Eric Maddern is the creator of the beautiful eco – retreat centre Cae Mabon. Set in a stunning location in Snowdonia, it has been described as the ‘Welsh Shangri-La’ and any of you who have been blessed to spend time there will appreciate why.
Not only has Eric gifted the world with this wonderful sanctuary, he is also a captivating storyteller, writer and singer, travelling the world to share tales of myth and magic. OBOD are delighted to have him as an honorary Bard of the Order. Having written a series of wonderful children’s books, he latest offering is a collection of myths, legends and folktales entitled Snowdonia Folk Tales:
The old kingdom of Gwynedd –the mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia), Ynys Mon (Anglesey) and Llyn Penisula – may be the most mythic landscape in Britain. The ancient Druids dwelt here and from it sprang the tales of Blessed Bran who protected the land, wizards who made the Woman of Flowers, and Merlin the dragon whisperer whose prophecy echoes still. The poet Taliesin walked these hills, Welsh bards told stories of Arthur by these hearths and saints made pilgrimages along these paths. From these hidden nooks the Tylwyth Teg (Fair Folk) emerged to tease the people, and through these mountain passes rode Llywelyn the Great and Owain Glyndwr, living lives that would be spun into legend…Storyteller and singer Eric Maddern has gathered these old tales here and breathed fresh life into them.