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A Raid Over Berlin, BBC The One Show, bestseller, news, Second World War, Survival Story, WWII -

A Raid Over Berlin becomes an overnight bestseller after last night's BBC The One Show Feature and flies to Amazon No 1!‘I could see that still no one had been able to get out from the cockpit. It must have been at this moment that I thought I was going to die because I became remarkably calm’.Buy A Raid Over Berlin from our online store Trapped inside a burning Lancaster bomber, 20,000 feet above Berlin, airman John Martin consigned himself to his fate and turned his thoughts to his fiancée back home. In a miraculous turn of events, however, the twenty-one...

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Criticism, Opinion, poetry, Rose Tremain, Salacia, Think piece -

Mari Ellis Dunning takes a look at why contemporary poetry is not in a rotten state, as suggested by novelist Rose Tremain last week.

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GCSE, Library of Wales, Poetry, Teaching -

The Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) recently chose 15 poems from The Library of Wales anthology, Poetry: 1900 - 2000 for the 2020 GCSE in English Literature component on Welsh Writing in English. This exciting news was shared on Swansea University website where Teachers can also find resources on each of the poems.

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Events, News, Parthian Books -

A great launch for Labour Country at Octavo's, Cardiff Bay last night. Thanks to all who came and had us running around for chairs, and the wonderful talk between Dai Smith and Daryl Leeworthy. £20 for a perfect hardback festive gift from our popular new Modern Wales series. If you missed them, get to the Redhouse, Methyr Tydfill for the second launch at 11am this Saturday 17 November. Thanks to the artist Kevin Sinnott for the cover artwork and to Peter Finch for the featured image of Daryl (left) and Dai (right) from the night. The Modern Wales series is...

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Cardiff, Football, lloyd robson, new york, nick fisk, the blues are back in town, writers on tour, writing -

I think it was about 9.30am when we arrived at The Football Factory, the venue where we’d be meeting up with fellow members of the NY Bluebirds, to watch the match, and then for me to do a little launch afterwards.

Bar manager Jack was a friendly guy and insisted on the first drinks being on him. I ordered some pancakes, and these arrived in time for the kick off of the Liverpool v Cardiff match and were quite tasty. Other members of the NY Bluebirds started arriving and Lloyd introduced me to them all. They were all much younger than I’d imagined. Don’t know why, but I think when Lloyd had told me in advance that most of them were married with kids, I’d pictured them being older.

We were also joined by a couple of Middlesbrough fans who’d watched the match that had been on before ours (God knows what time they’d have had to get up for their game). It wasn’t looking very likely that we were going to get much out of this game, especially after Mo Salah got the early opening goal. However, people mostly remained in good spirits, and at half time, I was introduced to a NY Bluebird ritual.

They have a copy of Craig Bellamy’s autobiography, which is signed by all kinds of people who have ever visited the bar, Cardiff fans, and I think, also some fans of other clubs. The ritual involves somebody, in this case, first of all, Luke, who was due to be moving back to the UK shortly, reading a paragraph from the book, while fellow fans kneel before the reader. The next thing, everyone launches into the following chant: “Bellamy! Bellamy! He plays for Cardiff City and he’s back in time for tea!” A bit bizarre, but enjoyable enough, and I was also encouraged to read a paragraph as a fledgling member of the group, to the same reception.

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