Rosanne Alexander
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<p><strong>&lsquo;As bracing as a lungful of salt sea air&rsquo; &ndash; BBC <em>Wildlife</em> magazine</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Alexander&rsquo;s writing is captivating. It is experiential, fresh, and alive&rsquo; &ndash; Wales Arts Review</strong></p>...
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Dr John Pikoulis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was the most prominent writer of World War Two, in poetry and short fiction. <em>Raiders&rsquo; Dawn</em> (1942), answered the critics&rsquo; questions about the absence of war poets in that conflict, and his story collection <em>The Last Inspection</em> (1943) was a best selling...
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Gweno Lewis
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<p>Soldier and poet Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was an inveterate letter writer who wrote regularly to family, friends and other writers such as Robert Graves. Where they have been published they have attracted wide praise for their humanity and spontaneity, and have been compared by critics to the letters of Keats.</p><p>This...
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Jasmine Donahaye
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<p><strong>Wales Book of the Year Non-Fiction Winner, English Language Category 2016</strong></p><p>In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Jasmine Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. She set out to learn the story of what happened,...
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Stephen Wade, The Girl Who Lived On Air
Stephen Wade
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<p>Sarah Jacob was the Carmarthenshire farm girl who dominated the national and regional press for almost all of 1869. In the popular imagination she was &lsquo;the Welsh fasting girl&rsquo; and although she was not the first anorexic, she was arguably the first to cause a national furore, and become something of a celebrity. She...
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Poet to Poet, Judy Kendall
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<p>&quot;... gives a fascinating insight into Thomas&#39;s transition from prose hack to major poet.&quot;<em> <strong>&ndash; The Guardian</strong></em><br /><br />&quot;This marvellous book about the thankless, frustrating task of, well, keeping on keeping on. But, frankly, what else...
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Jonah Jones: An Artist's Life
Peter Jones
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<p><em>&quot;...Peter writes with captivating erudition.&quot; </em><strong>- Planet</strong></p><p>Sculptor, painter, letter cutter, stained glass artist, novelist, academic and administrator; Jonah Jones (1919-2004) was a twentieth century renaissance man.<br />Born near Newcastle into a...
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The Gwilliam Seasons, David Parry Jones
David Parry-Jones
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<p>In the late forties and early fifties the Welsh rugby team was virtually unbeatable - indeed the 1953 side was the last to beat New Zealand. The teams then included some of the all-time greats: Cliff Morgan, Bleddyn Williams, Lewis Jones, Ken Jones. If the backs were outstanding, they were aided by a pack of rigour and technique which...
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David N. Thomas
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<p>Who and what killed Dylan Thomas? The death of this iconic writer, in New York in November 1953, remains shrouded in mystery fifty-five years later. What might have been a triumphant new departure in his career and life with the first production of <em>Under Milk Wood</em>, and plans to work on operas with Igor Stravinsky and...
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Meic Stephens
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<p>Perhaps nothing captures the zeitgeist of a person or their society than their obituary. <em>Necrologies</em> &ndash; as the French call them &ndash; is a gathering of sixty obituaries written by Meic Stephens for <em>The Independent </em>of &ldquo;writers, historians, artists, broadcasters, political...
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Geraint Talfan Davies
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<p>Devolution to Wales and Scotland may prove to have been the most profound change in the UK in recent years. The consequences are far-reaching, and not just political. Geraint Talfan Davies, media and arts executive for more than three decades, recalls and reflects on the impact of this development for culture and civil society.</p>...
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<div>&rsquo;Occupation: Prizefighter&rsquo; is the first biography of boxer Freddie Welsh, pound for pound one of the best fighters in history, who died young and broke in a squalid hotel room in Hell&rsquo;s Kitchen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born Frederick Davies, in Pontypridd, he left his...
