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An invitation to the launch of Plas Brynkir, Dolbenmaen on 06/12/2014

The highly anticipated Plas Brynkir, Dolbenmaen, a collection of essays, discussing the Welsh landmark, Plas Brynkir, will launch on the 6th of December at Golan Community Centre  between 11.00am – 4:00pm. Brynkir, Llewelyn the Great’s lost deer park, with its forgotten mansions, has been brought back to life in this exciting new publication.  Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM has kindly provided a foreword for the book.
For the first time, this important site of national importance has been researched in depth – specialists from different backgrounds have come forward following three archaeological investigations led by Love My Wales, a local charity to create a book of beauty and originality. Published in bilingual format and featuring original reconstructive artworks of the site, Plas Brynkir, Dolbenmaen, is sure to aesthetically please the eye as well as inform people of this vastly important site.
The book includes chapters by Spencer Smith,  records the discovery of Llewelyn’s deer park; Dr. Shaun Evans analyses bardic poetry concerning the Brynkir family; Dilwyn Williams traces the development of the Wern and Brynkir estates;  Mark Baker describes the development of  the two forgotten  mansions, and, with Dr. Mary Chadwick, gives voice to Elinor Huddart, a nineteenth century novelist at Brynkir; architect Adam Voelcker tells the story of Brynkir Tower’s rescue in 1994; archaeologist Sarah Doherty and William Jones recount Love My Wales’ archaeological investigations on site; and geologist Andrew Haycock, from the National Museum Wales shares his knowledge of the geology of Cwm Pennant.
•    This project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through a WWI research grant. Brynkir was a prisoner of war camp during the war, and held high ranking German officers.
•    Only 200 copies have been printed for the first run, and each one has been numbered and signed.
•    The book costs £15 and all proceeds go towards the 2015 archaeological dig at Plas Brynkir and can be ordered from www.lovemywales.org or www.facebook.com/LoveMyWales
•    Join us on the 6th of December at Golan Community Centre, Golan, Dolbenmaen, to grab your copy and meet the writers that have made book happen.

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