Just recently, I wrote up an article about a TV historian’s comments on Wales, and I mapped out how those comments were so very reminiscent of English colonialism in Wales. You can find it here on Wales Online. In the late nineties when I started university, there were such changes in Wales regarding devolution and possibilities of self-governance. I couldn’t put my finger on how I felt about it at the time, but now I recognise it. I was happy […]
I recently did an interview for the Devolved Voices project at University of Aberystwyth. The idea of the project is to investigate the state of Welsh poetry in English since Wales’s devolution ‘yes’ vote of 1997. There is a particular focus on those poets who have emerged since 1997 and a consideration of the rise in poetry from women.
Having just spent a few months in Britain, I was really moved to read an article about exile by Costica Bradatan in the New York Times:
“Uprooting is a devastating blow because you have to separate yourself overnight from something that, for as long as you can remember, has been an important part of your identity. In a sense, you are your culture, customs, language, country, your family, your lovers”
The new issue of the New Welsh Review features a project titled “Beyond the Barren Lands” which combines my poems with photographs by Nathan Roach. An English friend of mine asked me a question about the Valleys recently. He had just completed the annual Dragon Ride, a cycle route that ranges around the Ogmore, Rhondda, and Llynfi Valleys, and he asked me: “Why would anybody want to live there?” Many think of the coaltowns in South Wales as a dormitory […]