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The Story of Wales on BBC FOUR

The BBC’s landmark history of the nation, presented by Huw Edwards is repeated on BBC FOUR from Tuesday 6th November at 8pm for 6 weeks.

I was Development Producer on  this once-in-a-generation project.

The series won 2 BAFTA Cymru Awards: Best Presenter for Huw Edwards and the Gwyn A. Williams Award for Outstanding Contribution to History Programming.

The Story of Wales

 

 

 

My work in 2018

TelevisionBBC 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: 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; imminent: A Northern Irish Wife, The North

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 EditorReading 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

Fiction in Wales and Northern Ireland http://culture.research.southwales.ac.uk/

The Ballymurphy Precedent

This documentary looks at the deaths of 11 civilians in Ballymurphy, Belfast in 1971 in the context of concerns about handling the legacy of the Troubles.

I was a teenager in the city at the time. My short story ‘The Road‘ in the current New Welsh Reader is set in Belfast in that year.

I’ll be chairing the Q & A session with Director, Callum Macrae at the BACTA Cymru screening, 6pm, Weds 8th August at Chapter Arts Centre.

Fe fydda i’n cadeirio sesiwn Holi ac Ateb BAFTA Cymru gyda’r cyfarwyddwr Callum Macrae ar yr 8fed o Awst am 6 yh yng Nghanolfan Chapter, Caerdydd.

See Victoria Cosstick in  Northern Slant on related documentaries and an acclaimed exhibition.

Stories of the Troubles: Silent Testimony and The Life After

 

The Hidden Story: Understanding Knowledge Exchange Partnerships within the Creative Economy

The Hidden Story: universities & knowledge exchange in the creative industries published its report on 4th December. There are many implications for Wales. As the report states:

‘The Creative Industries are a significant sector for the success of the UK economy contributing £87.4bn GVA in 2015 (DCMS). It is therefore important that we use the research funds allocated to university support for this sector (over £46 million in 2015) as effectively as possible. To do this, we must understand the distinctive nature of knowledge exchange relationships between universities and enterprises within this sector. ‘

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at USW was the main Case Study from Wales. Continue reading The Hidden Story: Understanding Knowledge Exchange Partnerships within the Creative Economy

TV Commissioning: Demand & Supply

For decades I have, without knowing it, been walking past the place where Broadcasting in Wales began. It launched on 13th February 1923  in the building that’s now a NISA store, opposite Cardiff Castle. I spotted the commemorative plaque only recently.

Mostyn Thomas sings ‘Dafydd Y Garreg Wen’ in the first BBC broadcast from Wales, 1923

Continue reading TV Commissioning: Demand & Supply

Media Students from Michigan State University in Cardiff

The Media Studies students of Michigan State University once again impressed me with their appetite for encountering the cultures of the British Isles. The university organises an impressive visit every summer for about 20 students on a variety of media-related degree courses. I’ve given them a class on documentary for the last 7 years with the kind collaboration of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Continue reading Media Students from Michigan State University in Cardiff