An Empty Chair
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Ellis is a poet, but when the First World War arrives, he has to go and be a soldier like dozens of other young men from rural Trawsfynydd. His teenage sister Anni longs to have him home again on their family farm, Yr Ysgwrn, especially after seeing the terrible effect of the war on her best friend Lora's father.
Meanwhile Ellis is in the trenches in Belgium, hoping to make it home safely, and to win the Chair at the National Eisteddfod – the most important prize in Welsh poetry...
Incredibly involving and moving novel about Wales' most famous poet, Hedd Wyn.
"What Haf Llewelyn is able to portray is incredible; the depth of emotions and the poetry of the prose is beautifully crafted [...] Within the very first page, characters are brought to life before you and are immediately relatable and tangible.
Haf Llewelyn's writing style is impeccable; the present tense narrative from the point of view of thirteen year old Anni brings the story to a level that a teenager reading it could truly relate to." - Bethan Hindmarch, BethanMayBooks blog