Tŷ Nesaf, Bardsey (Ynys Enlli), May 2011 After breakfast, I sit for a while at the blue-checked cloth of the kitchen table, a small glass vase of lemon balm, mint and rosemary at its centre, and look out towards the lighthouse. The green wooden door of the temporary island home I share this week with […]
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Views of the Wildmill Estate

Tim Cooke (Photography by Ben Absalom)

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Essays

Equipped only with a black iPhone, he enters the estate via a tunnel below a Victorian railway bridge. The road along which he is walking is called Ce …

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Exquisitely Rough: Outsiders

Ruby D Jones on social class and the iceberg of London publishing

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Essays

Earlier this year, the Arts Council England awarded me a £10,000 grant to start writing my first book. I celebrated by spending the day crying, cwtche …

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Swimming Women

Hannah Engelkamp looks at the philosophy and culture of women in the wet.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Wild Swimming to Save Humankind! Wild swimming is the most free I can imagine being right now, for a brief time between chores, my phone left on the s …

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On Building

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built environment in which they play out. Identity is not a stable commodity. It is a quicksilver material that is remade every time we reflect on ourselves, or glance at a mirror, or catch an inscrutable emotion flash across the eyes of another as they gaze at us.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built e …

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University Connections and Professional Lives

Drs Michelle Deininger & Claire Flay-Petty

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

In 2015, we fortuitously presented papers on the same panel at the inaugural Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference, bringing together the work of …

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Introduction to Sarah Beryl Jones

Dr Claire Flay-Petty

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

The prosecution team in the 1960 case against DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover may have thought they had found an ally when Miss Jones, a sixty-y …

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The Buddha and the Pear

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Sometimes we pay too much attention, sometimes not enough. I’d taken the long route home again, back down Penglais hill from the library, not out of c …

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Darkness and Light: Liverpool Imagined

The artist in the pubic sphere is the linking theme of these essays, which move from Victorian and sixties Liverpool (where the city is palpable) to Greece and wider rumination on writing forms and structure. The tone balances literary professionalism with vivid journalism and personal voice.

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Essays

First, let’s look at two images. One is the 1983 Penguin Modern Classic cover of James Hanley’s novel, The Furys (1935); the other is the DVD cover of …

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On The Endurance of Art

These essays on art are innovative, well written and approachable. They discuss the 'Endurance of Art' as lying not in an artwork's ability to endure, but in the significance of art to culture and the extent to which people will go to hide them away, drawing on examples in Wales during WWII and the Spanish Civil War; and, in the second essay, in enduring representations of passive bourgeois women, albeit within the subversive

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Essays

When we think of art, we imagine something vulnerable and precious: slender canvases with cracking trompe l’oeil surfaces, sculptured torsos with shat …

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