The Journal of Penrose by Terry Breverton

Terry Breverton has published his latest ‘labour of love‘ entitled ‘The Journal of Penrose, Seaman’.

This long-forgotten factional novel was the literary sensation of its day. The Poet Laureate Robert Southey said of it ‘Truth is often stranger than falsehood; and so it is in this case‘.

This is the account of the privateer William Williams’s adventures after being marooned upon the Miskito Coast. It is the first story of a message in a bottle, of buried treasure, the first novel written in America, and incredibly anti-slavery, at a time when America’s first three presidents owned slaves. The descriptions of flora and fauna are unparalleled, and some of Williams’ stories of mammoth bones and inscribed basalt pillars have only been discovered to be factual in the last two decades. This book updates the language of the original manuscript, which was expurgated when originally printed, and gives a short account of the life of its polymath author. This is a wonderful work of literature which will bring joy to readers old and young, and is crying out to be heard again today.

The amazing William Williams: Painter, Author, Teacher, Musician, Stage Designer, Castaway. The activities of this forgotten genius spread across almost every branch of American culture… he will stand out as a significant figure in the development of American culture – James Thomas Flexner

I have never read so much of a book in one sitting in my life. He [Penrose] kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him the other half… it has all the air of truth, and is most entertaining and interesting in every point of view – Lord George Byron

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New music from Helen Adam

NOW AVAILABLE AS A PDF DOWNLOAD! Knotwork is a collection of 12 violin duets composed by Helen Adam, all based on Welsh traditional music.

The tunes include well known song melodies as well as lesser known dance tunes. The original melody is given in full as well as the duets in clear and easy to read format. Knotwork refers to the style in which these arrangements are written, whereby different lines of melody are twisted and knotted together to produce new and satisfying ensemble pieces designed for sociable playing. Three of the pieces contain an optional third part. All can, with a little adaptation, be played on most melody instrument as well as violins. Performance notes and information about the music and its history is included. The pieces become a little harder throughout the book, but most would be fine for an intermediate violinist or fiddler.

The pieces were written as a celebration of Welsh music by Helen Adam, who has made Wales her adopted country and is researching and performing its music every day.

You can purchase the book for £4.50 in (A4 size) PDF form for download here:

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Marcism Today. Poetry by Marc Mordey

Poetry by Marc Mordey

Poetry by Marc Mordey

Building on the success of Marc Mordey’s poetry blog, Marcism Today brings together some old favourites and some previously unpublished poems.

Sometimes quirky, sometimes poignant,always accessible, this collection, written in his own unique style, celebrates Marc Mordey’s honest, moving (and occasionally irreverent) take on living, loving and losing.

Rewarded by Dolphins

And what does a birthday bring?
A child being sick, before we even leave the harbour
(making my breakfast somewhat uneasy!)
a memory of Ireland,
old faces, and ancient places,
ice cream and cold Guinness,
and a beach, thick with shells
drummed by racing horses –
beyond the beach where Jackie stayed
after they stole her Jack away.
And what does a birthday bring?
Cold hands in a strengthening wind,
and seabirds coasting the breakneck waves.
And I’ve a new, blue hat.
And five, yes five, dolphins, breaking out of the blue.
Leaping, skimming and arching,
spelling out something new to come.
And I am rewarded by dolphins.

‘Your words made my heart sing.’
Deborah Klee