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ed. Paul Clements
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<p>Jan Morris is one of the world&rsquo;s leading writers. In this tribute to her on her eightieth birthday, a number of well-known people from the world of travel writing, journalism, broadcasting and publishing celebrate the writer, as well as the person, in specially written essays. Through anecdotes and personal memories, they...
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David N. Thomas
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<p>This second volume culled from the Colin Edwards Archive of interviews with Dylan Thomas&rsquo; family, friends and colleagues made during the 1960s covers Thomas&rsquo; &lsquo;adult&rsquo; life from his move, aged 20, to London to become a professional writer to his death in New York 51 years ago. It is a story which we...
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Dylan Remembered, Volume One: 1914-1934
David N. Thomas
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<p>This is the first of two volumes of transcribed interviews about the poet Dylan Thomas. Journalist, broadcaster, and author Colin Edwards interviewed numerous sources close to Thomas for a planned biography of the poet, but he was unable to begin work before his early death. The transcribed tapes have been edited into two collections,...
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W.H. Davies, Lawrence Normand
Lawrence Normand
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<p>The story of W.H. Davies is one of the most remarkable in twentieth century letters. Born in lowly circumstances in Newport, he moved to America where he lived as a hobo - a life he recorded in &rsquo;Autobiography of a Supertramp&rsquo;. During this period he lost a leg falling from a train and, manual work denied to him, Davies...
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Derek Bevan
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<p>A referee can&rsquo;t make a bad game good, but he can make a good game bad. Based on this assumption, Derek Bevan became one of the world&rsquo;s best - and best known - rugby union referees. He retired at the end of the 1999-2000 season, aged fifty, after 32 years as the man in the middle. During that long career he refereed in...
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Russell Stephens
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<p>Writer, producer, director, star of stage and screen, Emlyn Williams was a major talent in British theatre. He was also a man divided; the grammar school boy who went up to Oxford; the labourer&rsquo;s son with gilt-edged bonds; the Welsh speaker at ease in the metropolis; devoted husband yet lover of men. This book examines the...
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Sean Street The Dymock Poets
Sean Street
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<p><br /><br />Shortly before the First World War a group of poets gathered in the small village of Dymock, in rural Gloucestershire, forming an interacting colony of talent. Their number included Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson, Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Edward Thomas and Eleanor Farjeon. Among their...
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Francis kilvert
David Lockwood
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<p>Kilvert&rsquo;s diaries are famous throughout the world. They are acclaimed for quality of the diarist&rsquo;s response to Victorian society and his passionate love of the natural world. Life in his two homes, near Chippenham and on the Radnor-Hereford border (now known as &rsquo;Kilvert Country&rsquo;) shines through his...
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Rhys Davies
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<p>Long before the idea that all biography is fiction became fashionable, Rhys Davies was cheerfully retelling his life story without mention of such minor details as his date of birth, or the existence of brothers and sisters. Despite this deviation from convention, <em>Print of a Hare&rsquo;s Foot </em>is both compelling...
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Gerard Manley Hopkins, Norman White
Norman White
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<p>The three years Gerard Manley Hopkins spent at the Jesuit college at St. Beuno&rsquo;s in the vale of Clwyd were the most important of his authorial life - perhaps his whole life. He wrote for the first time in seven years - including his classic sonnets - and St Beuno&rsquo;s was his literary testing ground. Here he encountered...
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Margiad Evans
Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
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<p>Novelist, essayist, poet and writer of short stories, Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was one of the most remarkable women writers of the mid-twentieth century. Having published three novels, two autobiographical works and two volumes of poetry during her life, her relatively slim output belies considerable achievement in the face of...
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Herbert Howells, Paul Spicer
Paul Spicer
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<p>Composer, organist, teacher, writer and broadcaster, Herbert Howells (1892-1983) is a major figure in English music. His three choral masterpieces, <em>Hymnus Paradisi</em>, the <em>Stabat Mater</em> and <em>Missa Sabrinensis</em>, are classics, while his ecclesiastical music - quite possiblly sung...
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