Dr Daryl Leeworthy is an author and educator. He has written extensively on the social, cultural and political histories of modern Wales. His current work concerns the development of social democratic politics in Wales as well as the impact of that form of politics on minorities and the less powerful. Daryl is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He received his PhD from Swansea University and previously read history at Oriel College, Oxford, and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on both radio and television as an expert contributor in English, Welsh and French. Programmes of note include Who Do You Think You Are? and BBC Radio Wales’s documentaries to mark the impact of the Russian Revolution on Welsh society, the Story of LGBT Wales, and Paper Dragon: 150 Years of the Russian Revolution.
Daryl’s most recent book, Labour Country: Political Radicalism and Social Democracy in South Wales, 1831-1985 (Parthian, 2018) was described by Professor Peter Stead as ‘staggering in its ability to travel from decade to decade and from one previously distinctly-labelled age to another with total freedom … Not many Welsh history books have been so easy to read’. His first book, Fields of Play: The Sporting Heritage of Wales (RCAHMW, 2012) was greeted by Dr Emma Lile of the National Museum of Wales as ‘a highly readable and engrossing study’. His study of Welsh LGBT life, A Little Gay History of Wales has been described as ‘ground-breaking … joining the broader conversation in queer history about the significance of the regional, local and particular – but from a new perspective: no-one has looked in this detail at Wales’. He is currently at work on biographies of Elaine Morgan (1920-2013) and Gwyn Thomas (1913-1981). The latter is to appear in the Modern Wales series edited by Professor Dai Smith, supported by the Rhys Davies Trust, and published by Parthian.
Daryl was born in Weston-Super-Mare in the South-West of England but moved to the South Wales Valleys as a young child. He grew up in the aftermath of the coal mining industry and went to school in Pontypridd, where he still lives. He can be found on twitter @drleeworthy.
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