Kate Roberts was born and raised in Rhosgadfan, a village situated near Dyffryn Nantlle, Caernarfon and Snowdonia, at the turn of the twentieth century, when the slate industry was at its most productive and industrious. Even though Kate settled into married life in Denbigh, her childhood home and the surrounding area would always remain close to her heart and be a source of inspiration throughout her entire literary career.
Moel Tryfan, a location both familiar and dear to the author, is the backdrop of her earliest work. Her childhood memories were the source of her ideas, the basis of her stories and what fuelled her imagination. Kate’s home and her upbringing were responsible for her remarkable outlook and insight whilst writing about the Welsh countryside and its inhabitants.
Rhosgadfan and the surrounding area was the location in which her stories were set. By looking at Cae’r Gors her characters come alive. The children in her stories play in the fields, the rivers and amongst the heather. One of her most famous stories, Te yn y Grug (Tea in the Heather), takes place upon nearby Moel Smytho and from the top of Lon Wen, Jane Gruffydd could see the village and the slate buildings in the story Traed Mewn Cyffion (Feet in Chains). In the shop in Rhostryfan, Ffani Rolant made her Taliad Olaf (Last Payment), and both her father and grandfather worked in the Cilgwyn slate mine.