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A Whim Set in Concrete: The Campaign to Stop the Cardiff Bay Barrage, sian best
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<p>Claimed to be the essential component for the regeneration of south Cardiff, the Cardiff Bay Barrage turned out to be one of the costliest - and to many, most unnecessary - civil engineering projects ever undertaken on the British coastline. Developers and politicians stand accused of circumventing the wishes of local residents, ignoring...
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<h3>A Christmas exclusive: Get both of Sarah Philpott&rsquo;s vegan cookbooks for just &pound;19.99</h3><h3>&nbsp;</h3><p><a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/occasional-vegan"><em>The Occasional Vegan</em></a>&nbsp;is a collection of simple, affordable...
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Sandra Anstey
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<p>R.S. Thomas is Wales&rsquo; most famous living writer. His uncompromising stance on issues concerning Welsh nationalism, as well as his eloquent verse have, over the forty-six years of his career, earned him international acclaim and a vital place in the hearts and minds of his compatriots. This revised and expanded second edition of...
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Florilingua, Shani Rhys James
Shani Rhys James
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<p><em>Florilingua</em> accompanies Shani Rhys James&rsquo; new touring exhibition of paintings and an installation which distills the motifs of her recent work into a three dimensional audio experience. Here are Rhys James&rsquo; characteristic wild wallpapers, menacing chandeliers and other domestic items in a specially...
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Henry vaughan
Stevie Davies
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<p>There is no portrait of Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan (1621-95), and little documentation of his life. However, at the tercentenary of his death his writing remains as influential as ever and the writer continues to fascinate.<br /><br />Stevie Davies uses her skills as a novelist and critic to bring to life her now distant...
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<p><em>&ldquo;When I write, I want to smash through something.&rdquo; </em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Writing is something without which you die.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;New technologies have fundamentally changed what it means to be a writer.&rdquo;</em></p...
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<p>The murder of God-fearing, bible-quoting, partially deaf Thomas Thomas at the branch of Star Stores he managed in Garnant, South Wales has remained an unsolved mystery since it happened in 1921. His body was found on the morning of Sunday February 13<sup>th</sup>, his head smashed, his throat cut and with a stab wound to the...
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Steve Makin
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<p>A retrospective through poems and photographs of the town of Mynydd Parys, near Amlwch on Anglesey, formerly one of the largest copper mines in the world.</p>
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Stephen Glascoe
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<p>This book concerns the contentious subject of historic child abuse. The author and publisher condemn child abuse as the most heinous of crimes, and have the utmost sympathy with those who have suffered it. Many of the people in this narrative have been anonymised, for their protection. The book asks important questions about the processes...
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Picture Welsh Poets, Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
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<p>From the Introduction: &quot;It was whilst studying photography in America that I became interested in uniting image and text. I would write about photographs I had taken, and add other information, related and tangential. This idea developed when I began to ask the subjects of my photographs to write a statement or comment about...
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radio scriptwriting
Sam Boardman-Jacobs, Editor
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<p>Radio has given all of us some great moments of drama, moments so engaging that we have escaped from our own world into another, and forgotten, too, that the broadcast world is underlain by finely-tuned writing. &rsquo;Radio Scriptwriting&rsquo; reminds us of the skills, the issues, the invention, the teamwork and the individual...
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Real Liverpool, Niall Griffiths
Series Editor Peter Finch
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<p>In population terms, Liverpool isn&rsquo;t a huge city (it is dwarfed by Birmingham), but it looms colossally in the history (recorded and mythical) of the British Isles, and indeed the world. <em>Real Liverpool</em> is Niall Griffiths&rsquo; antidote to some of mawkish twaddle that has marked Liverpool&rsquo;s...
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Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Donald Hunt
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<p>Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) is one of the most influential figures in English Cathedral Music. In rewriting the settings of the Canticles he revived devotion to that part of the service; he is also the author of many memorable anthems. Beyond composition, his influence was extended through controversial reforming pamphlets on the...
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Denis F. Ratcliffe
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<p>Critically injured in a mysterious air crash, D. considers the question which has haunted his young life: &rsquo;what am I doing here?&rsquo; What he recalls is a disturbing story of a child&rsquo;s struggle for survival set against the backdrop of the deprivations of the Second World War, and the bombing of his hometown,...
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<p>This one year subscription is the perfect gift for any book lover.&nbsp;The recipient will receive&nbsp;three brand-new Seren books across the year plus&nbsp;a range of other subscriber perks.</p><p>Buy today and we&rsquo;ll post them a gift card&nbsp;explaining who the gift&nbsp;is from&nbsp;to...
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Slanderous Tongues, Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams
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<p><em>&#39;This is an unmistakably important book, and its publication will become a significamt landmark moment in the history of Welsh poetry in English.&#39;</em><strong> -- New Welsh Review</strong></p><p><em>Slanderous Tongues</em> addresses a shameful gap in Welsh literary...
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Swansea Girl, Barbara Hardy
Barbara Hardy
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<p><em>Swansea Girl </em>is a recollection of childhood and adolescence in the &rsquo;20s, &rsquo;30s and &rsquo;40s, told with an attractive candour and made vivid by the author&rsquo;s remarkable eye for detail.<br /><br />Barbara Hardy&rsquo;s maternal grandfather came from Devon to work in the...
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The Art of Derek Walcott, Stewart Brown
Stewart Brown
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<p>Derek Walcott is a poet of international stature: his work appeals to both academic and popular audiences and is read throughout the world. Immensely talented as a poet, he is also a fine dramatist, a thoughtful essayist and gifted painter. Walcott&rsquo;s career coincides with the growth of an independent artistic culture in his...
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Stewart Brown
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<p>Kamau Brathwaite is arguably the most original poet yet to emerge from the Caribbean; in terms of his technical experimentation with form and language and the sheer scale and ambition of his work he is certainly the most adventurous. Author of over a dozen collections of poetry, several works of cultural criticism, plays for schools, and...
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<p><br /><br />Fanfic is the fastest-growing form of writing in the world. Working in &lsquo;fandoms&rsquo; anonymous authors bring their own gloss and invention to novels, films and tv series, developing characters, expanding narratives and, in the &lsquo;slash&rsquo; genre, boldly going where the conventional...
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Sean Street The Dymock Poets
Sean Street
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<p>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 visitors were W.H. Davies...
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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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Sarah Philpott
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The story behind why this was written is equally as inspiring as are the dishes​&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Buzz Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;[Sarah Philpott&rsquo;s] reasoning to try vegan food is sound. Less cruelty, more deliciousness, and some...
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The Rivalry of Flowers, Shani Rhys-James
Shani Rhys James
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<p>Includes contibutions from William Packer, Francesca Rhydderch and Edward Lucie-Smith.<br /><br />A book of new paintings and works by Shani Rhys James, one of Britain&rsquo;s leading and most distinctive artists. Her latest work has developed a lighter palette to deal with new subjects of flowers and colourful patterned...
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