Medieval anthology sells 2,500 advance copies19 August 2013
A medieval anthology written by a University Vice Chancellor has already sold 2,500 advance copies in China alone.
Professor Michael Scott, VC and chief executive of Glyndwr University in Wrexham, has completed the first in a series of books on the myth and legend of King Arthur.
Ten Stories of King Arthur will be launched in October by the Beijing-based Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, the best of its kind in China.
Sponsored by Dezhou University, Shandong, where Professor Scott is a Visiting Professor, the collection follows Professor Scott’s other books, including John Marston’s Plays: Theme, Structure and Performance; Renaissance Drama and a Modern Audience, and Shakespeare and the Modern Dramatist.
A Professor of English and Theatre Studies, he is thrilled with the support the new work of fiction has already received ahead of its unveiling in London this October, where the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiao Ming is expected to be in attendance.
Having written it “as a hobby” Prof Scott hopes readers enjoy the tales of Arthur, Merlin, Sir Gawain and the mythical god, Idris.“It was a real labour of love but I’m delighted to have finished the book and pleased it’s already proving popular,” he said.
“I am grateful to my Chinese friends who helped make its publication possible and to my family for their kind comments and support, especially my wife, Eirlys and the illustrator Daphne Todd.
”Explaining the stories are fictional and rewritten from ancient myths particularly from Wales, Prof Scott added: “I acknowledge the work of storytellers, writers and poets across the centuries who conceived some of the tales and inspired some of those which have been newly written.
"These stories have always appealed to me so to publish a collection like this is a real honour.”