Author part of exhibition

AN author has had his portrait painted for an art exhibition featuring contemporary British authors.

Ronald Blythe is well known for his Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village, which is an account of agricultural life in Suffolk from the turn of the century to the 1960s. It was later made into a film.

Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall has painted Mr Blythe, who was educated in Sudbury and now lives in Wormingford, for an exhibition called Portrait of the Pen being held at the Hay Festival Wales.

The artist spent three years making portraits of British writers and he visited Mr Blythe at his home before painting a portrait from the experience of sitting with the author.

He also asked Mr Blythe to respond to his portrait with a written comment, poem or short story.