I have recently finalised my third book, Gatherer of Souls, a collection of poems and stories recovering the forgotten mythos of my patron god, Gwyn ap Nudd. I am very pleased and proud to reveal the cover art, which is by Tom Brown. The publication and book launch will take place on Saturday 29th September (Gwyn’s Feast).
Gwyn ap Nudd is a Brythonic god of the dead and ruler of Annwn. In medieval Welsh literature he is depicted gathering the souls of slaughtered warriors from the battlefield, and is said to contain the fury of the spirits of Annwn to prevent their destruction of the world.
Fierce and compassionate, beautiful and terrifying, Gwyn’s ambivalent nature was unacceptable to Christians. He and his spirits were demonised. Gwyn was replaced as a warrior-protector of Britain by his opponent, Arthur, and the doors of Annwn were slammed shut.
After centuries of soul-loss Gwyn re-opened those doors and challenged me to ride with him through the war-torn centuries to recover his forgotten mythos. This book is a record of my journey.