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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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The Association for Welsh Writing in English conference 2017

The Association for Welsh Writing in English conference, Gregynog, 12-14 May 2017 by Llion Wigley, Commissioning Editor for Welsh Language and Topics The Association of Welsh Writing in English annual conference is always a highlight of the academic calendar in Wales, more so than ever this year as the theme was multi-disciplinarity. This opened up what

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M. Wynn Thomas: a mapping of modern Wales

by M. Wynn Thomas, author of All That Is Wales: The Collected Essays of M. Wynn Thomas I still remember a car journey I made a quarter of century ago. Starting from Cardiff I skirted post-industrial Merthyr, marvelled at the bare majesty of the Beacons, wound my way through the verdant mid-Wales countryside, and ended in

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The Evolution of Medieval Romance in Iceland

by Marianne E. Kalinke, author of Stories Set Forth with Fair Words: The Evolution of Medieval Romance in Iceland Iceland’s unique contribution to medieval literature are the sagas, the thirteenth-century epics that fuse history and legend in a vernacular prose form. Concurrently, translations of more or less contemporary French literature, of courtly lays and romances and

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The Controversies of Entrancement

by Professor Ruth Finnegan, author of Entrancement: The consciousness of dreaming, music and the world, an edited volume on the study of imagination, death and shared consciousness. Dr Finnegan was the recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Rivers Memorial Medal in 2016. This book should never have been written. Let alone published. Well, so a

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New Director for University of Wales Press

The University of Wales is delighted to announce that Natalie Williams has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Wales Press. Born and bred in Cardiff, Natalie brings a great understanding of the publishing world to the role. Achieving a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Southampton,

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Female Gothic Histories

by Professor Diana Wallace, author of Female Gothic Histories Women’s historical fiction tends to attract a bad press. One very well-known television historian has rather sneeringly labelled it ‘history as Mills and Boon’.  Yet because women have traditionally been excluded from mainstream history – both as subjects and as writers – they have very often

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Lessons from the past? Government intervention in the Welsh economy, 1934 to 2006

by Dr Leon Gooberman, author of From Depression to Devolution: Economy and Government in Wales, 1934-2006 From Depression to Devolution: Economy and Government in Wales, 1934-2006 emerged from my interest in the ever-changing relationships between business and the state, and how these impacted on the economy of Wales. While the published history of Wales is

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20% off all our 2016 titles for Academic Book Week

To celebrate Academic Book Week we’ve taken 20% off all our 2016 titles – just use the code ABW17 on our website until the end of January. Last year featured another diverse list, including books on a range of academic and popular subjects. Here’s a small selection, with many more available across the site: Roald

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The Victorian Gentleman of Science

by Professor Iwan Rhys Morus, author of William Robert Grove: Victorian Gentleman of Science On 22 October 1842 the Swansea-born natural philosopher William Robert Grove sent a letter to Michael Faraday describing a new philosophical toy he’d been playing with in his laboratory at the London Institution. Grove called this experimental curiosity the gas battery.

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Academic Book Week 2017

On this grey January afternoon, Academic Book Week is sure to lift us out of the dark days of winter.  To pause to take stock, consider, and celebrate “what we do” all too often gets overlooked in the day to day graft by authors and publishers alike to write, publish and disseminate academic work. From

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