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Caryl Lewis talks to Rachel Parris


Hay Festival 2022, 

Nefyn has always been a mystery, even to her brother Joseph with whom she lives in a small cottage above a blustery cove. Hamza is a Syrian mapmaker with a dark past, incarcerated in a military base a few miles up the coast. A violent storm will bring these two lost souls together – but other forces will soon try to tear them apart.

Caryl Lewis is a Welsh novelist, children’s writer, playwright and screenwriter. Her breakthrough novel Martha, Jac a Sianco is regarded as a modern classic of Welsh literature, is on the Welsh curriculum, and the film adaptation, with a screenplay by Lewis herself, went on to win six Welsh BAFTAS.

Caryl Lewis talks to Rachel Parris