A series of pieces responding to the Wales Coast Path
a Short Story
The ‘elegant marine castellated villa’, as described in Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1844) at Amroth, between Saundersfoot and Pendine, was built in the 18th century on the site of a Norman castle. Between 1851 and 1856 it was a run as a private asylum.
In the future, says the woman in the chair, the people will be naked, and they will be speaking Welsh.
He is surprised. Why? he says. Why would they be speaking Welsh?
She closes her eyes again and watches and listens. I don’t know, she says, but they will.
All the people? No, sir, just the two of them, a man and a woman. There isn’t anyone else.
He looks uncomfortable, and moves over to the window, looks out from the castle across the wide spacious beach to the sea, which shines an impossible silver. There are gulls, and there are coal boats, sailing boats, rowing boats, fishing boats. A few figures along the shore, all occupied with some work or other. A busy seascape, framed by mock Gothic mullions. He will move into coal, he thinks. There is nothing to be done with the mad.Sign in to read more
Mary-Ann Constantine is a Reader in Welsh literature at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. She has published widely on the literatures of Romantic-era Wales. Her first novel, Star-Shot, was published by Seren in 2015, and she has also published two collections of short stories.