Language: English

Illustrated by: David Pearl

ISBN: 9781848510524

Current Publication Date: 2009

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 144

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Two of Wales's leading artists - poet and prose writer Nigel Jenkins and photographer David Pearl - join forces to produce a unique portrait in word and image of the Gower peninsula, designated Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nigel Jenkins's nuanced series of essays begins and ends with an excavation of his own roots in this layered land. Commemorating an age-old agricultural tradition that tied generations to the soil, he also explores the social and cultural forces that changed life on the peninsula for ever.

Jenkins adopts the long perspectives that reveal Gower's 'deep history', from the 30,000-year-old bones of 'The Red Lady' of Paviland and medieval castles to the area's more recent but largely forgotten industrial history and the lifeblood of present-day tourism. Against the background of an ever-changing landscape, the book presents compelling Gower characters such as the Romany Mrs Hearn and the traction-engine maestro Willy Harry.

Prose and poetry combine in celebratory dialogue with stunning original photography in this deeply informed portrait of an eternally fascinating corner of Wales