Event

The Assembly of the Severed Head – with Hugh Lupton

Sunday 27 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
3 - 4pm
£8 / weekend ticket £90

13th Century Wales. A small monastic outpost is rocked to its core when a gruesome discovery is made on the nearby shoreline: a severed human head, the first of several to wash up along the surrounding coast. Not long after, the holy brothers stumble across the smouldering ruins of a bardic school and within, a pile of decapitated bodies – all that is left of King John’s brutal massacre. But one man, barely alive, is found hiding amongst the carnage. He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest bard of his age, who holds in his head all the ancient stories of his land…

So begins Hugh Lupton’s masterful new novel which tells the story of the making of The Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh myth cycle which existed in oral form for generations before it was set down in writing. In Lupton’s re-telling, we witness these stories of spirits and shape-shifters, giants and time-travellers, curses and spells being told as they originally would have been in the ancient bardic tradition. Set against the rigid Christian doctrine of the monastery, these tales ask as much of their audience as they tell, illuminating why they have remained an inspirational part of Welsh and British culture for centuries. Think Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Tolkien rolled into one – and you are only half-way there…

Hugh Lupton is an internationally renowned story-teller and novelist whose Welsh heritage has led to him becoming an authority on these stories. Hugh will be telling the story of Pryderi, the only character to feature in all four branches of The Mabinogion.

The Mabinogion (BBC Wales)

Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

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This event is captioned and BSL-interpreted.

   

About Hugh Lupton

Hugh Lupton has been a central figure in the British storytelling revival for 30 years. Storytelling is in his blood – he’s the great-nephew of Arthur Ransome. Hugh tells myths, legends and folktales from many cultures but his particular passion is for the hidden layers of the British landscape and the stories and ballads that give them voice. He has written many collections of folktales and a novel, The Ballad of John Clare. His second novel The Assembly of the Severed Head, which is about the moment The Mabinogion was set down on the page, will be published in 2018.

John Clare: The Badger & True North

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May 27, 2018 3:00 pm May 27, 2018 3:00 pm Europe/London The Assembly of the Severed Head – with Hugh Lupton Writers' Centre Norwich –

13th Century Wales. A small monastic outpost is rocked to its core when a gruesome discovery is made on the nearby shoreline: a severed human head, the first of several to wash up along the surrounding coast. Not long after, the holy brothers stumble across the smouldering ruins of a bardic school and within, a […]

Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
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