A series of pieces by students

Christian Phelps draws on his experience of moving from Wisconsin to Cardiff, his work with urban Welsh LGBTQ+ activism, and interviews with activists in rural Wales to ask whether with its new LGBTQ+-inclusive school curriculum, Wales can become a global model for uplifting LGBTQ+ communities.

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Faith Clarke draws on her experiences of interviewing people in Cardiff for a film project on women and austerity to argue that cuts to government spending mark a profound shift away from solidarity and towards a callous re-definition of ‘fairness’.

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Aberystwyth University student Kelly Gomes relates her experience of being the child of Portuguese parents, and how the unique position of second-generation immigrants needs to be reflected upon as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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Inspired by Planet’s Retracing Wales series of creative responses to the coast path, Cardiff University student Elizabeth Facer reflects back on an intriguing island on the estuary just below her hometown, and how its identity crisis mirrors her own…

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Cardiff University student Alexandra Banfi draws on Postcolonial theory and the historical legacy of quasi-colonialism in Wales to reflect on how delusions of imperial grandeur still inform Britishness, and how this fed into Wales’ decision to leave the EU.

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Aberystwyth University student Nina Byrom offers a uniquely uncanny short story inspired by the history of the town’s funicular railway. This feature is published as part of Aberystwyth University’s Ambassadorship scheme and hosting partnership with Planet.

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Songtao Lin, a student from China, visited Tafwyl Festival and St Fagans National Museum of History, reflecting on his own experience and talking to friends with cultural roots from around the world about what Welshness means to them.

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Laura Stevens is inspired by the Planet series Retracing Wales, in which writers responded to different sections of the Wales Coast Path, to reflect in words and images on the contrasting landscapes and seascapes of Cardiff and her hometown Southampton.

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Student and agricultural worker Bethan Evans gives a personal reflection on how widespread mental health crises are among people in rural Wales, and also among young people at university. She proposes how the Welsh Government can do more to help alleviate mental health problems.

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Laura Davies is inspired by the Planet series Retracing Wales, in which writers responded to different sections of the Wales Coast Path, to reflect on how both Welsh and English shores have shaped her identity, as a person of Welsh heritage growing up over the border.

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Our Aberystwyth University Student Ambassador Fraya Lee Reynolds gives a personal response to an article in Planet on refugee history in Wales, drawing on her experience of living in Aberystwyth during the current refugee crisis.

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Maria Aguado draws on her experience of Iberian cuisine to explore the food cultures of people from Spain living in Cardiff.

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Cardiff University masters student Yupei Wang reflects on her year living in Wales, drawing on her experience of growing up in a part of China with its own distinctive language, landscape and culture.

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Drawing on her visit to Planet’s office in the Old College on Aberystwyth’s seafront, Cardiff University student Megan Potterton imagines the myriad sounds, sights and seascapes which can be experienced from the promenade across different seasons, in the latest contribution to Planet Platform

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Cardiff University Student Charlotte Clark responds to Gillian Clarke's poem 'Cardiff Elms'.

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Aberystwyth University Student Ambassador Jazmine Codrington gives a personal response to a Planet article celebrating LGBT identity and Wales from 1999 by Mike Parker. How much have attitudes shifted in the last 18 years?

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Third-year undergraduate Kathryn Morgan responds to themes of family, belonging and nostalgia in recent issues of Planet, drawing on her family history as a grandchild of Welsh emigrants to Canada and her current experience of living in Cardiff.

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Third-year undergraduate Greg Taylor responds to our series ‘Welsh Keywords’ which, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords, offers contemporary perspectives on contested meanings of words in Welsh, and how these shifting meanings continue to shape our society.

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A stunning visual contribution by Bethany E. Williams, the latest contributor to our Aberystwyth University ILLCA Student Ambassador Scheme. Bethany gives her artistic perspective on ‘Retracing Wales’, our series of creative responses in Planet magazine to the Wales Coast Path by some of Wales’s leading writers and artists.

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Masters student Natalie Cox responds to ‘Retracing Wales’, our series of creative responses to the Wales Coast Path, which go astray from the usual tourism and heritage script.

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Third-year undergraduate Kevin Hudson responds to ‘Retracing Wales’, our series of creative responses to the Wales Coast Path, which go astray from the usual tourism and heritage script.

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