Patricia Lennan lives on the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) North Wales and has developed a particular interest in Welsh history. Although born in Northampton, England, her mother’s family were originally from Abergwyngregyn, a small village in North Wales, which is where her first novel ‘Owl at Midnight’ opens. Abergwyngregin is not without significance as it was here that the last native prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, held court. His wife Eleanor de Montford sadly died in childbirth in the year 1282 giving birth to their only daughter Gwenllian. It was a tumultuous time when King Edward 1st was determined to take the whole of Wales for himself.
Gwenllian was captured by Edward and taken to a convent in Sepringham, Lincolnshire. Very little is known about her but Patricia brings Gwenllian to life in a story which expands from the minutiae of convent life to the wider sweep of events in 13th century Britain, and the myths and legends of Wales where the valleys and hills echo with ancient tales.
Patricia is working on a second novel to be published in the new year (2021) which explores another not so well known area of Welsh history, the fate of the Druids of Anglesey following the Roman invasion of AD 60.