Excerpts from Planet 216
After the Scottish Referendum: Peripheral Visions
Daniel G. Williams, Damian Gorman and Joanie Willett on the implications of the referendum result for Wales, the north of Ireland and Cornwall.
Back to the Miners’ Strike
Thirty years after the strike, Helen Pendry remembers her reactions at the time, and reflects on why the wider struggle continues.
On Getting Old: an Agnostic Sermon
Jan Morris advocates a to-hell-with-it, up-yours approach to ageing, and argues that in the end everything you do in life can be measured against a scale of kindness.
Save Our Services
Len Arthur warns that forthcoming cuts to the Welsh NHS will dwarf what we have experienced already. How can campaigners highlight the problems caused by the cuts without being seen to support a Tory agenda?
Recently appointed CEO Adrian Ramsay looks back at 40 years of the Centre for Alternative Technology and offers a new vision for the organisation as CAT prepares for inevitable climate change.
The Preseli Hills Transcended
Reuben Knutson introduces utopian images of the past, present and future, in installation, video and collage: after-images of the back-to-the-land movement of 1970s Pembrokeshire, which have new resonance as we face catastrophic climate change.
No Longer Nation Builders
Kathryn Gray reflects on new research into attitudes towards devolution and identity politics among contemporary English-language poets in Wales, drawing on her work for the Devolved Voices project. Now there is a National Assembly, are Anglophone poets less engaged with politics and Welshness?
The Monster Anglopolis: The English Language in India
Sunandan Roy Chowdhury decries the dominance of the English language over Indian literature, thought, identity and material development; and describes how a small publishing house is contributing to the wider struggle to demolish ‘Anglopolis’.
The Breton Collaborators and the Welsh Llenorion
Rob Stradling reflects on a controversial legacy to the National Library of Wales from a former SS member from Brittany. How close were Breton collaborators really to Welsh nationalists?
Retracing Wales: Strumble Head
In Retracing Wales, our series of creative responses to the Wales Coast Path, photographer Paul Cabuts remembers the atmospheric presence created by electricity lines strung between poles at Strumble Head, now buried underground, and looks at the place of telegraph poles in Welsh visual and literary culture.
Ffion Jones... on theatre
Dai Griffiths... on music
Owen Donovan... on libraries
Charmian Savill reviews Water
Selwyn Williams reviews The Village Against the World
Emilia Ivancu reviews Encounters with R.S.