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Travelling on My Own Errands - Voices of Women from 'The Mabinogi'

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  • Travelling on My Own Errands - Voices of Women from 'The Mabinogi'
  • ISBN: 9781845275921
  • Margaret Lloyd
  • Publication March 2017
  • Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm
Margaret Lloyd's fourth collection of original poetry, presented in subtle style, leads the reader to the secretmost thoughts and emotions of the female characters in The Four Branches of the Mabinogi. Author Biography: Margaret Lloyd’s father was born in Corris and her mother in Pontrhydyfen. They both graduated from UCW Aberystwyth. Her mother was the first woman to get a joint first in Welsh and English. Her father received a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He became well known as a preacher throughout Wales and was appointed minister of Heathfield Road Church in Liverpool where Margaret was born. When he was called to Moriah Presbyterian Church in the Welsh American community of Utica, New York, the family emigrated to the United States. Prominent relatives on both sides of Margaret Lloyd’s family include the internationally-known economist Professor Brinley Thomas, writer and Welsh nationalist Islwyn Ffowc Elis, actor Richard Burton, and musician Ric Lloyd of Y Blew and the Flying Pickets, and she currently has relatives in north, south, and mid-Wales. Her brother, David Lloyd, is well known in the field of Anglo-Welsh literature. Her husband, John Bollard, is widely recognized for his studies of The Mabinogi and other Welsh tales.

Lloyd succeeds in reimagining and reanimating the old tales in a startlingly original and intimate way. A scholar’s meticulousness is visible here, enhanced by an almost uncanny and creative empathy, which the poet has for these characters. Katie Gramich, Professor of English Literature, Cardiff University The voices here have an elemental quality, grounding the poems in the permanent features of Welsh landscape and its creatures – sea and sky, the seasons, beasts and birds and flowers. With these poems we see clearly the depths of women’s experience within a lovingly rendered Wales. Jeremy Hooker, poet and critic; Emeritus Professor, University of South Wales The voices in Travelling on My Own Errandsare, as it were, ‘Janus-faced’, coming from a remote past, yet speaking to us in terms that the modern mind can readily understand. John Barnie, poet and critic; former editor of Planet These poems go way beyond their sources and stand alone as a compelling expression of elemental human experience. Dafydd Johnston, Director, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth