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Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales [online event]

Wednesday May 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

What does it mean to imagine Wales and “The Welsh” as something both distinct and inclusive?

For many people, Wales brings to mind the same old collection of images – if it’s not rugby, sheep and rolling hills, it’s the 3 Cs: castles, coal, and choirs. Heritage, mining and the church are indeed integral parts of Welsh culture. But what of the other stories that point us toward a Welsh future?

In Welsh (Plural), some of the foremost current Welsh writers offer imaginative, radical perspectives that take us beyond the clichés and binaries that so often shape thinking about Wales and Welshness.


Charlotte Williams is an academic and writer. She is Honorary Professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University. In 2020 she was appointed as Chair of the Ministerial Working Group: Communities, Contributions and Cynefin: Black Asian Minority Ethnicities in the New Curriculum.

Morgan Owen is an essayist and poet originally from Merthyr Tydfil. In 2019, he won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry in a Celtic Language. His work often has a particular focus on the weaving of landscape, temporality and identity.

Darren Chetty has worked in education for twenty-five years. He is a co-editor of Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales. He is a contributor to the bestselling book The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla. Darren co-authored What Is Masculinity? Why Does It Matter? And Other Big Questions and How To Disagree: Negotiate Difference in a Divided World.

Cerys Hafana is a musician from Machynlleth. She plays arrangements of Welsh folk tunes and songs, alongside original compositions on the triple harp and piano. Cerys is also a member of Avane, the Welsh youth folk ensemble, and released her debut solo album, Cwmwl, last year.

Originally from Worcestershire, Mike Parker has lived in mid Wales for over twenty years. The country has been his muse for TV and radio programmes, and numerous books including Neighbours From Hell?, Map Addict, The Greasy Poll, Real Powys and On the Red Hill. The latter won the 2020 nonfiction Wales Book of the Year and was runner up for the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing.


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If you’d like a copy of the book then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please choose a solidarity ticket. There’s also a free access ticket for students, low income and unwaged comrades.

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