Patti Flynn (1937-2020)

All you need to know about contemporary Cardiff is encapsulated by the 2016 closure of the Butetown History & Arts Centre (BHAC) in Bute Street. Founded by African-American Glenn Jordan …

Sion Eirian (1954-2020)

Wales feels a poorer, diminished place following the death in June of playwright, poet, novelist and scriptwriter Siôn Eirian. We have been deprived not just of his multi-talented artistry and …

Janek Alexander (1958-2020)

Janek Alexander, who died in April following infection by coronavirus, made an immense, immeasurable contribution to the cultural life of Wales. During a 30-year career at Chapter in Canton he …

Paul Turner (1945-2019)

Film director Paul Turner, who died in November, belonged to a small, select and precious sub-strand within Welsh society: the intelligent, civilised English incomer who evolves into a passionately pro-independence …

Neil Sinclair (1944-2019)

One of Cardiff’s abiding characteristics, ever since the 1888 Local Government Act enabled the creation of the first elected borough council, is the reliably deplorable quality of its governance. Appalling …

Paul Flynn (1935-2019)

The death of Newport West MP Paul Flynn in February has left a gaping vacuum in the Labour Party in Wales. With his departure the Party’s last example of a …

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 …