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It's the centenary year of Dylan Thomas' birth and the arts events taking place in his memory are far too numerous to list. But one of the smaller scale productions touring Wales promises to cast a different glance at the great poet and writer.
Quite apart from Welsh-born writers, the list of authors who have Welsh connections is both long and distinguished. They range from Harriet Beecher Stowe, the doyen of emancipation and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin to the American humorist Ogden Nash and adventure writer Jack London who gave us The Call...
Wales has produced many fine artists over the years but none are more significant or impressive than the Swansea born painter Ceri Giraldus Richards.
It's Pancake Day and tonight the usual batter mixes will be adorning kitchen ceilings throughout Wales. But for a change why not try the traditional Welsh version known as crempog or 'ffroes' instead?
When he American beat poet Allen Ginsberg wrote his poem Wales Visitation during a visit to the Black Mountains in 1967, he intended it as a neo-romantic response o Wordsworth’s infamous Tintern Abbey.
Didn’t they have a lovely time… when Mongolian band Hanggai arrived in Bangor! A few years ago I presented a series on World Music for BBC Radio Cymru, called 'Beth yn y Byd!' (a play on words meaning What in the World!). During this amazing sonic journey I made friends with a wonderful contributor...
On the evening of 26 February 1942 the cream of Hollywood society – all the actors and directors, he technicians and movie moguls of the film industry, as well as many members of the press and general public - turned up at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to witness and take part in that year's Academy...
If you have never heard of the British Home Children (BHC) then prepare to be amazed by their story - a story that is soon o be told through the artwork of Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey.
Late last autumn while there was still a sun in the sky and warmth in the air, I paid a visit o one of the antique shops in Cardiff that sells World War One military memorabilia. Like a magpie I was drawn to the small shiny objects in the display cabinet and after much negotiation I walked away as the...
Hitchcock’s classic adaptation of John Buchan’s novel The 39 Steps is a favourite with many a film-buff. It was one of the original ‘man-on-the-run’ thrillers but in recent years a comic theatrical reworking of he film has proved popular in London’s West End and scooped several awards.
Tears in Rain, an exhibition of artwork exploring the social, cultural and health issues that surround conditions such as dementia, is running at The Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
Another two Atlantic storms hit Wales last week causing yet more damage and disruption. The Met Office issued a rare red warning last Wednesday, the first of its kind since January 2013.
Heavy rain and gale force winds expected
Yet another deep Atlantic low brought more heavy rain, showers and gales over the weekend. Exposed coasts and hills in the south and west bore the brunt of the severe gales.
A fair proportion of the country bled copiously from sports-related wounds on Saturday. I'm not unsympathetic. In fact, I'd like to hink that this week's show could offer succour and comfort to the injured and downcast. Music, you see, won't bash you about. It doesn't raise your expectations and...
Tonight, in the lovely acoustic of St David's Hall, we perform Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony with our principal conductor, Thomas Søndergård. I love playing and listening to Mahler's music, and this is my first Mahler Nine.
Just before Christmas I had a phone call from BBC Wales that went along the lines of… Producer: “Hi Chris, would you be interested in doing a funny archive programme to celebrate 50 years of BBC Cymru Wales?” Korkey: “Yes” Producer: “It’s an hour” Korkey: “Right. To cover 50 years...
If you ask Meirion Ginsberg what drives him to create his unique brand of surreal portraits, he will tell you it is not the story or narrative in the picture but the intrigue generated by each face he captures.
It struck me recently that I’ve been keeping statistical data about the music I play on my show for three years now. It is as geeky as it sounds, the product of a misspent youth and a BBC Micro but it also provides an interesting overview of what I have played on the show in that period.
To put it in the vernacular, the Welsh have always been portrayed as having ‘the gift of the gab.’ As someone knowingly, but confusingly, once said “the Welsh could talk for England.” Maybe, even though the metaphor is mixed and somewhat muddled.