Author of the Month

In celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends, we are shining the spotlight on one of our legendary Welsh authors each month.

Legend of the Month, December: New Stories from the Mabinogion

For the final month of 2017, we celebrate all ten of the talented authors who contributed to our ‘New Stories from the Mabinogion’ series.

These ten great authors took the Celtic myth cycle as a starting point to give us masterly re-workings with a modern twist in a series both various and wonderful: we reach the orbit of Mars, the Tower of London and the edges of India, travel in time to WW2 and forward to the near future, see Iraq in drug-addled dreams, and view Wales aslant, from its countryside to its council estates. We touch on nation-building and personal tragedy, bravery and betrayal.

The series launched in 2009 with The Ninth Wave by Russell Celyn Jones and White Ravens by Owen Sheers, and continued in 2010 with two excellent new titles: The Meat Tree by Wales’ first National Poet, Gwyneth Lewis, and The Dreams of Max and Ronnie by Niall Griffiths. In 2011 came Fflur Dafydd’s The White Trail and Horatio Clare’s The Prince's Pen, followed in 2012 by Lloyd Jones’ See How They Run and Cynan Jones’ Bird, Blood, Snow. In October 2013 the set was completed with Tishani Doshi's Fountainville and Trezza Azzopardi's The Tip of My Tongue.

Find all ten of the ‘New Stories from the Mabinogion’ here.

Discover a great selection of books by our other legendary writers on the Year of Legends page.