Planet 225

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by Emily Trahair

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Following our invitation to pool ideas for strengthening Welsh internationalism after the EU referendum, Meic Birtwistle offers personal snapshots from past struggles against the Far Right in proposing how to form alliances against rising racist attacks and support for UKIP in the wake of the Leave campaign.

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Peter Stevenson recounts the experience of performing Welsh folk tales around Wales, New York and West Virginia during 2016, and what these stories of walls, boundaries and other worlds tell us following the EU referendum and the US election.

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Why did Wales vote to leave the EU and Scotland vote to remain? Richard Marsden and Penni Bestic argue that to answer this question we need to examine how the Welsh and Scottish people perceive their turbulent national histories, and how this informs their sense of belonging.

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In our Retracing Wales series, Jan Morris leads us astray from the Wales Coast Path, up to ‘a place of almost allegorical Welshness’, and from where can be can be glimpsed the spectres of another Wales, which now only exists in memory…

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A poem by J. Twm.

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Our Welsh Keywords series offers contemporary perspectives on the meaning of words in Welsh, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords. In this issue, Marion Löffler reflects on ‘gweriniaeth’ in the sense of ‘republic’. She examines why republicanism is still such a marginal position in Wales, while being ‘the locus of dreams of independence, of fringe movements and of alternative histories’…

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In the second of two articles taking a long view on the Chilcot Report and the ongoing catastrophe emerging from the ‘War on Terror’, John Barnie examines how Blair’s desire for celebrity status fed into the decision to go to war.

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A poem by Alice Harrison

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Christien Gholson offers strikingly dystopian visions of the US desert landscape and war veteran trauma in these two prose-poems.

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Tom Alcott on how professional wrestling offers a portal into his childhood in Merthyr, and the art of creating new, more exciting versions of ourselves…

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Rachel Trezise reviews g39’s exhibition ‘Revelations: the Poison of Free Thought Part II’ and offers wider reflections on 21st century ‘American Wales’. Following the economic crisis, the Leave vote and Trump’s victory, what does the future hold for the rust-belt and the Rhondda?

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Georgia Burdett conveys the widespread shock at the Welsh Government’s rejection of an Autism Bill for Wales. She gives an insight into the distress commonly suffered by individuals with autism and care-givers due to the current system, and argues that the particularly complex needs of those with the condition make separate legislation essential.

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Diane Bailey on the frisson of recognition she experienced when an ancient bridge in Dyffryn Ardudwy came into view: an important place in both the history of droving and Welsh visual culture, being the site of an iconic image by the photographer and environmental activist Fay Godwin.

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