Planet 223

All Around Europe

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Aled Gruffydd Jones interviews Syriza's Minister of Culture Aristide Baltas, who reveals how Greek citizens are reclaiming their ancient heritage in the name of radical democracy and internationalism, and offers inspiration for how other nations could expand cultural provision in the face of severe austerity.

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Angharad Gwilym and Ted Parry explore long-established links and potential alliances between Wales and Liverpool in the face of the depredations of the British state. Could this English 'Celtic' city contribute to an imminent break-up of British culture?

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Steve Gough revives the voices of Welsh child miners whose testimonies of exploitation contributed to a landmark piece of Victorian social reform. Was this the first and last time children's voices in Wales were heeded so extensively?

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Slavery, including child slavery, exists across Wales. The Welsh Government Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator, Stephen Chapman, explains how citizens have an important role to play in making Wales hostile to this heinous crime.

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A Welsh Government policy priority of wellbeing is under threat from intensified austerity. In a climate where workers are increasingly burdened by job insecurity, overtime and a punitive benefits regime, Frances Williams details the vital importance of rest for the imagination and artistic production, and has a unique proposal for burnt-out creative workers…

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Our series Retracing Wales offers creative responses to the Wales Coast Path which lead us far astray from the tourist script. In this issue, a 19th century asylum inmate has an extraordinary vision of a future Wales in a new short story by Mary-Ann Constantine set in Amroth, Pembrokeshire.

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Anthony Brockway is transfixed by the womanly gaze of Christ in Majesty, the sculpture in Llandaff Cathedral by the controversial artist Jacob Epstein, and reveals the story behind its ambiguous features, before travelling to Manhattan in search of its glamorous twin...

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Our Welsh Keywords offers contemporary perspectives on the meaning of words in Welsh, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords. In this issue, Rowan O’Neill explores the contradictory strains and liberating potential of cymysgrywedd/hybridity, writing as a Welsh-speaking woman and descendant of English incomers living in bilingual Wales.

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Guest edited by Mike Parker

Peter Finch on Iain Sinclair

Norena Shopland reviews Queer Wales

Charmian Savill looks at Addlands by Tom Bullough

Murdo MacDonald reviews The Tradition

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As Brexit threatens to cut off Welsh ties with the continent, Meic Llewellyn introduces the Tosta project which binds together stateless nations and minoritised languages including Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, the Basque Country, Galicia and Friesland.

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Ellen Bell is marvelled by a new exhibition at Oriel Davies which displays the work of ‘outsider artists’ from margins of society around the world. But do shows such as these exploit those who have chosen to remain outside the art market?

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