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Hywel Teifi

Hywel Teifi

Paying tribute to Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards

S4C will pay tribute to Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards following his death at the beginning of this year by broadcasting a documentary, first aired in September 2009, profiling the scholar, historian, broadcaster and prolific author.

In the programme, Hywel Teifi himself takes viewers on a journey. He shares his childhood memories, traces his life and career and emphasises the importance of telling a nation's story to its people.

Passionate man

Friends and colleagues are also invited to share their stories about this passionate man who enthralled audiences across Wales with his inspiring lectures and engaging wit.

Hywel Teifi was raised in the coastal village of Aberarth, between Aberystwyth and Cardigan in Ceredigion. Its beautiful beach was an integral part of his happy childhood.

He went on to study at Aberystwyth University and after graduating, taught at Blaengarw near Bridgend.

He married Aerona at Blaengarw's Tabernacl Chapel in 1960 and the couple had two children, Huw, the well-known news anchor, and Meinir, who has pursued a successful career in cancer nursing research.


The family moved to the village of Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, when Hywel Teifi accepted a post with the Extra Mural Department of Swansea University. He later became Professor of Welsh at Swansea.

Rhian Gibson, S4C's Director of Commissioning, said, "Hywel Teifi was a unique character, an astute commentator and scholar, full of enthusiasm and wit. He was also an excellent communicator and a regular contributor to S4C over the years."

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