The Real series of alternative handbooks, histories and guides to the conurbations of
Bloomsbury is that region of
What I did find, specialist bookshops aside, was something we don’t see that much of in
Back home the Rhys Davies Trust has been putting up plaques to the literary eminent for decades. John Tripp, Leslie Norris, Glyn Jones, Brenda Chamberlain, John Ormond, R S Thomas are all celebrated. More men than women but that’s the shape to which Welsh writing once conformed. But it’s slow progress. The unsubstantiated fear is that a plaque on the house will attract visiting hoards who will come to stare and trample on the tulips. As a nation we should be more welcoming.
To promote our native plaques – and despite what I’ve said there are still a fair number – visitors can use the Academi’s new interactive plaque finder web site at www.academi.org. There are also free of celebratory black and white postcards. Series one has sixteen cards showing some of our greatest including John Tripp, Roland Mathias, Raymond Williams, Brenda Chamberlain, Emyr Humphries, T H Jones, Jack Jones, Leslie Norris, and R S.
Sets are free and can be obtained by sending a large stamped addressed envelop to the Academi, 3rd floor, Mount Stuart House,
An earlier version of this posting appeared as The Insider in the Western Mail of Saturday July 10, 2010. #155