The Little Book of Welsh Culture

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This is a fast-paced, fact-filled journey through the cultural heritage of Wales, exploring the rich history of its literature, festivals, performing arts, visual arts, and music, and unearthing some fascinating secrets and hidden gems along the way. Crammed full of myths, traditions, birthplaces, and personalities, experience the country’s immense artistic legacy as never before, from the medieval legends surrounding King Arthur to its modern-day transformation into a thriving filming location for big-screen blockbusters. Discover the truth behind the ancient druidic rituals of the Eisteddfod, separate the facts from the fiction that surround Dylan Thomas’ infamous lifestyle, and learn how Wales successfully regenerated the Doctor Who franchise.


Mark Rees is the arts writer for Wales’ largest selling newspaper, the South Wales Evening Post ,and also writes for several leading magazines and weekly titles, including Swansea Life. Outside of print, he is a member of the Wales Theatre Awards judging panel, hosts a monthly arts show on local radio, has presented three documentaries on Welsh culture and, as a fluent Welsh language speaker, plays an active role at the National Eisteddfod. He lives in Port Talbot.