A dangerous tale of desire, DNA, incest and flowers plays out within the wreckage of an ancient spaceship in 'The Meat Tree', an absorbing retelling by writer and poet Gwyneth Lewis of the Blodeuwedd story. By imposing a distance of another 200 years and millions of light years between the reader and the medieval myth, the book brings the magical tale of Blodeuwedd – a woman conjured from wild flowers – closer than ever before: maybe uncomfortably so.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with The Mabinogion or Blodeuwedd; we’ll provide an introduction and some readings – in Welsh and English – at the session. If you’re after the full story, we’d recommend The Mabinogion, A New Translation by Sioned Davies (Oxford World’s Classics, 2007). Passages from The Meat Tree will also be read aloud in the session but we recommend reading the book ahead of time if you can.
All welcome, especially those new to writing from Wales. Feel free to contact group convenor Casi Dylan with any questions: email@example.com
About the Group:
The Dark Philosophers is an open reading group which brings the literature of Wales out of the shadows. Encompassing writing in Welsh and English, contemporary and ancient, rural and urban, we are building a reading list as expansive and complex as this small nation itself.
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