Myfanwy Haycock (1913–1963) was a Welsh poet, illustrator, BBC broadcaster, and journalist. She was born Blodwen Myfanwy Haycock in Pontnewynydd, Wales, near Pontypool, in the traditional county of Monmouthshire, .
Early life and education
She was the youngest of three daughters born to James David Haycock, a miner and his wife, Alice Maud. She was educated locally at Cwm-ffrwd-oer Primary School and Pontypool Grammar School for Girls, entering Cardiff Technical College.
She decided to forsake a career as an art teacher for that of a freelance journalist.
From 1936 she wrote poems and short stories and often illustrated them with woodcuts and black and white illustrations. These were regularly published in the Western Mail newspaper, based in Cardiff, and other South Wales papers. She also submitted work to journals and other publications.
World War II
During World War II she initially became a wages clerk in a munitions factory at ROF Glascoed between Pontypool and Usk, then Assistant Welfare Officer in a Cardiff barrage balloon factory, a teacher and then an Information Officer at the local agricultural college at Usk.
In 1943 she joined the BBC in London where two of her radio plays were broadcast. She gave regular readings over the airwaves and she entered journalism in 1945, also in London, writing articles for various papers.
She also designed cards, had poems published, illustrated books and became a member of the Society of Women Journalists.
Marriage and family life
Her health gradually deteriorated although she still wrote articles and even read some of her poems on television.
She died in 1963.
Her work is still remembered, although not widely known and rarely heard.
She is best known for 'Mountain Over Paddington' 1964 and collections of her poetry, 'Poems' 1944 and 'More Poems' 1945.
Her work can be seen on display at Torfaen Museum.
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