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    Ceri Shaw

    A Message From North Wales


    Hi from North Wales I hope that you’re all keeping safe and well. I’ve got a special offer to share with you – perfect for a few enjoyable hours. Audible have given me codes that allow FREE downloads of the audio version of my Inspector Drake novels. The great thing is that you DON’T need to have a subscription to Audible to enjoy the audio books. I only have a LIMITED number of codes and they are only for the US and the UK so if you’re in Canada or Australia or elsewhere my apologies. Some of you may have taken up the offer of codes for   Brass in Pocket   the 1 st   Inspector...

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    Deann recently joined AmeriCymru as A Fairy House Studio , where she creates unique, one-of-a-kind mixed media sculptures. AmeriCymru:  How would you describe what you do? Deann:  I make sculptural fairy houses from selected natural, botanical materials. Some of them include jewelry or small figurines or other things in them and they all include fairy lights. Each one is completely unique.  AmeriCymru:  How did you start making fairy houses? Deann: I’ve been an artist of some kind for most of my life. I was a dancer, a multimedia sculptor and I just like to make...

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    Youth Transatlantic partnership consolidated - despite Covid-19 A ground-breaking partnership to remind young people on both sides of the Atlantic of the lethal perils of racism will press ahead this winter despite the major challenges of lockdown. Urdd Gobaith Cymru (youth organisation in Wales, UK  (www.urdd.cymru/en ) and the students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have come together to create a virtual gospel choir to celebrate their new partnership and both Choirs will sing together in Welsh for the very first time! Wales, known as the land of...

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    Click here to read our interview with author David Jones Author David Jones is most insistent that this is a 'people' book. A brief perusal of the Contents list reveals how accurate his assessment is.  We are introduced to a cast of characters whose challenging and inspirational experiences are recounted in sections on Personal Histories, Family Histories and Covid-19 Heroes. Overall the book is a tribute to the small Welsh community of Cwmbwrla in Swansea and chronicles its response to the 2020 pandemic. There are also contributions from local artists and poets, and...

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    Click here to read our review of 'Circling the Square' ... BUY IT HERE AmeriCymru:  Hi David and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. Care to introduce the community of Cwmbwrla for our readers? Where in Wales is it and what is its history? David: Cwmbwrla is a district of Swansea, on the South Wales coast. It’s home to 8,000 people and has produced some of Wales’s most celebrated sporting figures and artists. In particular, it’s well known as the birthplace of John and Mel Charles, Ivor and Len Allchurch and Mel Nurse, five of Wales’s...

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    Can you possibly imagine, being no more than a child?To be pulled from your bed, and dragged off to work as you criedAt an age where all you want to do is playNot to be dragged down a coal mine, for a pittance of pay Used in seams so damp, wet and narrowWhere even the pit ponies wouldn’t goCrawling on your hands and knees, harnessed like an animalSoaking with sweat, clothes ripped to shreds. Is this natural? Or left all alone for hours on end, guarding the ventilation doors!Alone, for ten hours or more?In the darkness, silence and gloom, the time seems endlessThe cold, biting into the...

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    Ralph Jones

    The challenge ©R.K.Jones2193


    Sunday morning a day of solitude and creativityAlone but not alone, at home with my privacyI listen to a young woman’s voiceA rich mellifluous voice, in which many will rejoice I sit at my desk, filled with ineffable sadnessTrying to imagine people living in lonelinessPeople in a lonely uninhabited placeWhere you can see the sadness in their face The young woman’s lyrical, melodic tone tells of isolationOf people living in desperationPeople who have to live alone in seclusionSome mentally unstable, in a state of confusion Not seeing another person, since who knows whenWondering if they...

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    In 2020 the people of Cwmbwrla came together in the face of an unprecedented health crisis to put smiles on each other’s faced and food on each other’s tables. Neighbours became friends, and together they showed Swansea at its best. We believe their stories are worth telling, and contributors including Brynhyfryd-born Mal Pope, local author David Brayley, MP Carolyn Harris and Councillor Peter Black agree. “ Circling the Square: Cwmbwrla, Coronavirus and Community” tells the stories of individuals, families and groups whose acts of kindness and quiet courage have improved...

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