GEECS seminar: Petals and Claws, Fiona Collins

Event Date November 22, 2017 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location – ATRIUM, Cinema (CA B205)

‘She wants to be flowers, but you make her owls. You must not complain then, if she goes hunting.’

This year marks 50 years since Alan Garner published The Owl Service. In this modern re-working of the story of Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw from the Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion, he reset not only the time of the story, but also its landscape. This talk explores the landscapes of the story of Blodeuwedd, the woman made from flowers, in The Mabinogion and Garner’s novel, and discusses some of the background to the creation of both the book and the TV series of The Owl Service. Two episodes of the TV adaptation of The Owl Service, made by Granada in 1969, will be shown.

Fiona Collins is a storyteller living in North Wales, and has been earning her living telling traditional tales for over twenty-five years. Welsh is her second language. In 1999 she was awarded a PhD for her work on the contribution of storytelling to primary education. She is the author of three collections of North Wales folk tales and a reworking of The Four Branches of The Mabinogion, ‘The Legend of Pryderi’, all published by The History Press. She is a life-long fan of Alan Garner’s work and is the storyteller in Petals and Claws /Petalau a Chrafangau, a multi-disciplinary project curated by David Heke that brings together artists from either side of the Welsh/English border to explore and celebrate this ground-breaking story and its origins in Welsh myth. For where and when to see Petals and Claws/Petalau a Chrafangau, see here.

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