Mari Lwyd narrated by Dion Winton-Polak

In 2020 I wrote a short story for the Sinister Horror Company‘s Advent Calendar. I based it on Mari Lwyd- the Welsh wassailing custom that involves a hobby horse constructed from a horse’s skull.

It was later reprinted in the Black Shuck Books‘ anthology Dreamland: Other Stories.

I’m delighted to have it narrated by Dion Winton-Polak. He did a wonderful job of it but then went one step further. He also recorded it in Welsh. Massive thanks to him for doing this.

Mari Lywd (English)
Y Fari Lwyd (Welsh)

Learn more more about Mari Lwyd.

Finally, you can hear more stories performed by Dion Winton-Polak, read his audio Testimonials and hire him to perform your own work if you like. Email him at or find him on social media.

Sound design and attribution:

Intro and Outro music come from the Free Music Archive and are used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. / The Intro music is called The Fifth Life, by Circus Marcus. / The Outro music is called Post Bellum, by Dee Yan-Kee. / The sound effects used have all been sourced from Freesound under the same Creative Commons license. They are as follows: Footsteps on coastal path #3 by arnaud coutancier , Countryside_Birds_Lambs_Rhos_Wales_April_9am , Countryside_Blackbird_Rhos_Wales_April_8pm by innov8ting, dig by maxthrower , ambience_rural_kitchen_silence by patobottos , Barn Sounds by bone666138, Crouching and getting up-dress by usamah , CoupleLaughing by morningfrost , 50-minigaspNina by wintuh, yeah by jburunet , children playing by goldkelchen , Footsteps on crunchy ice on sidewalk by OBXJohn , Five_Heavy_knocks_on_bedroom_door_2 by Omar Alvarado , fire wood bonfire low eq by homejrande

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