Illuminations: An Anthology of Welsh Short Prose

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her. The lad was never seen again, but the old folk used to say that his voice was sometimes to be' heard singing to his wife, like the bells of Cantre'r Gwaelod, 4 deep beneath the waters. Having been used to believing that it was the lure of mermaids' singing that drew poor sailors to their watery graves, it seemed to me that there was somehow a hint of truth in the Zennor story that had turned the temptation on its head. As I came out of the church and looked about me at the quiet hollow and the cluster of ancient houses that huddled there, and then towards the inviting blue sea that filled the far horizon, I could almost have believed that every kind of magic and fantasy was a daily possibility in Cornwall.

Gwannyn yn y Ddinas ( Gwasg Gee, 1975)


Hi-ho!

Urien Wiliam

I'm old enough now to be able to begin cherishing my memories, and, to bring them to mind with a delicious feeling of nostalgia. And in living them over again I sometimes find myself following a pattern' or sequence of images that are connected in some way or. another. One of these came back to me vividly the other evening in Llandrindod, 1, through which I happened to be passing on a short holiday with my family.

The very name of the place, Llandrindod, brings back a host of memories from the days of my childhood. An aunt of mine had lived there for quite a long while and I used to spend many a happy week in her home being pampered in all sorts of ways, wandering through the parks or practising what passed for rowing on the lake, chasing after the red squirrels that swarmed in those days in the wood near the lake, or taking the tasteless waters of the Pump Room, 1 where to this day the glass that was used by some prince or other in 1910 can still be seen.

But as far as I know, there's no place in these particular memories for caravans.

Nor do they figure in my recollection of the other holidays I spent with other aunts and uncles, and since not even one of them lived in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • The Village School 1
  • Fear of the Sea 7
  • A Windy Night 9
  • The Late Lemuel Parry, Esq., J.P., O.B.E. 12
  • On Drowning a Cat 18
  • The House Across the Way 21
  • Weobley and St. Emilion 25
  • The Man in the Street 28
  • Old Dent 31
  • On Collecting Roads 34
  • 'their Land They Shall Lose' 42
  • The Red Flag 46
  • Strolling Players 50
  • One Sunday Afternoon 57
  • Salem 61
  • A Trip to the Circus 63
  • Thoughts on Coronation Day, 1953 68
  • From the Pulpit 72
  • How to Choose and Treat a Wife 77
  • To the Mountain 83
  • The Imperative Upon Me 88
  • Disenchantment 92
  • The Hiring Fair 94
  • The Man at Chapel House 97
  • Question and Answer 102
  • The Little Llandeilo Boots 105
  • My Last Day in Prison 108
  • A Discovery 118
  • A Land of Romance 121
  • Hi-Ho! 129
  • Ancestors 133
  • While Shaving 138
  • Of Time and Distance 141
  • A Methodist Deacon's Advice 146
  • Of Violets and Bells 148
  • Remembering Mrs Newbould 151
  • Good Morning, Lloyd 156
  • In Modesty and Trembling 162
  • Christmasn in the Valley 166
  • On Stammering 169
  • Butlins 172
  • A Millionaire 176
  • A Scene from Military Life 178
  • An Exile 180
  • The Fox Under Glass 183
  • A Doctor's Medicine 186
  • The Little Huts 189
  • Three Heads 191
  • On Memory 198
  • Uncle John's Boots 202
  • The Fur Coat 207
  • An Holy Kiss 214
  • Notes on Authors and Texts 217
  • Acknowledgements 238
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