ESSAY Chris Moss

NWR Issue 106

An Ugly, Lovely Year

On Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, I set out for a short walk from Lacques Cottage, my home in Laugharne, to the foreshore. After a long weekend of dry, warm weather, the west had reverted to its normal state. Drizzle didn’t so much fall as drift around the Taf and over Sir John’s Hill. The streetlamps and the floodlight on the castle were refracted and diffused by the water particles. It was serene and quite beautiful. I followed the path to its end, just before the boathouse, and stood awhile listening to the lap-lap of an incoming tide.

The previous week the centenary celebrations had flooded Laugharne with a dedicated ‘Dylan Weekend’ of poetry and performance organised by the people behind the annual Laugharne Weekend. Their festival, one of three scheduled in 2014, was running in tandem with a four-day theatrical installation by National Theatre of Wales called ‘Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited’, and a series of live Thomas-themed BBC radio broadcasts from inside the Norman castle ruins, packaged to Wales and to the network – even as far as New York, thanks to a hook-up with Manhattan radio station WNYC – as ‘Laugharne Live’...


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