Ripley Hayes

Author of the DI Daniel Owen series, set in Wales


Who knew?

Posted on 4th January, 2023

Did you know about the Welsh woollen industry’s connection to the transatlantic slave trade? No, me neither. But there is one. You can find out about it here: Welsh Plain It is a fascinating, if horrifying, story. Many of the woollen mills around Wales made this cloth, and it was exported from English ports as well as places like Barmouth (which I don’t associate with exporting anything to the Caribbean).

Having found it, I couldn’t not write it into a book. You’ll find it in Interwoven (pre-order up soon). This book began as a short story, then grew and grew, until it decided to be a full-length novel featuring Daniel Owen.

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