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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They Can Be Heard

Seeking 'Moments of enhanced listening' and 'revelations of the ear in which sound is shown to exert emotional pressure, Ed Garland finds 'geographic, social, psychological and emotional energy' carried through sound throughout our fiction, past and present...

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Essays

She encouraged me to have my ears tested. The first audiologist said the results were ‘pretty nasty’ and urged me to consider hearing aids. The second …

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Cave Art of the Anthropocene

This collection situates cogent arguments in the present modern world. It also maintains a balance between, on the one hand, personal experience and voice, and on the other, impartiality, reference and research. The central concept of keeping an open door to wilderness and spirit is clarion clear, as is the urgency of building individual and communal identity through place, and narrative's role within that. Literary references range from Nan Shephard to RS Thomas. It handles particularly well the dichotomy, for loves of art, and nature, of the former's claim to immortality in the Anthropocene age.

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Essays

How do you communicate with an unimaginable future? Imagine imparting a message to someone a hundred years hence. Or a thousand. Or ten thousand. Or e …

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