Book: White Ravens in English
Title: White Ravens
Author: SHEERS, OWENPublisher: Seren, 2009
Availability: 2-3 weeks
New Stories from the Mabinogion is an exciting series of contemporary
novels by leading authors, reworking ancient Celtic myth cycles.The
first two stories are published in October 2009. Authors so far
commissioned are Owen Sheers, Niall Griffiths, Russell Celyn Jones and
Gwyneth Lewis. The eleven stories in the Mabinogion are diverse
medieval Welsh tales taken from two fourteenth-century manuscripts
collating a much earlier oral tradition.
They were first translated into English in the nineteenth century. They bring us Celtic mythology, a history of the Island of Britain seen through the eyes of medieval Wales, and include the first appearance in literature of King Arthur - but tell tales that stretch way beyond the boundaries of contemporary Wales. There is enchantment and shape-shifting, conflict, peacemaking, love, betrayal.
A wife conjured out of flowers is punished for unfaithfulness by being turned into an owl,Arthur and his knights chase a magical wild boar and its piglets from Ireland, across south Wales to Cornwall, a prince changes places with the king of the underworld for a year - Each author has chosen a story to reinvent and retell for their own reasons and in their own way: creating fresh, contemporary tales which speak to us today, while tapping into a vigorous source of stories still flowing just beneath the surface of our culture. White Ravens by Owen Sheers is the first in the series and is based on the tale of Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, one of the most action-packed in the whole myth cycle. This 2009 retelling moves this bloodthirsty tale of Welsh/Irish power struggles and family tensions into the twenty-first century, but retains many of the bizarre and magical happenings of the original.