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The Meat Tree

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The Meat Tree (New Stories from the Mabinogion) By Gwyneth Lewis,  book reviewThe Mabinogion are a collection of eleven prose stories that have a very large presence in Welsh literature. Drawing on pre-Christian Celtic mythology, folklore, and early medieval traditions, each of these tales is the product of a longstanding Welsh narrative tradition, and has been widely influential, especially since their translation into English. At the heart of the Mabinogion – the name given to this collection, as compiled and translated in English in the 19th century by Lady Charlotte Guest – is the four branches of heroic tales that make up the Mabinogi proper. The fourth branch, Math Fab Mathonwy (Math, son of Mathonwy) is the tale that has been re-imagined in Gwyneth Lewis’ The Meat Tree, one of Seren Books’ new stories from the Mabinogion collection.

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The Dreams of Max and Ronnie

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Ronnie's Dream (New Stories from the Mabinogion) By (author) Niall Griffiths, book reviewThe Mabinogion looms very large in the culture of Wales; as Niall Griffiths notes in his afterword to The Dreams of Max and Ronnie, it follows him wherever he goes to write “like luggage”. Given this presence, it is perhaps surprising that it took so long for a publisher to commission a contemporary reworking of these classic myths and stories, to breathe new life into them and bring them to a modern audience and readership. That is exactly what Seren Books have now done in their developing range, “New Stories from the Mabinogion”. In October 2009 they presented the first two books of the series – White Ravens (based on Branwen, Daughter of Llyr) and The Ninth Wave (a retelling of Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed) – and followed them up with The Dreams of Max and Ronnie and Gwyneth Lewis’ The Meat Tree in October 2010.

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