January 25, 2020

One of my ambitions - to visit the lovely island of Llanddwyn off the Anglesey coast and stand amongst the ruins of St Dwynwen's Church. Perhaps the magic fish will be there in the well, but in which direction will s/he be swimming?

I love Welsh folklore - it's bonkers!...

January 23, 2020

The episode from Sunday 12th January features the mysterious 'Mynachlog Fawr' house at Ystrad Fflur, built from the stone of Strata Florida Abbey. It was the seat of the Steadman Family who were related by marriage to the Powells of Nanteos and the famous  'Nanteos Cup...

January 9, 2020

Welcome to the (old) New Year - time for some wassailing through the dark:dressing up/ cross dressing, getting drunk and duelling via bawdy poetry from farm to farm, tavern to tavern.

At this time of year Y Fari Lwyd, the skull of a horse, dressed all in ribbons and bel...

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...

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