Television naturalist Iolo Williams picks his favourite forty from the many nature reserves in Wales. From the Great Orme to Magor Marsh, from Oxwich on the Gower to Gronant Dunes, Williams criss-crosses Wales. His list includes coastal sites from estuaries to inaccessible cliffs plus Skomer and other islands valleys, mountains, meadows, bogs, woods and former industrial land.
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The discovery of a traditional Welsh blanket in the palace of the former ruler of Yemen took Patricia Aithie on a fascinating journey of discovery. In the Yemeni seaman of the steam age, she finds a surprising link between her hometown of Cardiff, once the world's biggest coal-exporting port, and Aden, where the coal which fuelled the Empire was bunkered. On her journey, Aithie discovers an ancient and unti...
In honor of the 80th birthday of British travel journalist Jan Morris, her colleagues and successors have put together this celebratory, biographical tribute, which explores both the writer and her writing. By revisiting more than 50 years of descriptions of her travels, her epic three-volume history of the British Empire, and her startling and thoughtful memoir about her sex change, the volume contains man...
The manuscript that kept sifting to the top, Sleeping with Rivers by Cath Drake, is simply full of gorgeous poems. Drake has a tendency to a longer line, a discursive manner, a narrative depth.I started to love these poems from the very first line of the first poem, 'Every morning she wakes up with rivers - ' Drake's tone is beautifully sensitive to the rhythms of language: knows when to pull back, when to ...