Owain Owain

Welsh novelist, short story writer and poet

Owain Owain (19291993) was a Welsh novelist, short story writer, poet.

Owain Owain was born in Pwllheli, North Wales, and was educated in Bangor University, where he studied physics. He became a nuclear scientist at Windscale, Cumbria for a few years before settling back at Bangor in 1955 to raise a family. He was one of the founders of the Welsh Language Society and edited the society's main voice Tafod y Ddraig.

In January 1964 he wrote about the importance of the Fro Gymraeg or Welsh Heartland.


  • The computer makes it posible to create a central information centre of all human achievements; and for any individual, from the comfort of his own home, to interrogate that information. For example, you would like to see a picture of the tallest horse? Then before your last finger clicks the last button that photograph will be up on your screen, in your own home.
  • What effect will all this have on education? First of all, teaching computer skill will be more important - much more important - than teaching children lists of facts. The computer will become the child's memory.
  • And teachers will be promoted from being the deliverers of facts to being being guides - guiding their peoples through rich and valued experiences offered by the computer.
    • 'Y Cymro' (Welsh weekly newspaper), 23/07/1969
  • Enillwn y Fro Gymraeg, ac fe enillir Cymru, ac oni enillir y Fro Gymraeg, nid Cymru a enillir.'
    • Translation: 'If we win the Welsh Heartland, then we win Wales; if we lose the Welsh Heartland, it is not Wales that we win.'
    • Y Cymro, 12/11/1964

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