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Roberts, Lynette

Our collections contain published works by and about the Welsh modernist poet Lynette Roberts (1909 - 1995). Roberts  was born in Buenos Aires to parents of Welsh descent and educated in Argentina and London. The finding list below is derived from Explore the British Library.

Poetry | Prose | Critical essays

After marrying the Welsh poet and editor Keidrych Rhys, she moved to Wales, where she spent the 1940s, working as a poet and painter. Roberts and Rhys divorced in 1949, and she moved back to London. Roberts published very little after The Endeavour: Captain Cook's first voyage to Australia (1954).


Collected Poems. Manchester: Carcanet, 2005. Shelfmark: YK.2006.a.5797

Gods with stainless ears: a heroic poem. London: Faber & Faber, 1951. Shelfmark:

Poems. London: Faber & Faber, 1944. Shelfmark: 11656.f.26.

"Two poems: To a Welsh woman. The Circle of C.". In: The Caseg broadsheets of Welsh poetry. No. 4 [1942]. Shelfmark: Cup.501.k.48


The Endeavour: Captain Cook's first voyage to Australia. [With plates, including a portrait.] London: Peter Owen, 1954. Shelfmark: 10497.a.87.

An Introduction to village dialect, with seven stories. London: Druid Press, [1944.] Shelfmark: 12986.f.11.

Critical essays

Pikoulis, John. "Awen warcheidiol: mae cerddi anarferol Lynette Roberts yn ei gosod ymhlith y goreuon o'r llenorion Eingl-Gymreig". In: Barn 394 (1995), pp. 44-5. Shelfmark: P.P.8005.pj.

Wheale, Nigel. "Beyond the trauma stratus: Lynette Roberts' Gods with stainless ears and the postwar cultural landscape". Welsh writing in English: a yearbook of critical essays. Vol. 3 (1997), pp. 99-107. Shelfmark: ZC.9.a.4120

Wheale, Nigel. "Lynette Roberts: legend and form in the 1940s". In: Critical quarterly, 36/3 (1994), pp. 4-19. Shelfmark: P.P.4881.sct/3

Wilkinson, John. "The Brain's tent" [review essay of Collected Poems], Boston Review, 31:5 (Sept./Oct. 2006). Shelfmark: ZA.9.d.333. Also available online.