On the panel reviewing a terrific roster of films: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED BBC Radio Wales 9am, 9th December
Television: BBC 4 The Story of Wales Repeat Screening Tuesdays from 6th November, 8pm, 6 x 60 mins. 2 BAFTA Cymru Awards – Best Presenter: Huw Edwards. Gwyn A Williams Award: Outstanding Contribution to History Programming
My blog is selected by National Library of Wales to join the UK Web Archive “a cross section of UK Web logs containing a wealth of material which will be of value to researchers now and in the future”
A City Burning, a collection of 24 short stories, set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy. Seeking publication. Completed with the support of a Writer’s Bursary, 2017 from Literature Wales and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.
Thorn House, a novel in progress, set in rural Northern Ireland supported by a S.I.A.P. award 2017/18 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Writing Psychology from Place, Cardiff Book Festival, 10th September
Short stories: The Road, The New Welsh Reader #117; Runner, The Honest Ulsterman; The Sea Hospital & Face To Face, Horla Horror; Above It All, The Lonely Crowd; Safety First, Coasteering & All Through The Night shortlisted for the Write By The Sea Award.
All Through The Night, (Crannóg); nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019 ‘the most honoured literary project in America’).
Poetry: 2018 Easter (Apr), View-finder (Feb), Shoot (Dec)The Bangor Literary Journal; Aftermath 2 & An Irish Merchant Seaman, The Open Ear (Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry); This, & This Too, The Honest Ulsterman; Admission, Infinite Rust. 2019 : A Northern Irish Wife, The North (Irish issue); When The Saint Wavered & The Saint Sets Out, Bangor Literary Journal (Jan); imminent Two Autumns, The Ogham Stone 2019.
Analysis: Raising the Profile of Women Writers, Wales and N. Ireland, Wales Arts Review.
Journalism: Content with a Good Enough Peace; Helyntion Y Cymry/The Welsh and The Troubles, Northern Slant
Criticism: Gwyneth Lewis – Henaint / Old Age, a Double Pleasure in Welsh and English, Eborakon
Copy Editor: Reading the Book of Life, R. Obbard, New City Books
Review: The Woman in White – the Accessible and the Bland, Wales Arts Review
Reporting The Troubles: journalists tell their stories of the N Ireland conflict, Northern Slant. Poetry in Documentary: ‘Troubles – The Life After’, BBC 2, Wales Arts Review
Research Project: Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations
Friday 21st September 2018 is the United Nations Day of Peace on which a global invitation to a ‘cessation of hostilities’ is extended. I took this as the theme for Weekend Word.
‘Good Morning Wales’ programme, BBC Radio Wales with Felicity Evans and Wyre Davies.
With Nigel Ipinson-Fleming and, down the line, Peter Francis of Gladstone’s Library I had the fun job of helping review 3 of this year’s major films, hosted by Roy Jenkins, for All Things Considered:
The programme will be broadcast on Sunday 10th December at 9.03am and will be available afterwards at BBC podcasts
Weekend Word, BBC Radio Wales ahead of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.
The illustration is from a pro-Luther illustration of the alleged corruption of the Roman Catholic church of his day.
I first worked in radio for the BBC in Wales in 1981. I’m still learning. On the 2nd July 2017 on the Jamie Owen Show I learned: always have your opening prepared, no matter how informal the programme. The right blend of spontaneity and clarity flows more easily after that.
This show mixes recorded music, live performance, two guest commentators and two interviewees. The brief is weird and wonderful angles on the week’s news so, along with fellow commentator, comedian, Frank Honeybone, I enjoyed sharing some ‘couldn’t-make-it-up’ stories with listeners.
A stimulating day on May 10th for journalists and ‘believers’ which contained a sharing of professional expertise, a chance for encounter and a special training session on the use of Social Media and How to Write a Press Release . See my blog on the NUJ Training Wales site. [Images by @HirstPhotos]
Cardiff Media Summit 29 March 2017
My Intro and Conclusion plus Follow-ups. More on http://www.iwa.wales/click/
This Media Summit is being held on the day when Article 50 is triggered. Aimed at taking this country out of the EU, this will alter fundamentally the framework within which the UK is governed.
The referendum, like the election of Trump in the United States, raised major concerns about the quality of information put before the public, by both politicians and media. ‘fake news’ and ‘post-fact politics’. The founder of the internet, Tim Berners Lee, has gone public on his deep concerns at the capacity of big data companies to distort the democratic process.
These huge issues impact on us here in Wales. The media scenario is constantly developing and it’s going to get more complicated – which is one reason why the Institute of Welsh Affairs maintains a very necessary focus on media issues in Wales. The Audience, Viewers and Service Users are our prime concern. Continue reading Cardiff Media Summit – Top, Tail and Follow-ups