Planet 224

All Around Europe

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by Emily Trahair

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Sioned Pearce and Stuart Fox offer a future direction for Welsh anti-poverty policy and cross-border collaboration on regeneration in anticipation of EU structural funds coming to an end.

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Mike Parker heads inland from Borth to Machynlleth along an estuarine part of the coast path, past places named after long-gone islands: Ynys Tachwedd, Neuadd-yr-Ynys, Ynyslas, Ynys Eidiol, Ynys Greigiog, Ynys Edwin and Ynyshir, sending a few tongue-in-cheek postcards from this muddy Welsh Venice as he goes…

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Richard Crowe reflects on adnabod (to know people, places or things via personal experience) and wonders whether it’s because he’s originally an incomer from England that he so often fails the adnabod test when it comes to acquaintance with others. As a Welsh European he takes comfort, however, in the fact that unlike in English, ways of knowing in Welsh have much in common with other languages of the continent…

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John Barnie pinpoints the failures, deceits and delusions of grandeur which characterised the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second article, which takes a closer look at how Blair’s psyche and pop culture’s relationship with politics fed into the decision to go to war, will be published in Planet 225.

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A poem by Nicholas Murray

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A short story by Amanda Rackstraw

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A poem by Zoë Brigley Thompson

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In the 50 years since Sam Knight reached the scene of the Aberfan disaster, so many words have been spoken, so much information analysed and so many headlines written about the atrocity, yet for some who were directly affected it is only now they can speak of their trauma. This article reflects on the desperate need for both testimony and silence when commemorating disasters around the world.

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Congratulations to Hannah Roberts, the winner of our 2016 Young Writers’ Essay Competition. In her essay, Hannah argues the Welsh music scene needs to transcend its linguistic schisms and anxieties in order to promote Welsh music in both languages across the world. She urges the music industry to take more creative risk in developing distinctively Welsh sounds, while being open to cultural influences from around the globe.

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Cardiff Without Culture offer vital lessons for anti-austerity activism following their successful campaign against a proposed £700,000 cut to Cardiff Council’s culture budget. Greg Cullen describes how this triumph of chaotic goodwill assuaged his doubts via a New Orleans-style funeral march and several bags of compost

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Catrin Webster reviews Beep Wales International Painting Prize, an exhibition currently touring the country. She describes how the traditional medium of paint can depict contemporary landscapes in the widest sense – internal, digital, architectural, psychological and sexual.

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Ffion Jones reviews the theatre performance Scorch which responds to how the internet is re-shaping gender politics, and can be a space for both liberation and deceit ̶ and the grey areas in between. The play sensitively draws on a news story of a young women who lived as a boy online, and who was convicted of gender fraud and sexual assault due to not disclosing her birth sex to her lover.

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