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I WILL BE MEETING THE WI AT COWBRIDGE TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER AT 8.00 P.M.TO DISCUSS THE BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH TO MY BOOKS, INCLUDING MY LATEST GLYNDWR QUARTET – AND FINDING OWAIN GLYNDWR IN CUBA. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING OLD FRIENDS AND MAKING NEW.
Imagining History: Wales in Fiction and Fact
Online Conference 12-13 November 2021
Imagined histories in the form of historical fiction, films or television programmes are often at the heart of how we think about our national and personal identities. Historical narratives based on ‘fact’ have always shaped our thinking about our nation, our communities and ourselves but they are often partial, fragmentary or distorted by particular vested interests.
Historical fictions can allow us to re-imagine those narratives, filling the gaps and silences in recorded history. They can help us to imagine alternative histories as well as new futures. This conference will explore the ways in which such fictions exist in a complex and sometimes contentious tension with mainstream historiographies.
- Y Castell Siwgr: Wales and transatlantic slavery – Angharad Tomos’s novel Y Castell Siwgr tells the story of the transatlantic links between Penrhyn castle and the plantations of Jamaica. To discuss the novel and explore the wider issue of slavery and its connections to Wales, Angharad is joined by Professor Chris Evans (University of South Wales), Audrey West and Marian Gwyn (chair, Race Council Cymru). Also includes a reading from the novel by Mirain Iwerydd.
- The Welsh in Ukraine: Fact and Fiction – the story of Merthyr-born John Hughes and the city he founded in Ukraine inspired both the three-part television history series Hughesovka and the New Russia and Catrin Collier’s trilogy, The Tsar’s Dragons. Dr James Phillips (Llafur) talks to novelist Catrin Collier and Colin Thomas, the director of the television series.
- Raymond Williams Panel: Turning History into Fiction – the influential work of theorist and historical novelist Raymond Williams, author of The People of the Black Mountains, will be discussed by historian and writer Rhian E. Jones, Williams’s biographer, the historian and novelist Professor Dai Smith, and Professor Daniel Williams (Swansea University). Chaired by Professor Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).
- How Green Was My Valley (BBC, 1975-6) – Join us for a screening of an episode of the BBC adaptation of Richard Llewelyn’s 1939 novel set in the Victorian period (by special permission of the BBC). With an introduction by actress Sue Jones Davies (who played Angharad Morgan in the BBC series) and discussion by historian Professor Angela John. This event will take place in person in Clwb y Bont, Pontypridd and must be pre-booked via this Eventbrite link. Tickets are limited to comply with Covid safety regulations. Online/Live streaming of the screening and discussion to be confirmed.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Jayne Rogers of Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning centre and Howard Thomas of Pontypridd Historical Society for organising the Free Zoom talk on Pontypridd and arranging to have it put up on You Tube. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and be delighted to rectify any mistakes. Click on poster to go to online link to the You Tube Zoom talk .
Glyndwr reads Glyndwr. Thank you Julian Lewis Jones my perfect Glyndwr in every way.
THANK YOU VINCENT DE PAUL
GLYNDWR (the book) REACHES HOLLYWOOD. Thank you so much multi award winning actor/producer/director VINCENT DE PAUL
Posted by Catrin Collier on Monday, 12 October 2020
GLYNDWR2 GLORIOUS SHALL THEIR DRAGON BE – the second book in the Glyndwr series
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LATEST REVIEWS 31.5.2020
Samantha Pitman just finished reading Glyndwr.What an amazing read, i could not put it down. Will there be a book 2 soon????? xx
I finished the last draft of “Glyndwr Glorious Shall their Dragon Be” today, Samantha. Now comes the edits but I hope to have Book 2 of 4 out this autumn. Thank you so much for your kind words and for asking. about it
AWesome. It really was an amazing read, i finished it in 2 days. Would have been 1 if it wernt for the kids!!
29 September 2019
Just finished reading “Glyndwr – The Foretold Son” by
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