My friends have seen Fflur’s debut feature film Y Llyfrgell/Library Suicides and are raving about it. I haven’t been able to get to a screening, yet, but in the meantime, I have finished her novel “Twenty Thousand Saints”.
The book is a very quirky, evocative and original novel set on a remote Welsh island. The beginning scene, which states how there aren’t any men on the island, and women will soon turn on each other, sets the tone in an entertaining and often witty way. Wit can be found throughout, as Dafydd portrays her great range of characters, from nun to filmmaker, from Archaeologist to ferry man, all with agendas, hopes and ideas. Much is shrewdly observed about human nature and relationships, all in a pleasing and entertaining way as the disapearance of one woman ten years ago starts to be uncovered..
Shifts in perspective allow us to see further parts of the jigsaw as it comes together, portraying an island community in motion, secrets revealed, people coming of age almost and with some beautiful descriptive sequences. It’s hard to describe the story any better but take my word for it and pick up the novel and enjoy. It’s worth your time.
“One hot summer, an island which is practically empty except for twitchers, becomes a bustling community of tourists, archaeologists, nuns, dolphin-watchers, a reality TV crew and two writers bursting to tell a story… A black comedy about spies, privacy and intrusion… and how the most important things happen off-camera”
Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer of the Year 09
The most compelling novel I’ve read in years; a love-story, a thriller, and a profound meditation on language and identity. –Peter Florence, Director of the Guardian Hay Festival
A wild, exhilarating read. –Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
2008 Pick of the Year. Compelling. –Prospect Magazine
Wry and tender… about the relationship between nature and civilisation… relationships… the lure of being alone… [and] necessary uncertainty. –Anna Kiernan, New Welsh Review
Bristles with imagery, yet moves with the languid pace of island life through language and culture, myth and misunderstanding, sexuality and privacy. It is warm, witty, intelligent, perceptive and beautifully crafted. [Dafydd] has the precision of a thriller writer while always in full command of her disparate characters. –The Western Mail
Sunday April 30th
at the Horeb Chapel, Cawdor Hotel
Fflur Dafydd yn siarad am ei rhaglenni teledu a ffilm arobryn.
Meet Fflur for a late morning talk about her award winning TV programmes and debut feature Y Llyfrgell/Library Suicides
Singer-songwriter,, novelist, and the creator of popular S4C series Parch and the award winning film Y Llyfrgell/Library Suicides. . The film, directed by multi award winning director Euros Lyn, (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Happy Valley) was based on her novel which won the 2009 Daniel Owen Memorial Prize. This offbeat thriller premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and won an award for Best Performance in a British Feature. The dark tale tells of the suicide of famous author Elena Wdig whose twin daughters, librarians are lost without her.
Mae Fflur yn nofelydd, yn gantores, yn sgriptwraig ac yn gyfrifol am greu y gyfres ddrama boblogaidd Parch ar S4C. Yn 2016 derbyniodd glȏd am ei ffilm Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides a enillodd gwobr yng Ngŵyl Ffilm Caeredin. Seliwyd y ffilm ar y nofel o’r un enw a gipiodd Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 2009.
Bydd hi’n cael ei chyfweld gan Heledd Cynwal.