Myth and legend inspired short stories, written by award winning author and illustrated by Swansea College of Art, UWTSD students are published by Graffeg.


Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, perhaps a few shivers down the spine, with these supernatural stories, inspired by ancient folklore, myths and legends.

Short Stories Illustration

Elias Martin and The Selkie’s Mate, written by international award-winning author Nicola Davies, and illustrated by UWTSD students, Fran Shum and Claire Jenkins, explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world, blurring the lines between humans and animals.

Elias Martin, illustrated by Fran Shum follows the solitary, scowling journey of a man, Elias Martin, trawling the North, looking for his last chance of survival, for a decade until a small, lost child wanders into his path. A tale of shapeshifters, desolate northern landscapes, and wolverines, this is an atmospheric tale for older children which explores themes of love, patience and learning to change.

The Selkie’s Mate, illustrated by Claire Jenkins, is set in a land where people flow between ocean and land, and a seal and a fisherman sing together under a glowing moon. When the beautiful Selkie comes to live ashore, the fisherman must promise to let her one day return to the sea. This beautiful tale, set in the far north west, blurs boundaries between human and animal, sea and land.

Derek Bainton, Head of Visual Communication said

“Through their individual approaches to illustration and their personal interpretation of each tale, Claire and Fran have created entrancing visual narratives that explore the magical place between word and image.”

“For a number of years the illustration department has benefited enormously and enjoyed working with Nicola Davies on a range of projects from research to published illustrated books for children. We are delighted to see the published works of another successful collaboration between Swansea College of Art and Nicola.”

Elias Martin and The Selkie’s Mate are published by Graffeg on March 15, 2017.

Further Information

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