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November 11, 2019

Sorry there have been no posts here since coming back from Milwaukee. I'm looking forward to doing a series on life in Ceredigion in the 1750s but have had to get my head down to the serious business of actually writing the novel now- the MS is due into the publishers...

October 1, 2019

Really enjoyed being a groupie for Jeremy and the band at NAFOW in Milwaukee this year. Calennig have performed all over the world and play a dozen instruments between them.Available for hire too, this is the band with Y Mari Lwyd at the opening concert in the grand ba...

August 18, 2019

Bant a ni !

July 11, 2019

Yes, of course you draw on your own experience when you write, but it is often woven into the story in a way that can surprise even yourself. An image comes to mind of an old wooden jigsaw I played with as a child. The irregular, conventional pieces made up a cottage g...

June 25, 2019

One of the things I love about doing research for historical writing is contact with unfamiliar language, ideas and sentiments. Mary Powell, a historical character and one of the main protagonists in The Dipping Pool, was an educated and monied woman with independent i...

June 3, 2019

The lovely College of Art in Aberystwyth has regular exhibitions and I found myself on my own in the silent rooms. I'd come to see the strangest of exhibitions: Queer Tastes: Works from the George Powell Bequest,  curated by students and chosen from objects donated by...

May 15, 2019

On the hill overlooking Dylife near the former drovers road nears Penycrobren, which roughly translates as “Gallows Hill” is the site where many a public execution is said to have taken place. One story goes like this:

'In the 18th century local blacksmit...

April 26, 2019

So many of the locations I used in the novel, set in 1750s, Cardiganshire still remain. Whilst writing the book and in writing the pre/sequel, I've not had to imagine many of the places that feature in the lives of the historical characters - I can just go there. R.S....

April 20, 2019

No, this is a modern picture of course - rather tame looking 'Easter cupcakes'. In our times, apart from practising Christians, Easter seems aimed at children. There is even confusion in many people's minds as to what happens in Easter week, leading up to Good Friday,...

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