Storyteller & Musician
Gwilym Morus-Baird is a singer, musician and storyteller originally from Wrecsam. He has released music as Gwilym Morus, Mwnci Nel and lead singer for Drymbago. One of the founders of Eos, the Broadcasting Rights Agency for Wales. Since 2016 he’s been touring the show ‘Gadael Tir/Leave Land‘ with musician Owen Shiers, ‘Hands of Time‘ with storyteller Angharad Wynne and more recently ‘4 Tales to Save the World’ with Adverse Camber . Gwilym also has a longstanding interest in Welsh mythology and works occasionally as an online tutor of Celtic literature (Welsh and Irish). He lives in Gwynedd with his wife and children.
Director & Writer of Part 1: The Void
Bethan Dear is a storyteller, writer, director, performer and theatre maker. She is the artistic director of Jackdaw Theatre. She is a feminist and proud to identify as a woman. She believes deeply in equality for all and is passionate about telling stories. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we are told about ourselves, the stories the world tells us, about one another. The stories our culture or society tell us have a truly magical power, they can create or they can destroy. They need to be continually questioned, rewritten, retold, seen, watched, and heard.
Bethan has worked in the professional theatre and arts sector for over eleven years and has worked with a variety of successful British companies, venues, directors, writers and artists. These include; Jagged Fence, Nabakov, High Tide, Tamasha, Tangled Feet, The BAC, Rich Mix, The Almeida, The Finborough, Oval House, Tara Arts, MIF, The Royal Exchange, Mathew Dunster, Sarah Frankcom, Blanche Macintyre, Phillip Osment, Jatinder Verma, Abhishek Majumdar, Colleen Murphy, Ben Ellis and a long list of wonderfully talented British and international performers. In 2013, following her production of Harlesden High Street, she was invited to attend the last directors course, at the National Theatre Studio in London.
In 2014 Bethan received the International Artist Development Fund for a writing, research and development project, based in and around Bangalore in India. In 2015 she became the associate director for Sudha Buchar’s My Name Is… and took the show on National tour of Scotland. Bethan has also written for Divine Ridiculous, The Rollright Fayre Festival, Majical Youth Theatre and Loko Zine.
Writer of Part 2: He Lives Upstairs
Mary-Ann Constantine has published two collections of short stories: The Breathing (Planet, 2008) and All the Souls (Seren, 2013). A novel, Star-Shot, came out with Seren in 2015. She moved to west Wales in 1995 and is currently a Reader at the University of Wales Centre for Welsh and Celtic Studies, where she studies the relations between the different cultures and languages of Romantic-era Britain and Brittany. Research projects include work on the ‘invented pasts’ of the poet Iolo Morganwg, Welsh responses to the French Revolution, and, most recently, eighteenth-century tours of Wales, see www.curioustravellers.ac.uk
Writer of Part 3: The Haves and Have Nots
Joao Morais has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. He has been longlisted for the New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella. He has previously been shortlisted for the Academi Rhys Davies Short Story Prize, the Percy French Prize for Comic Verse, and the All Wales Comic Verse Award. He won the 2013 Terry Hetherington Prize for Young Writers. His short story collection, Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster, is out now with Parthian.
Writer of Part 4: The Last Word
Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies short story prize and her short stories have appeared in various collections. Her novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 18 different languages. She’s written articles and reviews for The Independent, The Sunday Mail and The New York Times. Her second novel The Doll Funeral was published in February 2017 and was chosen as an editor’s pick on Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’ and Book of the Month in the industry journal The Bookseller. Her third novel Crushed was published by Faber & Faber in May 2019. Kate now lives with her husband in Cardiff.