Harri Elwyn Pritchard-Jones (3 October 1933[1][2] – 10 March 2015) was an English-born Welsh language author, critic, and psychiatrist.

Pritchard-Jones was born in Dudley, Worcestershire (now West Midlands), but brought up and educated in Anglesey. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before working as a doctor and psychiatrist in the Cardiff area. He published his first Welsh book, Troeon, in 1966, and during his life published 15 collections of poetry, short stories, and criticism, as well as novels, translations, and TV scripts. His work was itself translated into several languages.[3][4] He won awards from the National Eisteddfod and the Arts Council, and was a Fellow of the Welsh Academy (Yr Academi Gymreig), an organisation of which he was chairman between 1991 and 1996.[3]

Pritchard-Jones was an active member of Plaid Cymru and unsuccessfully fought a number of local elections for the party in the Cardiff area. His last campaign was for the Eglwys Wen ward at the 1993 elections to South Glamorgan County Council when he finished fourth polling 211 votes.

Personal life

Pritchard-Jones married Lenna Harries. Their son is the journalist Guto Harri.[5]


Harri Pritchard-Jones died at the Marie Curie Hospital in Penarth, at the age of 81.[6][7]


  1. ^ Kay, Ernest (1982). The International authors and writers who's who. International Biographical Centre. p. 522. ISBN 9780900332883. Retrieved 10 June 2018. Pritchard-Jones, Harri Elwyn, b. 3 Oct. 1933, Dudley, UK.
  2. ^ 1939 England and Wales Register
  3. ^ a b The Writers of Wales Database; retrieved 12 March 2015. Archived May 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Swansea University speaker biographies; retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ Neil Prior. "Profile: Guto Harri goes from Boris Johnson to News International PR chief", BBC News, 21 May 2012; retrieved 12 March 2015.
  6. ^ "PRITCHARD-JONES Harri : Obituary". Media Wales Group. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  7. ^ BBC News, "Writer Harri Pritchard Jones dies aged 81", 11 March 2015; retrieved 12 March 2015.