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At the Source: A Writer's Year

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Fusing poetry, memoir, and nature writing, this evocative prose collection conducts a literary exploration of place and language. Reflecting upon the geography, history, and mythology of Wales, the verse delves into the sources of both Welsh and English dialects while incorporating essays and journal extracts, creating a seasonal portrait of the beloved Welsh landscape. Fr ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published October 1st 1999)
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Nicola Brown
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gillian Clarke writes mainly about her smallholding in rural Wales, and her life as a writer; but I particularly enjoyed her recollections of her childhood and young adulthood in Cardiff, where I too was also brought up. Lovely descriptions of the civic centre with its avenues of Elm trees before they were laid low by Dutch Elm disease. Altogether a very interesting and insightful read.
Elizabeth Fredericks
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a bit of a mishmash of material, but the meditative, contemplative tone is easy to fall into. The latter half, focusing on a year on her farm in rural Ceredigion, is especially lovely. Read for research, and the second half was of limited utility but considerable pleasure.
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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There is a gentle and sensitive pace to Gillian Clarke's writing and her poetic background is ever present in this look at her year. Balm.
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Gillian Clarke (b. 1937) is one of the central figures in contemporary Welsh poetry, the third to take up the post of National Poet of Wales. Her own poems have achieved widespread critical and popular acclaim (her Selected Poems has gone through seven printings and her work is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain) but she has also made her cultural mark through her inspirationa ...more
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