The Cat with Iron Claws by Catherine Fisher


The Cat with Iron Claws by Catherine Fisher

An interpretation of a medieval Welsh tale by Catherine Fisher, recently appointed Wales' first Young Person's Laureate.


Gwythelyn the Dwarf is the keeper of the Secret, one of the Three Great Enchantments of the Isle of Britain. His nephew, Coll, is desperate to know the Secret. Gwythelyn gives in to Colls pleading, then waits to see how Coll will deal with the knowledge will he be wise or foolish? Coll is given the task of guarding Henwen, a sow pregnant with three good things and three terrible things, but she escapes from the Otherworld and makes a smashing, trampling, thundering rush into the heart of Wales. Henwen gives birth to a monster which Coll has to contain. In the process he discovers what it means to be wise. This is a rendering of one of the tales of the Welsh triads contained in medieval manuscripts, and the start of a series by the first Young Peoples Laureate for Wales aimed at readers of eight and older. It is perfectly written, and the illustrations both beautiful and apt. Mari Strachan It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher lives in Newport, Wales, with two cats. She has published three collections of poetry, all with Seren, and many novels for children, with the Bodley Head, Red Fox and Hodder Headline. She worked in teaching and archaeology before becoming a full-time writer; she is also an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She has recently taught Writing for Children at the University of Glamorgan. Myth, legend and spiritual concerns play an important part in both her novels and poems.

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48 pages


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Publication date

8th March 2012



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