Peredur Glyn Cwyfan Webb-Davies is a University lecturer, poet and novelist who lives in Wales. A native Welsh speaker, he grew up on Anglesey and attended University at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he completed a BA and an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies. It was getting engrossed in this field and becoming fascinated in Old English, and the history of the Anglo-Saxons that spoke it, that made him want to write a novel set in this period.
Inspired by historical authors such as Bernard Cornwell and C.S. Forester, in 2002 he started writing the novel that would become The Red Saxon. Completed around 2004, this work languished in a virtual drawer for many years before Webb-Davies decided to publish it on Kindle. It is intended that this be the first in a series of historical novels following the West Saxon warrior Redgar as he braves the perils of 7th century Britain.
After completing a PhD in Linguistics at Bangor University in 2010, Webb-Davies became a lecturer in the field, specialising in bilingualism and the linguistics of Welsh. He lectures full-time and writes in his spare time. He lives in Bangor with his wife Kelly and some fancy rats.
He writes novels in English under the name Peredur Webb-Davies. He writes in Welsh (poetry and other things) under the name Peredur Glyn. His academic work is published and disseminated under the name Peredur Davies.
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