Friday, 2 December 2016

Meet the participants of the #Llandeilo Book Fair: Liz Riley-Jones

One of the programme highlights: 
Liz Riley-Jones will read from her Celtic fantasy novel ' Hiraeth a burden - baich' and talk about the significance of the Welsh Language in it at 3pm on Dec 10th at the LLandeilo Book Fair in the Civic Hall Llandeilo. 

Liz Riley Jones is the pen name of Sam Holland, a sculptor who lives and works in Kent. A member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors since 2001, she graduated with a first level degree from the City & Guilds of London Art School in 1992. Relocating to Kent, just south – east of London, she lives and works on a converted Dutch barge with her husband and two sons. Her commissioned works have been placed throughout Britain and Europe.
It was the commissioned sculpture of Dic Evans MBE, placed in her father’s home village Moelfre on Anglesey in 2004 that awakened Sam’s inherited desire to become a Welsh speaker. She has been studying the language for ten years, and hopes to be able to speak at least some of all the Celtic languages at some point.

It was during this time that she became inspired to put her passion for her life view into words. Weaving together her interests in environmental change, parenthood, and empowerment with her studies of Celtic mythology, history and identity, she began to make some notes. The notes became a book, and the book developed in to the Hiraeth trilogy. Hiraeth is a single story told in three parts and was published between 2014 and 2015, under the pen name Liz Riley-Jones.

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