In The Gospel of Us, Owen Sheers reimagines his National Theatre of Wales dramatisation of the three-day Passion, set in the streets and clubs of Port Talbot.
Sheers’ novel tells of a town in thrall to the sinister corporation ICU – until the day when a stranger appears in the dunes, singing songs to the sea. This is just the start of three days of unearthly events in Port Talbot: events that see the Teacher soothe a suicide bomber, and the dead rise in an underpass.
“Owen is one of the finest writers at work today. He always finds the sublime in the everyday and the miracle in the mundane.” – Michael Sheen
“Sheers writes with dazzle and poetic economy.” – The Times
“One of the outstanding theatrical events not only of this year, but of the decade.” – The Observer on The Passion of Port Talbot
Owen Sheers is the author of the novel Resistance (2008), shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best Book Award and now a film starring Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough (2011). His other books include two Seren poetry collections, The Blue Book (2000) and Skirrid Hill (2006); a Zimbabwean travel narrative and 2005 Welsh Book of the Year, The Dust Diaries (2005); and White Ravens, his entry in Seren’s New Stories from the Mabinogion series of short novels (2010).