In an alternate present the minds of teen offenders are uploaded into computers for rehabilitation—a form of virtual wilderness therapy. Zach is a homo cognoscens, one of the new humans who can navigate the Fulgrid. Though still a high school student, he is indentured to the Fulgur Corporation as a counsellor. Laura is a homo sapiens. Their story is part odyssey, part tragedy, part riff on the nature of consciousness.
Weekly serialisation is now complete.
Start reading or listening from Chapter One.
Corvus is available as MP3 podcasts, narrated by the wonderful Welsh actor Ioan Hefin, whose unstinting generosity and support have made this audiobook project possible.
Ioan has worked as an actor, writer, and director for over twenty years. His most recent works include 'You Should Ask Wallace', a one-man show based on the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, which toured in Wales, London, and Brazil in 2011/12 and is scheduled for a UK/Singapore tour during 2013.
In 2012 Ioan appeared in the feature film 'The Darkest Day' for Lindisfarne Films.
Bilingual in English and Welsh, Ioan has also played the part of Berian for the award-winning 'Pen Talar' (Fiction Factory/S4C), James for ‘Gwaith Cartref’ (Fiction Factory/S4C), and Dafydd Wyn for 'Teulu' (Boomerang/S4C).
He appeared in two short films during 2011: 'Nia' (Stray Dog Cinema), which premiered in June, and 'I’ve Seen Angels', currently in postproduction. He also returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time since 1986 to direct 'Random' for the Quad Theatre Company.
The year 2012 proved to be very productive. Ioan appeared as Captain Lancey in a touring production of 'Translations', recorded 'The Verb' for BBC Radio 3, and appeared as ‘dadcu’ in 'The Boy Who Went Fishing for Compliments'. He also enjoyed his first panto, 'Aladdin'. This is quite a contrast to his recent tour 'Y Storm' ('The Tempest') with Theatr Genedlaethol.
One-man shows will take centre stage for Ioan in 2013. His performance as the Victorian scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, directed by Geinor Styles, will again be touring with Theatr Na n'Og. The tour starts in Wales in March and will also include performances at Neath, Swansea and Cardiff before heading to Bournemouth, The Quantocks, Edinburgh Fringe, Hertford, Singapore, and London.
The DVD for the feature film 'The Darkest Day' will be released in April 2013.
Ioan is also extending his role at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. It's going to be a busy year!
In Ioan's own words:
Since recording Corvus I've enjoyed one of my busiest times as an actor. I'm fully aware that these sorts of years don't come around very often in the acting world - so I'm thoroughly enjoying myself at the moment!
The one-man show about the life of Alfred Russel Wallace is on the road again – 2013 is the centenary of his death. I'll have to keep my beard until 2014, so it's likely to get quite messy!
I'm extending my work at the University of Wales Trinity St David's in Carmarthen. I love working there - they're a wonderful group of staff and students.
Which bring me back to Corvus. My main aim was to try and justify the quality of the text – I'm still in awe of the writing. I feel truly privileged to have been involved, and the experience is one that will remain with me forever. (Having recorded at home, I now realise why editors curse actors for going beyond one take!) I'm hoping there will be another opportunity sometime in the future to engage with some new writing!
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Corvus cover photograph courtesy of Thomas Larsen