Huw Edwards: Living with our history

Spring 2012

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A Welsh brand to die for


When borders are crossed

Daniel G. Williams discusses two new editions of Raymond Williams’ work which chart the long revolution through which we continue to live.


Cultural Entrepreneurs

  • David Pountney
  • Elen ap Robert
  • David Anderson
  • Lleucu Siencyn
  • Andy Eagle



Tackling Wales’ Sir Humphreys

Andrew Davies calls for radical reform

Lords Special:

Wales in the House of Lords

Eluned Morgan casts an eye across the red benches of the other place

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas

Dafydd Wigley examines proposals to reform the Lords and judges that the UK is heading for a constitutional quagmire

Steretyopes in the Rhondda

Chris Williams looks back on a century of history in Labour’s archetypal heartland

Boxing clever in the land of the pulled punch

Geraint Talfan Davies reviews 25 years of the IWA



A few pearls amidst much wishful thinking

Rhys David examines the work of the Welsh Government’s economic sector panels

Public Procurement Special:

Vales for money

Kevin Morgan says we should give a nudge to a sleeping giant in the Welsh public purse



Hands on higher education

Chris O’Malley argues that a new university for southeast Wales should be more of a teaching hospital than a traditional academic institution

On target for seven-year-old Welsh speakers reaching 25% by 2015

Michael Jones reports on progress with implementing the Welsh medium education strategy


Social Policy

Prenatal and early years intervention top priority

Stephen Palmer says we need to capture a sense of urgency about our lifestyle deficiencies.

New strategies for dealing with self-harm

Mariel Jones and Catrin James examine how acute emotional and psychological problems among adolescents can be overcome

Progress is hitting the Welsh housing standard

Tamsin Stirling assesses how far we have come in improving the quality of local authority and housing homes in Wales



Turbine blight

Steve Dube challenges the image and the sound of wind power stations window dressing in the Welsh hills

Future of One Planet Wales

Morgan Parry applauds efforts to create a national environment service for Wales


Architectural spirit of Wales’ second city

Richard Porch celebrates the innovative design of some of Swansea’s 21st Century buildings

Oh to be a pilgrim

Andrew Dugmore explains why a trek is being undertaken this summer along a medieval route across southern Wales to St Davids



Fishlock’s File

An ideal Welsh poet

Trevor Fishlock meets one of the 1960s writers who ‘filled a certain hole in the air after Dylan Thomas’

Living with our history

Gethin Matthews explores the dilemmas of a nation’s past invading the present

A musical world force

Rhian Davies celebrates the life of the mother of the more famous Ivor

From the Cape to Cwmdu

Peter Finch follows the epic journeys of borders writer Horatio Care



The man who came to Neath

Peter Stead

The antagonisms between Labour and Plaid Cymru

John Osmond

Autodidact who discovered Wales

Harri Pritchard Jones

A party well served by its historians

J. Graham jones

Last word
Miraculous Grand Slam lessons for Wales

Peter Stead