Posts tagged: Jason O’Brien

Oct 24 2017

Local History Book Fair 2017

Yes, it is that time once more. The Swansea Local History Book Fair

Saturday 28 October 2017 at Swansea Museum, 10.00 am to 4.oo pm

I shall be there with my books, with some interesting key rings and of course with some of Jason O’Brien’s beautiful Christmas cards – all at bargain prices

In addition, at 11.00 am I will be giving a talk about the Bleeding Gravestone of Adulam, the story of a  Bonymaen Tragedy.



Jun 12 2016

A-Z of Swansea now available for pre-order

Swansea A-Z

My new book  A-Z of Swansea Places People History now in production and is due to be published by Amberley Publications on 15 July 2016. If you would like to pre-order a copy then go to the How to Buy page where you can reserve one for £10.50, which includes postage and packing to all Uk addresses (rrp £14.99)
I am also happy to dispatch copies to addresses overseas. Email me at for more details.
The book works its way through the alphabet with an interesting story for each letter. Some stories are familiar but most are, I hope, unexpected. We begin with the Assembly Rooms in Cambrian Place and end with Zeno –  spy, murderer and author.
You can find out more about the book by following this link here which will open in a new page – A-Z of Swansea

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Jan 06 2016

Rhys ap Thomas

My article in the January edition of Welsh Country Magazine is about the most important tomb in Wales – that of Rhys ap Thomas in St Peter’s Church in Carmarthen. For a time he was the most powerful man in Wales, because this is the man who killed a king, the man who struck the final blow that killed Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. As the poet Guto’r Glyn wrote, he “killed the boar, shaved his head.” It marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Tudors. The world would never be the same again. And yet the family of Rhys ap Thomas, the man who had betrayed his King, soon suffered a spectacular fall from grace.
Welsh Country Magazine is available in newsagents and supermarkets across Wales – and this edition contains, incidentally, another fantastic illustration by Jason O’Brien. You really do need to see it!


Sep 14 2015

Jason O’Brien – Artist and Illustrator

Jason is an artist and illustrator based in Swansea and I am very pleased to say that he provided three fantastic illustrations which appear in my new book Swansea in the 1950s which will be published at the end of September 2015. Jason has done portraits of three notable figures from Swansea’s artistic heritage who died during the Fifties – Dylan Thomas, Frank Brangwyn and Evan Walters. The pictures represent very classy additions to the book.

I include below an example of Jason’s work that features in the latest edition of Welsh Country Magazine. I think it is a lovely piece of work.

If you would like to contact Jason then send me an email ( and I will pass it on

Jason's Picture

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