Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past

Amy Aed discovers worlds and wonders right beneath her feet

PUBLISHED ON: 27/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past is an informative, immersive book, into which the author weaves poetry, dusting old stories with magic. …

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Who is Briton Tom? Interview with Robert Minhinnick in Porthcawl

Llŷr Gwyn goes on foot with the poet, from Porthcawl’s Bucaneer pub, through Trecco Bay, to the dunes, and finds out about how Robert Minhinnick is pursued by sand, ‘saving the bunny rabbits’, imposter syndrome, archaeology, the Blair glory years for the arts, a fear of things being obliterated, and the importance of a chorus to a poem

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Interview

This interview, conducted in English, was originally published in Welsh (‘Tywod Porthcawl:  Mynd am Dro gyda Robert Minhinnick’) in O’r Pedwar Gwynt ( …

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Patagonian Bones

Lee Tisdale explores the history of Welsh culture as he gives a sentimental review of the film Patagonian Bones (2015).

PUBLISHED ON: 06/03/20

CATEGORY: Blog

26th February, 7:20 PM. The information desk at Ceredigion Museum had no lights on, and the streets around it were almost empty. Standing in front of …

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Real Preseli

Chris Moss praises highly this guide to a region with secrets, Arthurian legend, industrial heritage and modern art spaces

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

For many people, Preseli is a dragon’s spine of 1000-foot mountains (‘hills’, anywhere outside of the UK) topped by rocky outcrops that vaguely separa …

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The Dunes

Mari Ellis Dunning

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Robert Minhinnick and Dan Llewelyn Hall’s collaborative poetry collection, The Dunes, revisits the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes in a gorgeous tapestry of p …

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Shards of Light

Nathan Llywelyn Munday hails a prophetic figure in his tenth decade, who, ‘in winter’, observes starlight and sighs like the Magi when ‘the glitter of inexplicable messages’ threatens a gloomy sky

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

When I received a copy of Emyr Humphreys’ Shards of Light, I expected a kind of archaeological poetry. These previously unpublished poems are written …

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The Red Lady of Paviland

Jonathan Edwards

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

Scientists open the curtains, wake her with light, and there she is, who’s only bits of bone. There she is look, up there in that cave, preserved by h …

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The Arthurian Place Names of Wales

Reginald Francis

PUBLISHED ON: 14/11/17

CATEGORY: Blog

As part of the National Library of Wales’ Arthur and Welsh Mythology exhibition, writer and Arthurian scholar, Scott Lloyd gave a lunchtime lecture ab …

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My Artemis, My Ephesus

Karen Phillips reports on the melancholy past and 7 present of Izmir in Turkey

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

In our Turkish years, when the sun shone on history changing before our eyes, we used to scuba dive at Pamucak Bay, seaward of the ruins of Ephesus. I …

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Songs of the Soil

Jessica Mookherjee

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

Waterlogged, overtaken by tides, swamped clay, sinking in soil that makes me homesick, near an estuary. I think I see paddy fields growing in Llanrhid …

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