Uncommon Ground: learning to read our landscape again

Recently I was presented with a beautiful gift – a book by Dominick Tyler called Uncommon Ground: A word-lover’s guide to the British landscape. The book is the product of a year that Tyler spent travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to photograph specific features of the natural world. Realising how limited was … Continue reading Uncommon Ground: learning to read our landscape again

Visions of the Valleys: Kim Howells on art from South Wales

In an excellent film on BBC 4 last night, Visions of the Valleys, Kim Howells looked at how artists have responded to the natural splendour and industrial landscape of the Welsh valleys, and to the lives of those who have lived and worked in their mining communities. Kim Howells was a familiar figure on the left to those … Continue reading Visions of the Valleys: Kim Howells on art from South Wales

John Knapp-Fisher: poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting

John Knapp-Fisher I was saddened to read of the death this week of the poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting, John Knapp-Fisher.  He was one of the few artists I have shaken by the hand, the result of having sought him out at his small roadside studio and gallery at Croesgoch on the road to St David’s in 2011. Then, … Continue reading John Knapp-Fisher: poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting

Under Milk Wood: from where you are, you can hear their dreams

When Under Milk Wood was first performed in New York in 1953, Dylan Thomas advised the cast to ‘love the words, love the words.’  The other night we went along to the Playhouse to see the Clwyd Theatre Cymru production of this ‘play for voices’ – now touring the country to mark the 60th anniversary of its first radio … Continue reading Under Milk Wood: from where you are, you can hear their dreams