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Coastline: An Anthology of the Welsh Coast

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  • Publication February 2006
  • Edited by Dewi Roberts
  • Format: Paperback, 181x123 mm, 208 pages

An anthology of poetry and prose linked to the entire Welsh coastline comprising 118 poems and essays in English inspired by the beauty and harshness of the coastline or with the coastline as the backdrop for the writings, with some translations of material originally written in Welsh.

Gwales Review
Dewi Roberts has produced a charming anthology of prose and poetry all related to the seas and coastal areas of Wales, with an Foreword by Mike Parker. Starting at Mostyn in Flintshire, he follows the coastline along North Wales. It was surprising to find in Hester Thrale’s poem that there are at least nine rhymes for Prestatyn; that Charles Dickens wrote of the wreck of the Royal Charter, an Australian trader and passenger ship off the coast of Anglesey; that Robert Graves’s creepy poem ‘A Welsh incident’ is sited in Criccieth; and to learn that Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote ‘Penmaen Pool’ in the visitors’ book at the Inn.

Moving around the coast past the Dovey Estuary and Ceredigion we are entertained by essays such as that on ‘The Flooding of Cantre’r Gwaelod’ from Thomas Love Peacock’s The Misfortunes of Elphin, poems by Bobi Jones, translated by Joseph Clancy, and a not very flattering description of Aberystwyth by Gwyn Thomas. Dylan Thomas’s Llaregyb from Under Milk Wood is firmly located in Newquay by Francesca Rhydderch and Sam Adams recalls mackerel fishing in 'Gwbert'.

The beauty of the coastline of Pembrokeshire is noted by the number of poems and articles included, written by many eminent poets and writers including Hilaire Belloc, Robert Nisbet and Raymond Garlick, and Augustus John records ‘A Tenby Childhood’.

There follows poems and articles around the South Wales coast. One very enjoyable entry is Francis Kilvert’s ‘A Walk by the Sea’ walking from Mumbles over towards Caswell Bay and Langland. The industrial areas of Port Talbot and Cardiff, and the Severn Estuary, bring our tour of the Welsh coast to a delightful end.

This carefully compiled anthology gives us an opportunity to sample the writings of many poets and writers and possibly go on to read more of their works. It is also a book which can be dipped in to if you are visiting a new area of Wales, or just for pure enjoyment.

Beryl Thomas