What does it mean to imagine Wales and “The Welsh” as something both distinct and inclusive?
For many people, Wales brings to mind the same old collection of images – if it’s not rugby, sheep and rolling hills, it’s the 3 Cs: castles, coal, and choirs. Heritage, mining and the church are indeed integral parts of Welsh culture. But what of the other stories that point us toward a Welsh future?
In Welsh (Plural), some of the foremost current Welsh writers offer imaginative, radical perspectives that take us beyond the clichés and binaries that so often shape thinking about Wales and Welshness.
Darren Chetty is a writer from Swansea. He is the author of What Is Masculinity? Why does it Matter? And Other Big Questions and How To Disagree: Negotiate Difference In A Divided World.
Grug Muse is a writer, editor and researcher from Dyffryn Nantlle. Her first poetry collection, Ar Ddisberod, was published by Barddas in 2017.
Hanan Issa is a writer, poet, and artist who lives and was raised in Cardiff. Her debut pamphlet My Body Can House Two Hearts was published by Burning Eye Books in 2019.
Iestyn Tyne is a writer and musician based in Caernarfon. He has published three volumes of poetry and is the National Eisteddfod’s poet in residence.
“A smart and timely exploration of Welshness and the role of identity in shaping our politics and potential for solidarity.”
“Nourishing and enlightening.”
“Full of insight and perspectives we can all learn from. This is an essential collection in understanding the rich diversity of Welsh identities, plural.”
“Fascinating, thought provoking, poignant and powerful. A vital collection of essays exploring Welshness through a diverse and brilliant authorship. An absolute must read.”
“A fresh picture of what it means to be Welsh today. These essays ask the hard questions with thoughtfulness, urgency and endless wit. A detailed, entertaining exploration of identity.”
“Everyone with a stake in Wales’ future should read this collection of essays. Insightful, poetic, angry, informative – such a rich tapestry of voices. A wonderful book.”
“From its title onwards, Welsh (Plural) sets out to challenge outdated ideas of Welsh history, culture and identity and succeeds in its aim, its eclectic range of writers illuminating the tapestry of contemporary Wales.”
“This book arrives at an exciting and challenging time for Wales, a nation which continues to grapple with our own sense of social, linguistic, and historic identities. Taking on the mantle of cultural analysis from Raymond Williams, the book features a wide range of some of the most talented writers from Wales. Diverse and thought-provoking – and at times very funny – this is a book to treasure and share for generations to come.”
“A vessel for a generously abundant, gentle-spirited yet often insurrectionist plurality, whose welcome lack of inhibition combines with intellectual rigour from many of Wales’ most ground-breaking thinkers.”
“Entertaining, erudite, political, these essays will be a joy to anyone with an interest in our nation.”