I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave, and sharing a guest post from Richard Williams…
Time and Space in the Writing Process
I think it’s always good to deliberate the impact of ‘distance’ (time and space) and its benefits in enabling a story (particularly those based on real events) to become far richer than if it had been written at the time of the novel’s setting. Hindsight can be a wonderful thing. To see how places and people evolved over time after the novel setting can give a more informed perspective on the real significance of those events brought to life in the novel, and their lasting impact on their environment.
A couple of months ago we attempted the very steep climb up to the ruined castle. Dinas Bran towers above Llangollen and the Dee Valley in a spectacular setting that offers panoramic views from all sides.
I hadn’t gone out with the intention of taking photographs, so didn’t have my camera. This was too good an opportunity to miss though, so out came the phone.
Plas Mawr was thought to be the finest town house of the Elizabethan period in Britain.
The owner, Robert Wynn, was a prosperous merchant who loved grandeur. His house, built between 1576 and 1585, said to have cost around £800, reflects his status and wealth.
Penrhyn Castle, or country house as it was, is situated between the Menai Strait and Snowdonia and was built in the early 1800s on the site of, and incorporating parts of the original medieval fortified manor house and a later reconstruction. Thomas Hopper was the famous 19th century architect, well known for his unusual and elaborate designs. In this instance neo-Norman was decided upon.
Portmeirion was designed and built in the Italianate style by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between the 1920s and 1970s, with colourful, elaborate buildings.