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Gathering Together on the Road to Freedom: Appleby Fair and the Police Act

As the Eisteddfod re-gathers in Tregaron, Frances Roberts Reilly draws on her ancestry to trace its connections with Romany Gypsy Traveller communities. She calls for solidarity with the people who attend another festival which has deep resonance for a minority culture: Appleby Horse Fair –interviewing key figures about why this event was the launch of a ‘summer of discontent’ against a Police Act that will criminalise a 500-year-old nomadic heritage.

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Breathing Freely: How Can Activists Unify Their Movements Again?

In a series that proposes how society could change in response to Covid-19, Ffred Ffransis draws on his activist experience to discuss how movements could move beyond online ‘call-out culture’ to honour the interconnectivity of our struggles in the spirit of peace, justice and chwyldro.

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Covid and the Coalfields~: Wales and Appalachia

Chris Saville & Daniel Thomas introduce their research findings from a British Academy project on the coalfield communities of Wales and Appalachia. They present the social and political arguments why these areas are so acutely affected by Covid-19, and propose what policy-makers need to do to prevent this from happening again.

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‘It pierced my heart in the opening paragraphs’: A New Foreword to Sugar and Slate

We are delighted to announce that Parthian Books and Planet are re-publishing Charlotte Williams’ ground-breaking title Sugar and Slate as a co-publication as part of the Library of Wales series. We are very grateful to Hazel V. Carby for the opportunity to publish her Foreword to this ‘insurgent text’ here.

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