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British Spanish Society Prize now open

It’s that time of the year again! Not just Halloween, but arguably even more exciting: we are calling out for proposals for the British Spanish Society Prize, sponsored by the University of Wales Press and our Iberian and Latin American Studies Series. The prize will be £250, offered by the British Spanish Society, and books

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The rise and demise of Egypt’s largest pyramid

For International Archaeology Day, Peter James introduces his upcoming book Saving the Pyramids: Modern Engineering and Egypt’s Ancient Monuments, to be published in 2018 by University of Wales Press.  As MD of Cintec International, Peter James has worked on projects around the globe, strengthening and restoring historically significant structures from Windsor Castle to the parliament buildings

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The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages

by A.D. Carr, author of The Gentry of North Wales in the Later Middle Ages In the later Middle Ages, landownership in Wales was transformed from a pattern based on the rights and interests of the kindred to one of individual proprietorship. This was the background to the emergence of the landed gentry. The present study

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The Jews of Wales: A History

by Cai Parry-Jones, author of The Jews of Wales: A History As a non-Jewish Welshman I’ve often been asked by people why I decided to embark on a research project on the history of Welsh Jewry. ‘Surely, you must have some Jewish ancestry? No? So why the interest?’ The answer is simple – I am

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Making Mars Speak Human

The University of Wales Press contributes to a publication from an active NASA mission which highlights the Welsh language With artistic shots of actively eroding slopes, impact craters, strange polar landscapes, avalanches, and spectacular descent pictures of probes like the Phoenix Lander and the Mars Science Laboratory, a new publication by the University of Arizona

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Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

by Dr Robert McKay and Dr John Miller, editors of Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic The werewolf is the least tracked of the three cardinal species of monster, overshadowed in the moonlight by vampires and the recent zombie hordes. We have learned that such figures offer (as David Punter writes of the Gothic) ‘a very

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UWP at the National Eisteddfod 2017

The University of Wales Press once again attended the National Eisteddfod – this year held in Anglesey from the 4th to the 12th August. The Press set up shop in the University of Wales tent, with hundreds of Welsh and English-language books on offer. Many of our authors were also in attendance, giving a fascinating

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UWP title wins prestigious international Gothic writing award

The Gothic and the Carnivalesque in American Culture (Gothic Literary Studies) by Dr Timothy Jones has been announced as co-winner of the prestigious Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize – an international prize for gothic criticism. Announced as part of the International Gothic Association’s (IGA) biannual conference in Mexico, the book, which is published by the University

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What are the origins of Flintshire’s place-names?

By Hywel Wyn Owen, co-author of Place Names of Flintshire Flintshire is one of the most fascinating counties in Wales in terms of history, and almost all its historical developments are reflected in its place-names – Alun, Clwyd and Elwy are very old Brythonic river names; Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and Hawarden were recorded in the Domesday

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Why Wales Never Was

by Simon Brooks, author of Why Wales Never Was In When Was Wales? Gwyn Alf Williams claims that Wales is remade by the Welsh from generation to generation, ‘if they want to’. Wales is thus always ‘now’; despite societal, cultural and linguistic change, Wales is always ‘here’. Why Wales Never Was is in broad agreement,

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Memoir and Identity in Welsh Patagonia

by Geraldine Lublin, author of Memoir and Identity in Welsh Patagonia: Voices from a Settler Community in Argentina In a recent interview with BBC Radio Cymru, I was asked if the Welsh should apologise to Patagonia’s indigenous peoples for taking their land. It is an interesting and complex question to which I was unable to respond

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Community Organization and Development

by Steve Clarke, author of Community Organization and Development: from its history towards a model for the future A friend of mine said recently that, although there were probably more people in the development business today than previously, no-one now mentioned the words ‘community development’ in their analysis of an issue or approach to a problem. 

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