Join Horatio Clare in his re-telling of ten local legends and discover the magic and mystery hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons, published this week.

Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the centuries in a hidden cave, or search for the White Lady of Tretower Court.

These brilliantly written short stories bring to life the extensive history and supernatural mystery that resides in these beautiful hills. Each story is illustrated by Jane Matthews, including a simple map of the area covered.

  1. I Never Was Black Vaughan
  2. The Men in the Cave
  3. Once Upon A Time in Wye Valley
  4. Pop the Corks Longo, an Italian in Wales
  5. The Wild Boar Chase
  6. Chris and the White Lady
  7. A Mission Station on the Buffalo River
  8. The Real Christmas Day Massacre at Abergavenny
  9. The True Prince of Wales
  10. The Lady of the Lake

The book has been praised by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, who identified it as an important contribution to this year’s Year of Legends in Wales.

The stories were debuted at a sell-out event at The Hay Festival, hosted by the festival’s director Peter Florence, who stated the collction was ‘a beautiful piece of publishing’. You can watch or listen to the event on the Hay Player website by clicking here. Brecon Beacons Myths & Legends was the number 1 best selling book on the first Saturday of the festival.

Horatio Clare writes about people, nature and landscape for adults and children. He won the Somerset Maugham Award for his bestselling title Running for the Hills in 2007, and won the Dolman Best Travel Book Award for A Single Swallow in 2010. His first children’s book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, which tackles the issue of depression, was awarded the Branford Boase Award in 2016.

Jane Matthews previously worked in the film and TV industry as a scenic artist and prop maker, before escaping to the remote Welsh island of Skomer where she monitored seals and published her first book, Skomer. She illustrated her first children’s book in 2015, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, again collaborating with Horatio Clare.