This Foul Earth

An oral history of Wales, as recorded by the Welsh Life Institute.

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The interview subjects were encouraged to speak freely about their life experiences, so that the country's contemporary voice could be preserved for future generations. However, at the end of each int...
July 18, 2021
August 23rd, 2019 - Natalie, a university lecturer and museum worker currently living in Newport, speaks about her arrival in Wales. Title announcement by Cliff Cumber. Music written and performed by ...
July 11, 2021
June 1st, 2019 - Peter Powell (39, Tonyrefail), a fourth generation horse trainer, speaks about his visionary mother's new approach to showjumping, and the tragic downfall of horse sports in Wales in ...
July 4, 2021
September 2nd, 2019 - The Welsh Life Institute interviews warehouse supervisor and gymnasium proprietor Colin Jones (53, Pentyrch). A former fixer in South Wales' illegal rave scene, Jones tells the s...
June 27, 2021
May 1st, 2019 - Independent electrician Lloyd Barton (36, Prestatyn) recalls his most memorable callout; a plug installation at a shipping container on a hillside in North Wales. Title announcement by...
June 20, 2021
June 6th, 2019 - Veteran car dealer Stewart Cleary (54, Abergavenny) details the little-known challenges of operating a used car business. Title introduction by Cliff Cumber. Music written and perform...
June 13, 2021
Over the course of the project, the interview subjects were given free reign to speak about whatever they wished. However, all subjects were asked - at the end of their interviews - the same question;...
March 7, 2021
July 3rd, 2019 - Gravedigger Owen Morgan (58, Hendy) gives a brief history of grave digging in west Wales, and recounts the unusual case of Bryn Johnston.   Title introduction by Cliff Cumber. Music w...
February 28, 2021
August 15th, 2019 - Pub regular “Trevor” (location withheld at subject request) shares the story of how he came by his peculiar career.  Title introduction by Cliff Cumber. Music written and performed...
February 21, 2021
June 24th, 2019 - Unemployed former mail sorter Jim Morton (50, location withheld by request) shows the Welsh Life Institute around his formerly vibrant town, which was gutted in 1995 due to a well-me...
February 14, 2021

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