Phil Cope

Phil Cope is a photographer, writer, teacher, and cultural exhibition designer whose subjects have included the footballer John Charles, Paul Robeson and Wales and the Spanish Civil War. He was Head of Drama, and Deputy Head of English in the Welsh Joint Education Committee. He has published Borderlands (2013) and the Holy Wells series which includes: Holy Wells: Wales (2008), Holy Wells: Cornwall (2010), Holy Wells: Scotland (2015) and The Living Wells of Wales (2019).


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Author Events

Sunday 29th August, 15:00

Author and photographer Phil Cope's book The Living Wells of Wales takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from  Anglesey to Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen. Cope’s atmospheric photographs are accompanied by folk tales, myths and legends, conversations with well-keepers and poems inspired by...

Saturday 28th August, 15:00

The Golden Valley: A Visual Biography of the Garw  is a personal account in words and photographs of the Garw where Phil Cope has lived for thirty-five years. In it he explores the valley’s history: sparsely worked agriculture; boom-town coal exploitation; sudden, followed by gentle, post-industrial decline; attempts at re-invigoration through heritage and leisure; and now, existing in a post-covid world. For further information and to buy tickets visit: