The Dark Philosophers read… The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis


The Dark Philosophers read…

The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis

18:30 – 20:00 Wednesday 10 March | Zoom 

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The Meat Tree
Gwyneth Lewis

Seren Books (2010)


A dangerous tale of desire, DNA, incest and flowers plays out within the wreckage of an ancient spaceship in The Meat Tree, an absorbing retelling by writer and poet Gwyneth Lewis of the Blodeuwedd story. By imposing a distance of another 200 years and millions of light years between the reader and the medieval myth, the book brings the magical tale of Blodeuwedd – a woman conjured from wild flowers – closer than ever before: maybe uncomfortably so. 


Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with The Mabinogion or Blodeuwedd; we’ll provide an introduction and some readings – in Welsh and English – at the session. If you’re after the full story, we’d recommend The Mabinogion, A New Translation by Sioned Davies (Oxford World’s Classics, 2007). Passages from The Meat Tree will also be read aloud in the session but we recommend reading the book ahead of time if you can. 


All welcome, especially those new to writing from Wales. Feel free to contact group convenor Casi Dylan with any questions:




The Dark Philosophers is an open reading group which brings the literature of Wales out of the shadows. Encompassing writing in Welsh and English, contemporary and ancient, rural and urban, we are building a reading list as expansive and complex as this small nation itself. 


Gwyneth Lewis (Born 1959) is a writer and poet. She has published nine poetry collections, in Welsh and English, and in 2005 was the inaugural National Poet of Wales. Her non-fiction books are Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression (shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year) and Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage. She wrote the six-foot-high words on the front of Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre, rumoured to be the largest poem in the world.


From 2009 to 2013, Seren Books’ New Stories from the Mabinogion gave leading Welsh authors the chance to retell these medieval stories of Celtic mythology and Arthurian Britain in entirely their own way, creating fresh, contemporary novellas while keeping the old tales at their heart.