Rivers of Wales

Catherine Duigan finds that this book is a cultural treasure house for Welsh rivers, inspiring care for their future

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jim Perrin follows streams to the lowlands in his new book, Rivers of Wales. It is easy to be swept away in its strong currents of folklore, to tumble …

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Jan Morris 1926-2020

Chris Moss celebrates the life of a sharp-eyed, analytical and eclectic writer with the knack of being in the right place at the right time

PUBLISHED ON: 23/11/20

CATEGORY: Obituary

Wales’ most celebrated writer, Jan Morris, has died, aged 94.  The news comes at the end of a grim year during which her guiding passion – travel – ha …

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The Lives and Extraordinary Adventures of Fifteen Tramp Writers from the Golden Age of Vagabondage

Chris Moss finds that there is something romantic and true about the fourteen men and one woman who lived first, wrote afterwards, and saw in the tramping life a mode of being that was more meaningful than home-focused domestic existence

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jim Phelan, in collection of Ian Cutler   An extensive list of words for people of no fixed abode in the introduction to this book reminds us how …

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Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers took into the Unknown

From parrots to monkeys to gigantic boxes of British tea, Amy Aed is fascinated to read what was packed for world-changing adventures

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The concept behind Ed Stafford’s Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers took into the Unknown is quite simple: what did the world’s best explo …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Japan

Pico Iyer Amy Aed is intrigued by a very unconventional guidebook (more poetry and internal dialogue than a cheat-sheet for tea shops) to a nation with American surfaces and non-American values

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Pico Iyer is often referred to as one of the best travel writers of the twenty-first century. I had not heard of him, I’m embarrassed to reveal. But t …

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Where We Live Now: Covid Toponyms

How names helped Sarah Tanburn find her way during a Cardiff lockdown

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column

[We] read in place-names a record of important events and reconstruct something of the culture of the namers at the time they assigned names to the pl …

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Thinking Again

When a travel writer has been everwhere, writes Chris Moss, there is something radically enlightening – as well as saleable – in writing about home and stasis. Jan Morris demonstrates the arts of seeming intimate without ever being truly confessional, stoicism and the ability to find a quiet poetry in social isolation

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

A national treasure, Jan Morris can do no wrong. As she approaches her mid nineties, each new book is offered as the last. With more than sixty alread …

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Pravda Ha Ha

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the rise of the Right and how the little guy was shafted in the interim, and the stupid became unjustifiably wealthy

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the r …

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Stranger Shores

Karen Phillips

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Travel

3. The Waiting Shore The main road through Mahahual runs past the hotel, a thin track of tarmac with thin drifts of sand nudging out from the high cur …

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No Situation is Permanent

Hannah Garrard

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

1. Those Who Live in Such Harmony Must Be Happy Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana, 2006 Buduburam returns to me in a series of images, scents and sounds: …

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