The Wren-Boys

01 December 2015

The new Christmas poem from the Poet Laureate, illustrated by Dermot Flynn.

It is a cold day in Ireland, the 26th of December; frost lies thick on the blackthorn. A man walks the just-waking village, banging on every door, summoning the boys. Today is St. Stephen's Day, when legend has it that the Saint was betrayed by a wren's call, and the boys are off to the forest where they hope to find the traitorous bird and capture it by nightfall. But what will they do if their prey escapes them?

Inspired by the many myths of the wren and the Irish tradition of hunting it, Carol Ann Duffy's beautiful new Christmas poem has been brought to life in this exquisite animation: 

Follow the illustrator, Dermot Flynn, on Twitter @dermotflynn and Facebook

 

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