I am pictured above (right) with independence activist, Robert Smith, at the march for Welsh independence in Merthyr Tudful, 7th September 2019. Having been inspired in my teens by the history of cultured passive resistance to cultural persecution described by Gwynfor Evans in his history of Wales, Land of My Fathers, and by his vision of European union, I have sought to help rebuild the political and cultural independence of Wales for the whole of my adult life. I have worked on conservation projects in Scotland, Estonia, Iceland and Costa Rica, and am also rather fond of cats.
I am proud to have worked with Liz Ashworth, The Origami Bird (Parthian, 2004); Glenda Beagan, winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and the Trewithen Poetry Prize; writer and scholar, James David Audlin; Carys Bray, winner of the Scott Prize for Short Fiction and author of Sweet Home (Salt, 2012); editor and poet, Brett Evans; John Fraser Williams, Scan (Cinnamon, 2012); Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, winner of the Bath Short Story Award in 2013, and author of While No one was Watching (Parthian, 2013); Louise Fazackerley, winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices award; writer and journalist, Jim Perrin; Mike Robbins, scientist, novelist, nouvelist and travel writer; Siân Northey, Yn y Tŷ Hwn (Gomer, 2011); poet and musician Fiona Owen; poet and novelist A.L. Reynolds; Simon Thirsk, short-listed for the Costa Award 2010 for his novel, Not Quite White (Gomer, 2010); Gee Williams, the award-winning author of four short-story collections, most recently A Girl’s Arm (Salt 2012); Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, author of Silk (Seren, 2001), Not in These Shoes and Banjo (Picador, 2008 and 2012), twice shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award; with Alistair Sims, writer in residence at the Meillionydd excavations, and his colleagues Prof Raimund Karl and Dr Kate Waddington; and the clinicians and academics of the North Wales Mental Health Research Project.
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