Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd Myths & Legends

Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd Myths & Legends

Horatio Clare and Jane Matthews
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Hardback 210 x 148mm| 80 pages | Publication February 2024 | ISBN 9781913134297

Horatio Clare re-tells six myths and legends of Wales’ celebrated regions of Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd, including Carew Castle, Pembroke Castle, Eleanor’s Gyrfalcon and William Marshall. These brilliantly written short stories bring to life the extensive history and supernatural mystery that resides in these beautiful landscapes. Each story is illustrated by Jane Matthews.


'These stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Through hills and valleys, churches and meadows, public halls and marketplaces, the people of Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd have probably heard the stories from their particular patch time and time again.

Not like this. Horatio Clare has a natural gift for storytelling and for gathering tales as old as time and presenting them with a silver ribbon for the future.

Words flow through him like the Cleddau and the Conwy, lifting him up to a place among Welsh storytellers as high as Aran Fawddwy.' Elena Gower, Nation.Cymru

Horatio Clare
Horatio's first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won the Somerset Maugham Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow, The Prince's Pen and the best-selling travelogue, Down to the Sea in Ships, winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Horatio's first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, was listed for the Carnegie Medal and won the Branford Boase Award 2016. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio.

Jane Matthews
Jane grew up in Bristol. She previously worked in the film and TV industry as a scenic artist and prop maker, before escaping to the remote Welsh Island of Skomer, where she monitored seals and published her first book, Skomer. She is now based in Shetland, working as an illustrator and exhibition manager. She illustrated her first children's book in 2015, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, also by Horatio Clare.