(1929–2004) Welsh short story writer, novelist, and playwright, born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Drawing on his experiences as a probation officer and teacher, his work portrays an urban, post-industrial, emphatically unromantic Wales. His critical reputation rests mainly on two collections of stories, Dai Country (1973) and The Former Miss Merthyr Tydfil (1976); the novel Home to an Empty House (1973); and the autobiography Days of Absence (1986), though he published much else besides. Ennal's Point (1977) and Barque Whisper (1979) belong to an unfinished marine trilogy. Richards scripted many episodes of the 1970s television series The Onedin Line, and edited the Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories (1976). A Touch of Glory (1980) celebrates Welsh rugby.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.