Translated from the Welsh by Gwyneth Lewis
20 pages / hand-stitched limited-edition pamphlet / $10.00
Translated from a fourteenth century manuscript and introduced by Gwyneth Lewis (the National Poet of Wales, 2005-2006), this edition of Arthur's Talk with the Eagle marks the first time "Ymddiddan Arthur a'r Eryr" has been made available to an English-speaking audience.
In this edition, 26 copies have been hand-bound into cloth-covered boards and signed by the translator. $75. For order inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwyneth Lewis was the National Poet of Wales from 2005- 2006, the first writer to be given the Welsh laureateship. She has published numerous books of poetry in Welsh and English. Her first collection in English, Parables & Faxes, won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize. Her second, Zero Gravity, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry. The BBC made a documentary of Zero Gravity, inspired by her astronaut cousin's voyage to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Lewis's first non-fiction book, Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression, was short listed for the Mind Book of the Year. Her adaptation of the play for BBC Radio 4 won a Mental Health in the Media award. Her second book of non-fiction, Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage, recounts a voyage made with her husband on a small boat from Cardiff to North Africa. Lewis is a librettist and has written two chamber operas for children and an oratorio; all were commissioned and performed by Welsh National Opera with amateur singers. Stardust: A Love Story, which explains the basic principles of particle physics, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2006 she was Writer in Residence at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. In the 1980s, Lewis spent three years in the US as a Harkness Fellow, where she studied at Harvard University and the Graduate Writing Division of Columbia University in the City of New York. She was a television documentary producer and director at BBC Wales and left the BBC to become a freelance writer. She has been a NESTA Fellow (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and has received Wellcome Trust Sciart and Creative Wales awards. She spent a year as a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advance Studies at Harvard University. She has recently completed a Fellowship at Stanford University's Humanities Center.
"Gwyneth Lewis's astute handling to time...enables her to combine the archetypal themes of myth with concerns that preoccupy our twenty-first century consciousness. Power, morality, man and nature, gender relations, art and reality, and above all, notions of separation and exile, heritage and loss, are refracted through the prism of a spatially and temporally distant future, constantly in motion against both our own present and the mythic Blodeuwedd past. These temporal shifts are matched by Lewis's fearless mixing of the modes of poetry, prose and drama in her quest to conjure a world that will resonate long after the tale has ended, in the reader's mind."
— Times Literary Supplement, reviewing The Meat Tree