From the epic mythologies of the Mabinogion through to the present day, birds have exerted a powerful influence on the literature of Wales. This unique anthology gathers together a remarkable range of poetry and prose, illustrating the varied and multi-layered response of writers across many centuries.
Birds are metaphors, cyphers for human experience; they carry our hopes, ambitions and emotions. Our lives and those of birds are intimately connected, yet birds also remain ‘other’. Fragile yet marvellously enduring; majestic killing machines; birds are the spark for powerful writing: a cause of wonder, reverence and joyous celebration.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Dafydd ap Gwilym
and many, many more