Myth, Folktale and Fantasy

Mon 8 August 2022 - Fri 12 August 2022
Tutors / Catherine Johnson & Marcus Sedgwick
Guest Reader / Catherine Fisher
Course Fee / From £575 - £675 per person
Genre / Fiction
Language / English

This course will use popular and lesser-known myths and folktales as a starting point to influence new works of fiction and fantasy. We will take these ancient tales apart to find the elements that form the building blocks of every fantastic story: strong characters in otherworldly places, dubious morals, quests and adventures, metaphors and more. The tutors will teach you how to use these findings as inspiration to create your own epic work, by leading discussions and workshops as well as working individually with you on your own images, ideas, and words. With Tŷ Newydd rooted in the land that inspired the Mabinogi, the week will include plenty of free time to take walks down to the beach to look across the bay to the throne of Bendigeidfran the giant at Harlech Castle, or to the river Dwyfor where the fairies can sometimes be seen in the dusk…

This course will be suitable for beginners and the more experienced and could help writers develop their craft in writing short stories, novels, literature for young adults and children and developing stories to recite aloud.


Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is an award-winning author for children and young adults. She has twice been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and her most recent title Freedom won the 2019 Little Rebel’s Award and has been nominated for the IBBY Honour List 2020. Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. Her TV work includes the adaption of Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings for TV, and Holby City. She is currently working on an adaptation of Miranda Kaufmann's Black Tudors for Silverprint Pictures.

Marcus Sedgwick

Alongside a 16-year career in bookselling and publishing, Marcus Sedgwick established himself as an award-winning writer of books for young people. He now writes full time, with books for older people too; his second adult novel, Mister Memory (Mulholland Books), was published in 2016. He has won many prizes, most notably the Printz Award for Midwinterblood (Orion Children's Books, 2012), the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal eight times, the Edgar Allan Poe Award twice and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize four times. In 2011, Revolver (Orion Children's Books, 2010) was awarded a Printz Honor. He was born and raised in East Kent but now lives in south-west France.

Guest Reader

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is a poet and writer of fiction for children and Young Adults. Author of over 30 books, her work has been shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Costa Awards, and the Blue Peter Prize. She has twice won the Welsh Books Council’s Tir na n-Og prize, and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and was the inaugural Young People’s Laureate Wales. Her bestselling Incarceron (HodderChildren’s Books) was a New York Times bestseller and The Times Children’s Book of the Year. Catherine’s work is a celebration of folklore, landscape and the strange. The Clockwork Crow trilogy (Firefly, 2018-2020) was a popular return to younger fiction and received much critical acclaim, and a poetry collection The Bramble King appeared from Seren Books in 2019. Catherine’s latest book is a collection of short stories for children The Red Gloves and Other Stories and was published by Firefly Press in September 2021.

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