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 bilingual 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 recent work includes a role in the film Peregrine's Home for Peculiars, directed by Tim Burton and starring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, and Asa Butterfield. Ioan plays Kev, the landlord of the Priest Hole. The film will be released on 25 December 2016.
In 2015 Ioan also filmed Hinterland BBC (Episode 1, Series 2), which broadcasts in 2016 and will be available on BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
He played the role of Norman in the 12-part series Dim ond y Gwir for S4C. This has just recently been broadcast and is still available on iPlayer. Other recent S4C broadcasts include Îha Sheelagh, Cara Fi and Y Streic a fi.
Having recently directed Wasted by Kate Tempest, Ioan is currently working on Rupert Goold / Ben Power's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at the University of Wales Trinity, Saint David — simply an incredible piece! Ioan, who loves to work with students, has extended his role at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.
Recording an audiobook version of C.M. Gray's Shadowland is ongoing - all chapters are now 'in the can' and awaiting the final edit.
His longest theatre role has been You Should Ask Wallace, a one-man show written and directed by Geinor Styles and based on the life of the Victorian scientist Alfred Russel Wallace. From its start in 2008 it has toured extensively and was recently revised at the National Gardens of Wales in 2015. It has been performed to over 30,000 people across the UK, Singapore, and Rio de Janeiro. A video clip provides a taste of Ioan's marvellous work.
The Darkest Day is now available on DVD.
Darwin, y Cymro a'r Cynllwyn (Telesgop) recently aired on S4C and was nominated for a BAFTA.
I've Seen Angels is a dramatic feature film from West Wales.
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!
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