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Poems To Live By: ‘The Shape of Nothing Happening’

The Shape of Nothing Happening Dust knows the places we have forgotten, or we never see, marking out the margins of our world: the window ledge’s cracked paint, the bevelled edges of a door frame, the dado rails, the skirting … Continue reading

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Poems To Live By: ‘The Tyger’

As a teacher, if I wasn’t sure about what to teach, the following poem was the one I usually turned to. It worked with pupils of all ages, from year 7 right through to A Level students. As a result, it … Continue reading

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Books of the Year (part 2)

Most of the time, I tend to read whatever’s on the bookshelf or whatever’s been recommended by others. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed reading this year. Why not let me know what you’ve enjoyed in the comment thread which follows. 1. … Continue reading

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Books of the Year (part 1)

It’s not been a particularly active year for the blog but, for what it’s worth, I thought I would collate some of my favourite cultural moments of 2014. Let’s start with those books published this year which gave me most … Continue reading

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Dannie

On a Sunday afternoon this year, I received an email from a close friend with the simple title, ‘Dannie’. I understood at once what it meant. One of the greatest Welsh voices of the last seventy years had finally been … Continue reading

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Welsh Music Prize 2014

I don’t know why music has such a hold on me. For some reason, it reaches down into my very guts and won’t let me go. I’m also a bit partial to all things Welsh. So, Welsh music? You probably … Continue reading

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Modern Life

Do you remember that strange feeling you had when you first read the opening of ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’? That’s exactly how I felt as I read George Saunders latest collection of short stories, ‘Tenth of December’. Saunders presents a world which … Continue reading

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