Category Archives: places

Day one of the Great Malarkey Festival in Hull

Today I’ve been at the children’s book festival – the great malarkey – in Hull which is on the East Coast of England. I’m the illustrator in Residence all week and will be filling my sketchbook up – have a look to see what I did today.

Visiting Castles & Eating Fish and Chips

Wales is a land full of Castles. many were built by the English King Edward I to keep the Welsh under control. Most are now in ruins, but visiting them in the beautiful Welsdh country side is always a great day out. Co to the Cadw website to learn more about Castles in Wales

I went to Castel y Beer, near Talyllyn then up to Criccieth, stopping along the way to have a closer look at the Trawsfynedd Magnox Nuclear power station that used to appear in my nightmares!

Find out all about Fish and chips too – the absolute most British food you can get – yes even more that tea!

The Lair of the Dragon!

In my Dragon Trilogy of books, the ancient fortress of Dinas Emrys is a major location, if not a character itself. I did a lot of research online when I wrote the books and decided not to go and visit the place in person. I worried that I might get too obsessed with fitting the story into the reality of the place rather than the magic and fantasy of my imagination.

I tried to go there a few weeks ago (see this video) but it was pouring with rain. So I returned last weekend, on the the Eve of may Day, the day that myth tells us the Red and White Dragons would fight each other across the skies of Ancient Britain. Eventually they were captured and incarcerated beneath Dynas Emrys.

The white dragon represents the invading Saxons and the red dragon eventually became the the symbol of Wales, the land that the Ancient Britons retained after the Saxon invasion.

In this video, I take you up to the top of Dinas Emrys, near Beddgellert in Snowdonia, not far from Mt Snowdon itself, where I read the story of the capture and incarceration of the Red and White dragon, as told in the book, by Mr Davis, teacher of Harri, hero of the stories.

You can get the books at Amazon here in the UK  Or you can get signed copies – with a free poster from me here 

See this druidic video!    Learn more at wikipedia.   And here is some tourist information too The

Here’s the map: