H.E.A.D. TALKS #6 : ‘The Assembly Of The Severed Head’ - Mabinogion Stories with Hugh Lupton

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, SY11 1LF
Sat 23rd March 2019

Following on from last year's gripping performance of the oldest story in the English language ‘Beowulf’, award-winning master storyteller and author Hugh Lupton returns to introduce The Hermon audience to his most recent book ‘The Assembly Of The Severed Head’, in which he turns his attention to the earliest collection of ancient Welsh tales, The Mabinogion.

Hugh Lupton’s novel ‘The Assembly of the Severed Head’ was published in May 2018.

A small monastic outpost in 13th Century Wales is rocked to its core when a severed human head is found washed up on the sea-shore.  Not long afterwards the holy brothers stumble across the scene of a massacre. A bardic school has been destroyed by Norman mercenaries. Only one survivor, barely alive, is found hiding nearby. He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest poet of his age. He holds in his head the four ‘branches’ of an ancient, epic myth cycle: The Mabinogion.

As part of this event Hugh will be telling some of these stories, talk about his book and the moment in history when these extraordinary, magical tales moved from the oral tradition to the written page. The afternoon will be concluded with a Q.&A. session followed by a book- signing.

Please join us for this intriguing combination of Live Storytelling, Book Talk, Q. & A. and Book Signing in the astoundingly appropriate setting of The Hermon, a Grade 2* listed former Welsh Chapel.

Praise for Hugh’s novel:

‘Here is a truly memorable novel, possibly a great one, standing at the intersection of the oral and the written. This is the novel that Lupton was born to write. It is by turns spiritual, magical, passionate, tender, visceral and gory. It is beautifully crafted. And its backbone is a humane engagement with the power and function of story.’ - Kevin Crossley-Holland

‘A real gem: I read it avidly and then started re-reading it - a tremendously credible reworking of the material, which I found compelling reading… a wonderful achievement.’  - Rowan Williams

More about Hugh:

Hugh Lupton is one of Britain's leading storytellers. His interest in traditional music, street theatre, live poetry, and myth resulted in his choice to become a professional storyteller in 1981. In 1985 he formed the Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Pomme Clayton, which toured Britain for many years, running workshops, performing at arts centres and theatres, organizing festivals, and working in education. His work with Daniel Morden on Greek epics such as The Iliad, The Odyssey  and Metamorphoses  has received wide acclaim and won both storytellers in 2006 the Classical Association Award for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics'.  Lupton's first novel The Ballad of John Clare was published in 2010.

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