Ann Griffiths Web Site
'One of the best guarded secrets of the Island of Britain' is how a leading authority on spirituality, Canon A. M. Allchin, once described the work of Ann Griffiths. Although she died in August 1805 aged only 29 years of age, this farmer’s daughter from mid-Wales left poems and letters that are considered among the highlights of Welsh literature. Furthermore, experts have claimed that her stanzas include some of the great Christian poetry of Europe.
In 2003 Cardiff University Library launched a bilingual web site for the study of the life and work of this famous hymn-writer under the editorship of Dr E. Wyn James of the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, a leading authority on her life and work. The web site has been very warmly received, with many consulting it regularly, not only from Wales, but world-wide.
The web site includes introductory material on her life and work by Dr James, the text of her hymns and letters together with English translations, and online access to digitised versions of around 2,500 pages of books, articles and manuscripts relating to Ann Griffiths, including:
- the only surviving letter in her own handwriting
- images of the pages of the first edition of her hymns, published in 1806
- the important memoirs by John Hughes, Pontrobert and Morris Davies
- articles on Ann Griffiths and her work by a wide cross-section of authors, including works in English by A. M. Allchin, H. A. Hodges, Kathryn Jenkins, Bobi Jones, H. Elvet Lewis, Saunders Lewis and M. Wynn Thomas
This web site is a valuable resource for all who are interested in the literature, history, language and religion of Wales.
A resource of excellence available to everyone over the world wide web.
The web site’s address is: www.anngriffiths.cardiff.ac.uk
Some responses to the web site:
‘It is fabulous. What a feast!’
‘The web site is comprehensive and easy to use’
‘Excellent as a resource on Ann Griffiths — a model for similar sites’