Real Swansea Two
"Swansea made real for a second time. Jenkins has done an impressive job. Entertaining and informative, a voyage of discovery in depth, full of quirk and quality, opinion and controversy, history and topography, magic and academia." - Peter Finch
Nigel Jenkins has given his hometown the Real treatment once already, but there was so much to say about Wales’ second city (though for many its first) that he’s back with Real Swansea Two. This time, his subjects in the ‘ugly, lovely city’ include death, sex and drugs, theatre, ancient trackways, the changing shopping centre, and much, much more. With characteristic insight, humour and an eye for the odd and unusual, Jenkins explores Morriston, the Hafod, Llangyfelach and Blackpill, and ponders iconic buildings such as Mumbles lighthouse, the Meridian Tower and the Guildhall.
From the legendary Macabre Café and the Grand Theatre to brothels and the Welsh School of Architectural Glass, from Waunarlwydd to Salubrious Passage, all Swansea life is here, celebrated in stylish prose and pin-sharp poetry.
Nigel Jenkins is a prize-winning writer. Director of creative writing at Swansea University, he is well known and energetically active in Swansea’s cultural life.