Introducing a young new novelist
On Wednesday, August 7th at 4pm on the Mentrau Iaith Cymru stand on the Eisteddfod field, there will be a Q&A session with Rebecca Roberts, author of the new novel Mudferwi.
Watching TV cookery competitions is one of Rebecca Roberts and her husband’s favorite pastimes and therefore it’s no wonder that what could happen behind the scenes on cooking programmes, forms part of the backdrop for the novel, Mudferwi.
At the beginning of the novel, Alys is an self-doubting and shy young girl living in a north-east Wales village. She works in the school’s kitchen where her mother is headmistress, but as the school has to face financial cuts, Alys must find work elsewhere. We then follow Alys on the next chapter in her life and we see her develop as a confident, content and decisive girl. We see her being frustrated by dyslexia, we see the toxic jealousy of colleagues, the negative influence of parents and we see her in her own environment as well as in a busy kitchen at one of London’s finest restaurants. But we also see Alys’ coming of age as she comes out of her shell and tries to find her place and part of the world.
Author Manon Steffan Ros mentored Rebecca as she developed the novel. She said:
“Rebecca Roberts is one of the few authors who draws you completely into a story – I sit down with her novel, and suddenly hours have passed and I am totally engrossed!! Gripping, light-hearted writing with characters which you can easily identify with. Here’s a novel about love, family, and, of course, food! What a recipe!”
Nia Roberts, Creative Editor of Gwasg Carreg Gwalch was responsible for guiding the novel through the press. She said,
“After the hustle and bustle of the Eisteddfod, you won’t get anything better than escaping into the world of imagination and immersing yourself in a novel about love, family tension and the overwhelming heat of the kitchen and television studio! It is a story about overcoming difficulties and facing challenges, and located in a part of Wales that is fairly unknown in Welsh novels.”
Former member of staff of Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam
Rebecca is an ex-pupil of Ysgol Glan Clwyd and lives in Prestatyn with her husband and two children, Elizabeth and Thomas. As well as writing, Rebecca also translates and holds humanist services (non-religious – the only one in Wales that does so through the medium of Welsh and trained by Humanists UK). Rebecca also used to work for Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam for almost a decade, and we are all very proud of her. She is currently working on her second novel for young people in Welsh, #Helynt, which will be in the shops next year.
Mudferwi will be on sale at the Eisteddfod and in bookshops throughout Wales (£7.99) and on Gwasg Carreg Gwalch