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June (48 posts)

  1. The lakes of Wales

    Friday 29 June 2012, 15:52

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    When we consider the geography of Wales we invariably think of hills and mountains. Yet Wales is also a country of lakes. They may not be huge or extensive, like those in Cumbria, but they are significant and they make up an important part of our topography.

    In total, the lakes of Wales occupy a surface...

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  2. Martin Amis: success, other people and the state of literature

    Friday 29 June 2012, 11:30

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Sometimes you could get the idea that Martin Amis is not the most popular man to have come out of Swansea.

    In the past few days, I've mentioned him to a writer, a publisher and a literary agent. In each case, you'd have thought we were discussing a particularly inventive serial killer.

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  3. Owen Sheers pens film noir thriller inspired by Dylan Thomas

    Friday 29 June 2012, 10:22

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    A film noir thriller by Welsh writer Owen Sheers, which takes its inspiration from Dylan Thomas' final visit to America in 1953 before his death, has been snapped up by a UK production company.

    Sheers' screenplay, entitled A Visit To America, has been acquired by the London and west Wales based Western...

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  4. A Saharan dusting

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 17:59

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    Temperatures at Hawarden in Flintshire reached 25C this afternoon - the warmest day of the month so far but it's going to turn cooler over the next 24 hours with more rain and showers on the way.

    Earlier today it felt very humid and some parts of the country were hit by torrential rain and thunderstorms...

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  5. It is finally nearly here!

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 17:56

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    Next week the BBC National Orchestra of Wales heads off to China! Typically, I am overexcited (and have been since it first appeared on our schedule). I love traveling, and Asia is a continent that I have long been keen to explore. That I get to play lovely music while I'm there is a bonus.

    But what...

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  6. Literature festivals in Wales this weekend

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 16:01

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Love literature? Love summer festivals? Well you're in for a treat this weekend as three different literary events are taking place in Wales.

    First up is the inaugural Dinefwr Literary Festival that takes place across the weekend in the picturesque setting of the National Trust's Dinefwr Park and Castle...

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  7. Pembrokeshire Tudor trader's house to open at St Fagans Museum

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 14:40

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    A small, late-medieval house from Haverfordwest is the latest building to be re-erected at St Fagans: National History Museum.

    The house will be officially opened to the public on Monday 2 July at 2pm. Visitors will be welcomed into the house, as re-enactors use traditional skills to cook the first...

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  8. "Rap is a cool thing" for telling Bible stories

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 12:31

    James McLaren James McLaren

    A Welsh-language musician, part of some of the scene's most well-known bands of the last decade, has released an album bringing Bible stories to life through rap.

    Ed Holden, who has performed as part of Pep Le Pew and Genod Droog, recorded six tracks with children from...

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  9. And now, the end is near...

    Wednesday 27 June 2012, 13:51

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    Saturday evening saw our final concert in Swansea with principal conductor, Thierry Fischer. The Brangwyn Hall was well filled to hear a virtual variety performance of a programme that included Argentinian pianist, Ingrid Fliter.

    Now, I don't normally like a big heavy meal before a concert (it makes...

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  10. The Exhibitionists and the National Museum Wales

    Wednesday 27 June 2012, 13:34

    BBC Wales Arts BBC Wales Arts

    A new series where the National Museum Wales challenges the public to create their own exhibition from its treasures begins tonight at 10pm on BBC Two Wales.

    David Anderson, director general at the museum, talks about the challenges the museum faced in taking part in the series, and what they hoped it...

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