On 17 September 2022 we celebrated Planet’s 50th anniversary – a fundraiser event postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. In the Edwardian music hall splendour of Ceredigion Museum we hosted a panel discussion, poetry readings, a discussion with editors past and present, live music and an exhibit on our history, including contemporary collages responding to our archive by artist Llinos Anwyl, and the demonstration of a prototype of a new online geocoded Planet index by Lloyd Roderick and Mike Jones. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed: including our MC Mike Parker, our panellists, poets and musicians Mabli Siriol Jones, Hussein Said, Daniel G. Williams, Dan Evans, Ned Thomas, John Barnie, Helle Michelsen, Menna Elfyn, Eric Ngalle Charles, Mike Jenkins, Katell Keineg and Owen Shiers (Cynefin). Many thanks too to our technicians Huw Evans, Berian Elias and Maldwyn Pryse, the Museum, and to the Books Council of Wales and the late John D. Pickles for a Small Marketing Activities Grant and bequest which helped fund the event.
We planned the event to focus as much on the present and future as on the past, so in this spirit we wanted our panel discussion themed around ‘Wales in the world in 2022’. In this video our panellists addressed the topics below.
You can also watch editors past and present in conversation with Mike Parker here.
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In 2020, Planet celebrated 50 years as Wales' liveliest cultural and political periodical. Watch this video of founding editor Ned Thomas and current editor Emily Trahair in conversation with author Mike Parker at this event from December 2020 to see what's changed, what hasn't, and why a publication subtitled 'The Welsh Internationalist' is needed now more than ever.
This summer we asked Llinos Anwyl if they would like to create three collages in response to Planet’s archive to display at our 50th anniversary celebration this September.
An email exchange between our current editor Emily Trahair and our founding editor Ned Thomas to mark 50 years since the launch of Planet.
O’r Pedwar Gwynt editor Sioned Puw Rowlands in conversation with former Planet editors John Barnie and Helle Michelsen. How has the experience of publishing Welsh magazines evolved over the last thirty years?