Tales from the Deep by Cerys Matthews

Tales from the Deep

Written by Cerys Matthews
Illustrated by Fran Evans


Tales from the Deep by Cerys Matthews

Two Welsh legends are brought to life for a new audience in this debut publication from Cerys Matthews. The legends of Cantre'r Gwaelod and the Maid of Llyn y Fan are lyrically retold, accompanied by stunning images from Fran Evans, making this an ideal publication for children of 5 years old and over.


This lovely picture book contains the retelling of two famous Welsh legends. The first is 'The Lady of Llyn y Fan (the Doctors of Myddfai)', in which Gwyn, a young farmer, falls in love with a beautiful water-nymph. They marry and have three fine sons who are destined to be famous physicians, but there are conditions to enduring happiness for the family ...

Famous singer and composer Cerys Matthews has written her first childrens book, and it is no surprise that the words have a lyrical flow which really need to be read aloud to fully appreciate the cadences of the language.

-over book adds to the tactile attraction for yet another generation of listeners and readers.

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

About the Author

Cerys Matthews is well known worldwide as a successful singer / songwriter. Formerly the front woman of cult band Catatonia, she was a rock icon in the 1990's. In recent years she has returned to her folk roots and since released five successful solo albums. She currently presents a Sunday show for BBC 6 Music, and will be touring to promote her new album in May 2011. She is well known for her talent with words, and as a mother of three, ideally placed to rework these Welsh legends for a young, contemporary audience. Fran Evans lives in Pembrokeshire, and is a successful, highly popular illustrator and author. She draws inspiration from nature and the world around her. She is known for her soft, subtle and often amusing watercolours, that are alive with detail and explore the magic of the natural world.

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Book Info


32 pages


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Pont Books an imprint of Gomer Press

Publication date

19th April 2011



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