This morning, Horatio Clare will feature with his forthcoming title from Graffeg, Brecon Beacons Myths and Legends, in which the 2016 Branford Boase award-winner re-imagines ten traditional stories from the area. Moving through the volume, readers and listeners will traverse both the raw, unspoiled terrain of Brecon, as well as the centuries. Horatio inhabits a variety of voices, from that of an infamous warlord seeking to right his reputation to a local lad sent out to fight in the far reaches of the British Empire. In turns reflective and hilariously funny, Horatio has given these long-lasting stories a fresh and contemporary transformation for new readers, and we hope the audience will enjoy these eclectic tales ahead of the official publication on 8th June.

Horatio Clare

Horatio’s first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won the Somerset Maugham Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow, The Prince’s Pen and the best-selling travelogue, Down to the Sea in Ships, winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Horatio’s first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, was listed for the Carnegie Medal and won the Branford Boase Award 2016. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio.

Best-selling author Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, who publishes a range of gift stationary with Graffeg, will also be talking Oliver Balch through the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep.