Grateful acknowledgement is made to the publishers of the following books in which some of these translations first appeared: The White Stone ( Gomer Press, 1987), A Book of Wales ( J. M Dent, 1987), and A Rhondda Anthology ( Seren Books, 1993); and for the same reason to the editors of the magazines Planet, The New Welsh Review, and Books in Wales, and of The Western Mail.
The translator thanks the contributors, or the executors of their estates, for permission to translate their work into English and publish it here. Most of the translations were approved by the authors of the original essays, or by their executors. He also wishes to put on record his appreciation of the advice he was given by six friends in the task of selection and translation: Bobi Jones, Alan Llwyd, the late Rhys Tudur, the late Glyn Jones, Don Dale-Jones, and M. Wynn Thomas. For any infelicities which may remain the translator alone is responsible.
The Welsh Academic Press is grateful to the publishers whose names appear at the foot of the essays for permission to reprint copyright material in English translation. The press has made every effort to contact the holders of copyright and would be glad if any oversights were drawn to its attention.