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Art: Freedom as Duty

We are delighted to publish this recording of an extraordinary lecture by Raymond Williams. The lecture was organised by the Extra-Mural Department at UCW Aberystwyth in collaboration with the Welsh Arts Council, and was held in 1978 at Gregynog Hall. Williams re-delivered this lecture by memory (without notes) at home, which is what is recorded here. Image: Williams at Saffron Walden.

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Welsh Keywords

Welsh Keywords

Since 2010, almost every issue of Planet has featured an article in our Welsh Keywords series. This series is directly inspired by Williams’ seminal Keywords, and offers radical, creative perspectives on words in Welsh, and the values and ‘structures of feeling’ they produce today, by authors including Menna Elfyn, Mererid Hopwood, Tony Bianchi, Ned Thomas, Jane Aaron, Manon Steffan Ros, Daniel G. Williams, Simon Brooks, Sara Huws and Grug Muse.

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Planet issue 243

Raymond Williams scholar Shintaro Kono on why the work of Williams has particular resonance in Japan, drawing on his experience as a rural ‘scholarship boy’ at the University of Tokyo. He traces the contrasts and similarities between Japan and Wales in terms of class, nationhood and neoliberalisation...

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Planet issue 243

Clare Davies details the resonance of Williams’ life and work in pandemic-era Wales. She highlights Williams’ exploration of how everyday personal tragedy can transform into a revitalised sense of humanity and drive for social change; and how Welsh intellectuals can commit to this struggle.

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Planet issue 241

Selwyn Williams draws on Raymond Williams’ socialist vision and inspiration from the Swedish Rural Parliament to introduce new proposals for a ‘Community Movement Cymru’ and a Parliament of the Communities, building on the grassroots success of Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog.

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Planet issue 241

In a collaborative article with Russell Todd, Tim Hartley sets out the vision for Expo’r Wal Goch in advance of its launch this year. This aims to become a diverse, progressive, politicised expression of working-class football fandom, channelling the spirit of Raymond Williams’ democratic definition of culture.

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Planet issue 238

Kieron Smith examines the often-subtle neoliberal agenda behind much Welsh Government culture policy, scrutinising the Arts Council of Wales and the newly created Creative Wales. How can the state enable culture to flourish freely and fully in a Covid-19 era?

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Planet issue 237

Steven Lovatt draws on Raymond Williams to describe England’s material, spiritual and ecological malaise, and how he and his Hungarian partner felt compelled to cross the border. Why does the Welsh independence movement feel more inclusive than the nationalism of his home country and Hungary?

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Planet issue 231

Frances Williams evokes contrasting atmospheres in two Bangor cafés across the road from each other, and how this kindles ideas about Welshness, womanhood, culture and resistance, drawing on Raymond Williams, Pierre Bourdieu and memories of her grandmother’s mischievousness.

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In 2009 we published an in-depth email exchange on the contemporary resonance of Raymond Williams between three Welsh intellectuals from a variety of political backgrounds and generations, who have all been profoundly influenced by Williams’ work: Dai Smith, Ned Thomas and Daniel G. Williams.

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Planet issue 195

In 2008 we published a review article by Ned Thomas on Dai Smith’s biographical study Raymond Williams: a Warrior’s Tale.

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Planet issue 168

Raymond Williams daughter Merryn Williams gives an in-depth tribute to her father.

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Planet issue 68

This lecture by Raymond Williams was organised by the Extra-Mural Department at UCW Aberystwyth in collaboration with the Welsh Arts Council, and was held in 1978 at Gregynog Hall. It features an introduction by Ned Thomas.

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Planet issue 65

This in-depth interview between Abergavenny poet (and former Planet editor) John Barnie and Raymond Williams took place shortly before Williams passed away. This issue is no longer in stock, but can be read in many public and university libraries across Wales.

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“In a time of Brexit, when Wales’ political future is uncertain, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist could not be more needed. Placing Wales – its thinkers, artists, and social reformers – on a world stage, Planet makes connections between Wales and other countries, seeking to inspire, enrich, and develop projects at home … A record of Welsh life, and advocate for the Welsh environment and communities, Planet also speaks to Cymraeg, for example in its illuminating keywords series, which explores the provenance and significance of specific Welsh words. Ultimately, it is a vehicle for the legacy of Wales’ greatest thinkers and reformers from Raymond Williams to Aneurin Bevan.” - Zoë Brigley
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Would you like to read additional Raymond Williams resources and hear more about Raymond Williams centenary events? CREW (The Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales at Swansea University) are hosting a number of Raymond Williams centenary symposia, and have gathered together more Williams material in a new website. Click here for more information.