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Roy Noble

Roy Noble is a native of Brynaman in the Amman Valley of Carmarthenshire but has lived for over forty years in Aberdare with his wife, Elaine. They have one son, Richard. Roy’s early professional career was in education and in the latter years he was a Head Teacher of two primary schools in the County of Powys. He attained bursaries and a scholarship award and was able to travel extensively in Europe and the USA to study education management systems.

His move to broadcasting was gradual and part-time, writing and presenting a weekly ‘Letter form Aberdare’ on the A.M. radio programme. He eventually joined the BBC full-time and his daily radio programme has attained high listening figures in Wales for a number of years, culminating in a national Sony Award. In television, he attained the Royal Television Society Regional Presenter of the Year Award.

He still broadcasts weekly on BBC Radio Wales and recently completed a Welsh language television series for S4C, touring the Valleys of South Wales on a Honda Goldwing trike.

Roy is a patron and supporter of many charities and organisations and has been the recipient of numerous honours, including the OBE for services to the community and for charity support in Wales.

He has written several books in both Welsh and English and his autobiography, Noble Ways: Lay-bys in My Life, was published by Accent Press in 2010.

Down the Road and Round the Bend is publishing 24 May 2018, in which Roy celebrates the fascinating histories and traditional stories rooted in Wales in 20 short stories.


Down the Road and Round the Bend

In this collection of twenty short tales, Roy Noble celebrates the fascinating histories and traditional stories rooted in Wales, some canonical, and others less well-known today but equally deserving of attention.

ISBN 9781912050178, £8.99

Publication 24 May, pre-order now.

Praise for Down the Road and Round the Bend

‘…he seems unerringly to know every yard on every road in Wales. He presses mental buttons and comes up with a story, a memory or a reflection about every community he has ever called in or driven through.’ Michael Boon, Western Mail

‘Many uplifting tales that had me laughing out loud’ Dennis Gethin, President of the Welsh Rugby Union

‘Roy Noble’s writing is like his radio broadcasting – witty, good natured and quirky’ Most Reverent Dr. Barry Morgan, Former Archbishop of Wales


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Letter from Aberdare, Roy Noble

By Roy Noble, Writer, Broadcaster, Bevan Commissioner.