Song Castle was officially launched to the Welsh literary world on Thursday, April 12th at the bookshop/cafe-bar Octavo’s in Cardiff Bay. A big thank you to all who made the journey down: a combination of free wine, the convivial atmosphere and a scintillating reading from Wales’ latest medieval epic seemed to put smiles on faces.
It was a delight to have my publisher, Urbane Publications’ very own Matthew Smith, novelist Yannick Hill, journalist and award-winning blog writer Abi King and the harp maker who made the harp for the front cover of the book, Meurig Williams, among the audience.
There was a nice tie-in, too, between the theme of Song Castle (the events leading up to the first-recorded Eisteddfod of 1176) and Octavo’s being one of this year’s official Eisteddfod venues.
Anyway, for those of you who were unable to be there to enjoy it, enjoy the pictures of the evening below! And there are plenty more opportunities to see me talking about the book and revealing some of the ‘stories behind the stories’. Next up: the Tower Room in Cardigan Castle (the setting for much of the novel) on April 26th at 6pm!