Many eminent literary figures were born in the Moel Tryfan and Dyffryn Nantlle areas. These include:

Dic Tryfan of Rhosgadfan, a leading short-story writer; Glasynys of Rhostryfan; the poet Lisi Jones of Y Fron; the academics Syr Thomas Parry and Dafydd Glyn Jones and the gifted writer Gruffudd Parry, all of whom were born and raised in Carmel; Dr John Gwilym Jones, one of our most important dramatists, was from Y Groeslon; Rhyd-ddu can claim Syr T. H. Parry-Williams; Drws-y-coed was the home of the Brothers Ffransis (singers); Hywel D. Roberts was from Nantlle; one of our greatest and best-loved poets, R. Williams Parry, hailed from Tal-y-sarn; the multi-talented Gwilym R. Jones and Idwal Jones were also from Tal-y-sarn; R. Alun Roberts, Silyn Roberts and Mathonwy Hughes were all from the Cymffyrch area; Llyfni Huws and John Llywelyn Roberts hailed from Penygroes.

From more recent times, John Selwyn Lloyd, Bryn Fôn and Bleddyn Huws all hail from Nebo and Tanrallt; Wynford Ellis Owen and Cefin Roberts come from Llanllyfni.

It is safe to say that they were all profoundly influenced by the close-knit quarrying communities in which they grew up.

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