The Year of the Legend, Wales 2017

Margaret Isaac

In 2017 Wales is celebrating ‘Year of the Legends’ with 20 events and celebrations across the country this summer.

Margaret Isaac, former English, Creative Writing and Drama lecturer (Caerleon Teacher Training college 1969 – 1996), is now playing her part, telling the world about legends that are alive and well in Wales today. Visit: to find out what’s happening across Wales this summer.

Margaret Isaac and students

Margaret Isaac with students in the cave of the Welsh legendary outlaw Twm Siôn Cati. They were taking part in a National Education Project spearheaded by Gwent College of Higher Education together with The National Trust and Cardiff University.

Now a full time author, Margaret has written a range of stories of Welsh myths, legends and folk tales, gathered from places throughout Wales. You can explore Margaret’s work here:

Over the last twenty years, Margaret has researched throughout Wales, and written about places associated with Welsh legends. She is joining in the celebrations of 2017 The Year of the Legend to highlight this important part of our rich cultural heritage.

Margaret designed a story trail demonstrating the hunting of the Twrch Trwyth by the legendary Arthur and his warriors across the length of south Wales. Walkers can use this information to enhance their experience of the beautiful Welsh countryside, using the QR code as they enjoy existing walks from St. David’s Head in Pembrokeshire to the Severn Estuary in Gwent. Many of the places are also accessible by car. The making of this information panel was supported by the Welsh Government and Literature Wales.  The story trail is based on her latest book Arthur and the Twrch Trwyth.Legends route across Wales

Do you have a local legend in your part of Wales? Margaret is interested in finding out more about legends that she knows are out there. She said, ‘We want to share your story of a Welsh legend, where you grew up or where you live now. It can be in the form of a story, poem, song, picture, cartoon or video. Maybe you have a very unusual street or village name that has a long lost meaning.’

You can email your stories or comments to submissions may be in Welsh or English.