Kate Roberts, born on February 13th 1891, was the first child of Owen and Catrin Roberts, who were both married for the second time. Three brothers were to follow, Richard, Evan and David. From 1895 to 1904 Kate attended the Council Primary School in Rhostryfan, and after winning a scholarship she attended Caernarfon County Secondary School from 1904 until 1910.
Kate then became a student at Bangor University where she was tutored by John Morris Jones and Ifor Williams and went on to graduate with honours in Welsh and received a teaching certificate.
Kate began her career as a teacher at Dolbadarn Primary School (1913-1914) and then Ystalyfera County School (1915-1917). She taught T. Rowland Hughes at Dolbadarn and Gwenallt at Ystalyfera and described Gwenallt as her most brilliant student.
In 1917 she moved to the County Girls’ School in Aberdar where she remained until 1928.
1925 and 1926 were significant years for Kate Roberts for a number of reasons. 1925 saw the publication of her first collection of short stories, O Gors y Bryniau, and marked the beginning of her involvement with the new political party Plaid Cymru, when it was being established in Pwllheli.
1926 was the year in which her second collection of stories, Deian a Doli, was published as well as it being the year she met Morris T. Williams, the man she would later marry, at Groeslon train station, both travelling to Machynlleth to begin work for Plaid Cymru.
Kate married Morris T. Williams in 1928. They lived together in Cardiff for a number of years before moving to Dinbych in 1935 and purchasing the publishing firm Gwasg Gee which published the Welsh newspaper, Y Faner.
Morris died in 1946 and for the next ten years Kate ran the business alone. She continued to publish the newspaper and contributed to it regularly, writing about politics, literature and even house work. She retired in 1956 but continued to write stories.
Kate Roberts died on April 14th 1985 at the age of 94.
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Mae rhan o Gymru heno
A chraig o wraig yn y gro, –
Rhan oedd ry fawr i huno.
Chwerw alaeth bro’r chwareli – a naddodd
Yn llenyddiaeth inni,
Heniaith hon a’i rhyddiaith hi
Heddiw sy’n gofeb iddi.