‘Dispatch from Aberystwyth’

‘This spying trip so far a great success’

Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Welsh Espionage III, Dispatch from Aberystwyth’, Chaotic Angels, p. 42.

I’m currently in the North Reading Room of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth as part of my AHRC-funded study visit. The building itself is mighty imposing, revealed behind a field of sheep after a steep climb.

While I’m here I’m using the periodicals that have articles and book reviews about Lewis’ work and interviews with her. There are also some multimedia materials (often recorded off BBC Wales, where Lewis worked) and books on more general poetic and Welsh themes.

Some of the reading has already proved useful – especially for the remaining two chapters. One article too offered a reading of ‘Welsh Espionage V’ that is much more convincing than anything else I’ve read so far, and which connects with the reading I’ve already completed in my first chapter. In the re-draft I’ll be sure to make reference to it.

The fish and chips aren’t bad either.

‘I know too little and still feel too much

to be able to make a full report.

Project needs more research. Will keep in touch.’

Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Welsh Espionage III, Dispatch from Aberystwyth’, Chaotic Angels, p. 42.

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