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Voice of the Village finale!


Living in Llangwm sometimes feels like being part of one big creative family.

At this session, some of Llangwm's writers gather to talk about the best of their work on Celtic Myth and Legend, Fantasy and True Grit. They also share their strategies for getting their books out to the market.

Featuring Philippa Davies, P.J. Hetherhouse and Jenny Thomas.

Philippa Davies

After publishing 11 non-fiction books, psychologist Philippa Davies decided to try writing a novel.

The Gritties is a coming-of-age tale set in Miners Strike 1984, in a town which strikingly resembles Kidwelly. Carys Evans is 17 years old, ambitious, clever and feisty. But she is also the daughter of a mining family in South Wales, about to enter the most violent industrial dispute of modern times. Her mother starts a soup kitchen, her father becomes a strike leader and her village, Aberelli, gets invaded by journalists, police officers and strike provocateurs. Violence, intimidation and depravity prevail. Carys's world gets changed in ways she would never have imagined...

Taking us from 1984 to 2009, this is a story of survival, sex, aspiration and a fight to save community. It got made into the S4C film 'Y Streic A Fi' which won two Wales BAFTAS in 2015. Philippa is still astonished and delighted about this.

Jenny Thomas

When Roselyn, daughter of the universe, learns humanity's growing disregard for Earth's health is putting her mother's life in danger, she volunteers to nurture a new spirit for the planet's rebirth.

Roselyn arrives fresh from the world of ancient sunlight in 1784, and she soon discerns that human life is dispensable if she is to succeed in fulfilling the prophecy of the next world.

Roselyn's actions are not as compassionate as one might expect from a goddess born from the planet Venus. But when Roselyn finds the spirit of Earth growing inside a young girl whose parents have hidden her away from the world, she finds herself feeling more compassionate—and more human—than she ever thought possible.

Awakening Worlds is an alternative creation myth, a contemporary fairytale and coming of age fantasy about the nature of creation and reincarnation.

Roselyn is a strong female protagonist whose quest reveals an underlying hope for humanity despite her inhuman attitude towards the humans she encounters.

P.J. Hetherhouse

It is the distant future. Time has seen humanity rise and fall many times, seemingly
 unable to learn from the mistakes of the past. Now, on the brink of another decline, twelve people step forward to change the course of destiny. Each of them has a tale 
to tell.

The tales of the zodiac is a series inspired by Celtic mythology, Arthurian legend and, most importantly, astrology. Living in a time when Mother Nature has resumed control, the human race has regressed back to its feudal past. It is here, in two civilisations gripped by political intrigue and religious fanaticism, that the tales take place. We begin with Capricorn - The Goat's Tale.

A boy of sixteen, Gruff is old beyond his years. He is a dour, dogged, determined
 character driven by competitiveness and his rigid moral code. Unsurprisingly, 
this attitude wins him more enemies than friends and, eventually, earns him the most powerful enemy of all - the king.

This royal enmity sets him on a quest that will change his life forever. With nothing but sheer belligerence, and the help of three fierce companions (including Cancer and Scorpio), he defies the king and ultimately achieves an unthinkable victory. Above all things, The Goat's Tale is a tribute to the indomitable soul of the Capricorn.


Llangwm Village Hall


5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

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