Tracy is a writer of historical fiction set in the early mediaeval period. Her book “Conquest” offers an exciting read and is set in Wales.
Tracey Warr, Conquest: Daughter of the Last King
Impress Books, 2016, pb, £9.99, 343pp, 9781907605819/ eb, £2.79
Tracey Warr’s Conquest: Daughter of the Last King is the first book in a trilogy set in the late 11th and early 12th centuries, centred on the tumultuous experiences of Nest ferch Rhys, as she was caught up in the struggle between the Welsh and the Normans. In 1093 Nest’s father, Rhys ap Tewdwr, the last independent Welsh king in the south west kingdom of Deheubarth, was killed by Normans. In the wake of the massacre of most of Nest’s family, Normans poured into south-west Wales and built a string of new castles. They saw Nest as a means of bolstering their claim to the kingdom of her murdered father. The Normans conquered England in one day at Hastings, but it took them over two hundred years to conquer Wales, as they struggled with the mountainous or marshy terrain and the effective guerrilla tactics of the Welsh. Nest ferch Rhys became a potent symbol for both sides in the conflict.
Conquest: Daughter of the Last King is Tracey’s third published historical novel. The next book in the trilogy, Conquest: The Drowned Court, will be published this autumn.
Tracey Warr was awarded a Literature Wales Writer’s Bursary supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales, for work on the novel.
‘I could not put this book down from the moment I started it. I practically inhaled the content.’ Poppy Coburn
‘Warr manages to bring forgotten characters to life with such vivacity.’ The Cosy Reader
‘A wonderful novel brilliantly researched and told in a fantastic page turning style.’ Lisa Reads Books
Rising Stars Concert
Nakita Burzanitsa – piano, Willard Carter – cello, Chloe Ellen Jones – flute
A concert featuring the winners of the prestigious Gregynog Young Musicians Competition.
A concert absolutely not to be missed !
Each year the festival offers the opportunity to hear some of the UK’s most prodigiously talented young musicians. It was at this concert that Sheku Kanneh-Mason was first heard in Tenby – that was in 2014, two years later he won the BBC Young Musician 2016 competition. Sheku’s future as the most outstanding cellist of his generation now seems assured.
The young performers invited to Tenby in September have successfully competed in the Gregynog Young Musician competition held earlier in April. This competition has become a launching pad for the UK’s brightest and best young musical talents (there is no minimum age but competitors must not be older than 18). The prestigious Gregynog competition was founded in 2005. Since then its reputation has grown steadily.
Each year we attend the event at Gregynog Hall to hear all the winners of the five instrumental sections compete to become overall competition winner. This overall winner is always invited to the festival together with one or more of the section winners. The concert is always a marvellous occasion and a definite highlight of the festival. Please join us in supporting these rising stars of the musical firmament.
This year we are delighted to welcome Nakita Burzanitsa, piano, from Donetsk in the Ukraine, overall winner of the Gregynog competition. He is joined for the occasion by two brilliantly talented young British musicians – Willard Carter, cello, and Chloe Ellen Jones, flute – each of whom won their respective instrumental sections of the competition.
St Mary’s Church
Aftermath, the Book & the Movie
by Rhidian Brook
A talk about his latest book.
Rhidian is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 “Thought for the Day”. He is a novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster with four highly successful novels to his name. The “Aftermath” is set in post war Germany.
The choir consists of 16 women who are nearly all music teachers. They sang alongside singer and Classic FM presenter Aled Jones in a recent concert at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Bella Voce – whose name means ‘beautiful voice’ – prides itself on its eclectic repertoire and signature collection of brightly-coloured shoes.
They have been delighting audiences throughout Pembrokeshire and beyond since they were formed three years ago, and have been selected to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 in the Welsh Association of Male Choirs’ Festival of Massed Voices.
An Evening of Mindless Drivel
Tenby Ex Serviceman’s Club, St Florence Parade, Tenby
Tickets £7.50. (Please note: Tickets are for sale from the box office but are not part of the season ticket offer.)
Internationally acclaimed and Belgium based, The Moochers, were formed four years ago by sax and clarinet player Dan McBrearty. McBrearty is joined by Seppe Van Tillborg guitar, Seba Thome bass, and Tom Lambrecht drums. They play mostly swing jazz and bebop but some of McBrearty’s original songs also find their way into the set. While the style of their music sits comfortably in the swing genre, the substance of their playing certainly isn’t a copy of any historical predecessors; it’s a gorgeous, freshly minted sound, personal, original, vibrant and foot tappingly enjoyable. Don’t miss them!
“Mc Brearty’s unforced, dreamy, liquid clarinet is pure delight”
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