A Welsh Witch

A Romance of Rough Places

By Allen Raine

Edited by Jane Aaron

"dramatic and well observed.. its warm depiction of Wales adds another dimension to its value. " Steven Lovatt, New Welsh Review

Fiction, Novels, Welsh Women's Classics



'They say she's a real witch...Don't speak to her or let her eyes fall upon thee.'

Treswnd has elected Catrin as the village scapegoat, shunning and stoning her as a witch. But Catrin's loneliness is eased by a growing friendship with Goronwy, with whom she shares her knowledge of the underground waterways of the 'Deep Stream' lying beneath Treswnd. Before he can fully appreciate her strength, however, he must undergo a shipwreck and a coal pit disaster in south Wales that leaves them trapped for days underground, 'along with the dead, the dying, and the frenzied around him,' while Catrin escapes the opprobrium of her neighbours by running away with Nancy Wood and her Welsh gipsy tribe.

First published in 1902, A Welsh Witch parallels a superstitious fishing village and an early industrial community with its harsh working conditions, and explores the ways in which human resilience and empathy can make a 'romance of rough places'.


Foreword: Jane Aaron
ISBN: 9781906784652
Language: English
Categories: Fiction, Novels, Welsh Women's Classics
First Published by Honno: 21st March 2013

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