Y Wraig ar Lan yr Afon

Y Wraig ar Lan yr Afon
(The Woman on the Riverbank)

Described by its author as more akin to myth than a novel, Y Wraig ar Lan yr Afon (The Woman on the Riverbank) centres on the arrival of the mysterious Rachel, who sets up home in the Red House on the banks of the river at the edges of Blaenau Seiont. An enigmatic figure whose potentially dark and violent past comes to haunt the narrative, the book traces the profound impact of Rachel’s presence on the local community, in particular the lives of studious Egwyl, the story’s narrator, and Myrr Alaw, a child who already at nine years old has been kerbed to society’s edges.

The forces that draw and hold together these three liminal figures become the book’s central interest: their relationship drawing at times on the Triads of Celtic mythology, or perhaps of Holy Trinities, three distinct figures as one. As Egwyl finds in Rachel a means and model of personal liberation, the destructive nature of their connection blurs into a dark culmination which sits somewhere between fact and fiction. Encompassing themes of faith, self-determination and sexuality, Williams presents us with a creative exploration of the condition of inbetween-ness – a space that this inimitable wordsmith inhabits to great effect, the poetry of his unique prose style flowing throughout with the force of a river.

A central figure in contemporary Welsh literature – a prize-winning playwright and poet as well as a novelist – Y Wraig ar Lan yr Afon affirms Aled Jones Williams’ place amongst the most exciting, enigmatic and boundary-challenging writers of his generation

Reviews

  • “It compels us to raise questions and to enjoy inhabiting that space between knowing and not knowing, between good and evil, between fact and fiction.”

    Hannah Sams, O'r Pedwar Gwynt

  • "The relationship between the main characters is as exciting and tense as the plot itself; an emotional, sometimes sexual, tension that excites you as they and their relationships grow, mature and evolve throughout the book."

    Iwan, Golwg

Aled Jones Williams

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Publication details:

Y Wraig ar Lan yr Afon
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2020)

160pp

Translation rights:

Myrddin ap Dafydd

Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
12 Iard yr Orsaf
Llanrwst
Conwy, LL26 0EH
Cymru / Wales, UK

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www.carrreg-gwalch.cymru