Frank Vickery (1951-2018)

Frank Vickery, who died in June, was that rarity in contemporary Welsh life: an authentic national figure who never compromised his Welsh concerns and interests to garner English/British approval. As …

Meic Stephens (1938-2018)

I only have to glance at my bookshelves to grasp the scale of the loss following the death of Meic Stephens in July. As anthologist, compiler, literary editor, translator and …

Rhodri Morgan (1939-2017)

Everybody knew him as Rhodri. You couldn’t help but like him. For me it was his quick mind, suffering fools gladly with amused exasperation; his silver-tongued articulacy, galloping ahead regardless, …

Deke Leonard (1944-2017)

Deke is dead. I am inconsolable. Press play, turn the volume to maximum, spark up and read on:   Deke Leonard was a great Welshman. If only a lot more Welsh people …

Howard Marks (1945-2016)

What a life! Now that Howard Marks has ambled off to Hemp Heaven, one can only marvel at the sheer breadth, depth and weight of the incredible experiences he crammed into …