Mabinogion Series Launch

2 November 2010 - 12:20pm

Mabinogion Series Launch

2 November 2010 - 12:20pm

The Mabinogion Series Launch was celebrated in style at the St David's Hotel Cardiff, with all four authors and an enthusiastic audience. Owen Sheers, Russell Celyn Jones, Niall Griffiths and Gwyneth Lewis read and discussed their contemporary adaptations and re-workings of these ancient tales with Seren fiction editor, Penny Thomas.

Dating back centuries, the eleven stories in The Mabinogion bring us Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and their own view of the Island of Britain. There is enchantment and shape-shifting, conflict, peacemaking, love and betrayal. In this series comissoned by Seren, the old tales are at heart of the new. Each author reinvents a story in their own way, creating fresh, contemporary tales that speak to the reader as much of our own world as of events long gone.

Seren’s New Stories from the Mabinogion series launched to great acclaim in 2009, with the joint publications of Owen Sheers’s White Ravens and Russell Celyn Jones The Ninth Wave. The latest two novels in the series see leading writers Gwyneth Lewis and Niall Griffiths rework the medieval Welsh myth cycle with The Meat Tree and The Dreams of Max and Ronnie.

Praise for the Mabinogion books

'Seren's series of new stories inspired by the Mabinogion may be the greatest service to the Welsh national epic since Lady Charlotte Guest..' the Guardian 2010

'spellbinding' The Financial Times 2009

'Hauntingly imaginative' Dannie Abse 2009