll (Windows to the Dusk 1955). Yn ôl i Leifior (1956; translated into English as Return to Lleifior) was a sequel to Cysgod y Cryman both set at the fictitious farming location Lleifior. In 1957, the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru published his time-travel story Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (A Week in Future Wales), presenting an independent, utopian Wales and a dystopian "Western England" in alternative versions of 2033. Blas y Cynfyd (A Taste of Prehistory 1958) was followed by the colonial satire Tabyrddau'r Babongo (Drums of the Babongo 1961). He thus pioneered the use of genres unfamiliar to Welsh-speaking readers, provided them with a highly readable prose often set in contemporary settings, and did much to establish the position of the novel as a major genre in Welsh-language literature. For periods he set out to live off his writing, something hardly attempted before in modern Welsh.

Later works included Y Blaned Dirion (The Meek Planet 1968, another science fiction novel), Y Gromlech yn yr Haidd (The Dolmen in the Barley, 1971) and Eira Mawr (Great Snow, 1972). He also wrote a play, pamphlets, hundreds of articles and short stories as well as editing, with Gwyn Jones, Welsh Short Stories for the Oxford University Press (1956). His work has appeared in English, German, Italian and Irish translation. He was lecturer and reader at the University of Wales, Lampeter between 1975 and 1988.

From his schooldays to the mid-1970s, Elis devoted a vast amount of time to politics. He ran as Plaid Cymru's candidate in Montgomeryshire in the 1959 and 1964 general elections and in a 1962 byelection. The so-called "Elvis Rock" graffito beside the A44 road in Ceredigion was originally written with the word "Elis" by two of his supporters in the 1962 by-election, and subsequently altered to read "Elvis".

In retirement, he received a DLitt from the University of Wales. In 1999 a biography of Elis by T Robin Chapman, published in both Welsh and in English, appeared.
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Total Books: 22
Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd
2007 - Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781843238621
ISBN-10: 1843238624

Cysgod y Cryman Nofel
2003 - Cysgod Y Cryman Nofel [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780863837104
ISBN-10: 0863837107

Cysgod Y Cryman
1998 - Cysgod Y Cryman [Cam at Y Cewri - Welsh Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780863833991
ISBN-10: 0863833993
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd Iddysgwyr
1993 - Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd Iddysgwyr [Cam at y cewri - Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781859020609
ISBN-10: 1859020607

Classic Welsh Short Stories
1970 - Classic Welsh Short Stories [Oxford Paperbacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780192829405
ISBN-10: 0192829408
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Naddion [Welsh Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780707403182
ISBN-10: 0707403189
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Eira mawr
Eira Mawr (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780850881301
ISBN-10: 0850881307

Caneuon Islwyn Ffowc Elis
Caneuon Islwyn Ffowc Elis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780862431563
ISBN-10: 0862431565

Lleoedd Fel Lleifior [Pigion - Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
Cyn Oerir Gwaed
Cyn Oerir Gwaed [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780863834608
ISBN-10: 0863834604
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Yn Ol I Leifior
Yn Ol I Leifior (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780863835131
ISBN-10: 0863835139

Mil ac Un o Nosau - Arabia
Mil Ac Un O Nosau - Arabia [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780863835742
ISBN-10: 0863835740
Genres: Children's Books, Nonfiction

Marwydos [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781859021361
ISBN-10: 1859021360

Ffenestri Tua'r Gwyll
Ffenestri Tua'r Gwyll [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781859024812
ISBN-10: 1859024815

Return to Lleifior
Return to Lleifior (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781859026441
ISBN-10: 1859026443
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference