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Pastoral Audiobooks Speaking of History ...

The idea

The idea of founding the company was broached with the intention of providing hour-long historical talks on local topics for people in Swansea and the south-west Wales area. It wasn’t long, however, before that idea grew to provide talking books on a much wider selection of historical topics. Our topics comprise subjects that are talks delivered to district historical societies and other organisations in south-west Wales and have proved popular enough to encourage the idea of recording them.

The reality

Following those early discussions, the item entitled Joseph Parry: A Welshman of Note was written; this talks about the life of, arguably, Wales’s finest composer. Colin Wheldon James (great-grandson of Joseph Parry’s cousin) was then engaged to narrate the story. The audio engineering was ably carried out by David Liscombe Audio, who also dealt with the labelling and packaging of the CDs, for which we owe a great deal of thanks.


Since then, we have produced more titles: Health and Death in 19th-century Swansea,The Role of the Supernatural in the First Crusade, The Marcher Lordship of Gower and the Foundation of Medieval Swansea, A Short History of Swansea Castle, Gwyrosydd: the story of Daniel James, the poet who wrote ‘Calon Lân’, The Rebecca Riots: Social unrest in 19th-century south-west Wales, The Story of St Mary’s Church Swansea: from its medieval past to its re-consecration in 1959; and we’ve issued revised editions of Joseph Parry: a Welshman of Note and The Story of Swansea Castle.


Whether you listen to these discs at home, in the car, or wherever, we hope you will feel both informed and entertained.

Barrie James DipLH

Digital Marketing Director

Colin Wheldon James

BA(Hons), DipLH, FHA, AssocRICS

Managing Director