Welsh Journal

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Seren Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
Pastoral journal of poet and lecturer Jeremy Hooker's time as an Englishman abroad in Welsh-speaking Aberystwyth during the nineteen seventies. Includes several poems written during the period. Poet Jeremy Hooker recalls his time in the seventies as an English lecturer (in both senses) at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. Life in a cottage in rural Llangwyryfon -- including the arrival of his two children -- is contrasted with Hooker's inability to enter fully into the Welsh-speaking community. Delight in his closeness to nature -- beautifully expressed in the book -- sits alongside his outsider status. A practising poet stimulated by his new, rural, surroundings, he must also explore the culture of his new home. Welsh Journal is a voyage of discovery, personal, professional and as a writer. It is also an important record of life in a certain part of Britain during the seventies.

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About the author (2001)

Hooker is a poet and critic who has made a special contribution to the "poetry of place". He is the author of ten collections of poetry. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Glamorgan and president of the Richard Jefferies Society.

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