Photography by John Bulmer, Finn Beales, cover photography by Robert Wyatt, illustration by Joe McLaren.

Issue 0 – 2016

THE KEEP introduces itself with a special pilot issue dedicated to the genius of the Welsh Marches: to present the new work of contributors who have chosen to live in these age-old borderlands. Though they take inspiration from a unique spirit of place, the relevance of their work knows no borders.

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Sacred scripts

Sacred scripts


A beautiful short Film by Abdul-Rehman Malik about the inspired work of calligraphy artist Tashi Mannox.
Herefordshire Sourdough

Herefordshire Sourdough


You can eat the air: I don’t mean sucking in lungfulls, when striding with dogs on the quaggy crown of Credenhill.
Badass Books & Jihadi Jeopardy

Badass Books & Jihadi Jeopardy


The recent invasion of Timbuktu and destruction of its historical centre is appalling; the audacious rescue by academic activists of its intellectual heritage is amazing.
The Eye in the window

The Eye in the window


Since it first appeared in the window, the eye of The Keep has intrigued its observers, simultaneously looking at it and being looked at by it.
The jewellery of genocide

The jewellery of genocide


The history of borderlands is a history of bloodshed, of competing interests and of changing influences. It’s a history of how people interact, and fail to interact, at the margins of our small worlds, and is pockmarked with tales of victors and vanquished.
Glastonbury Uprooted

Glastonbury Uprooted


It's that time of the year, when thousands of hyped-up festival heads make their annual pilgrimage to a field in Somerset, to Glastonbury.
Ffynnon Ishow – the Holy Wells of Wales.

Ffynnon Ishow – the Holy Wells of Wales.


"Water", says Mark Harrell, "finds its way into churches. Always." He visits the ancient, healing holy well of Patricio Church and looks for votive offerings left by modern pilgrims.
School’s out at the Hay Festival

School’s out at the Hay Festival


They’re on site all day. Thousands of them. All suddenly over-stimulated by brilliant books, bright ideas, festival fun, ice cream and maybe the collective desire to hunt down Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and other great favourite writers for children.
How The Light Gets In

How The Light Gets In


We adore books but we also like to dabble in a little philosophy. How The Light Gets In is the cheeky sidekick to the Hay Book festival, with its own unique attractions.
New Life

New Life


I would like my art to be an authentic response that reflects life in its entirety, as a counter to our sanitised culture where darkness is hidden from view.
International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Winner

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Winner


On Saturday 14th May 2016, Max Porter was named as the winner of the 10th International Dylan Thomas Prize for his first book, 'Grief Is the Thing with Feathers'.
And I Shall Be Queen of the May

And I Shall Be Queen of the May


It is not every day that a woman is crowned May Queen. It was May Day, and I was in Avebury Stone Circle. One minute I was standing in a circle at the very polite invitation of a Wiccan high priestess and the next the high priest transformed himself into the Green Man looking for a bride.
John Bulmer exhibition: The Pembridge Series

John Bulmer exhibition: The Pembridge Series


In 1966, Bulmer was commissioned by The Sunday Times Magazine to make a colour photo study of a picturesque but living English village.
Death of an Idol: my Strangest Relationship

Death of an Idol: my Strangest Relationship


I wanted him to choose me. That was why I wore that silver shirt dress, rippling as I walked to my seat: a sophomore Bianca Jagger. Everyone thought Prince wanted sex but I had actually listened to him.
Purple, the Prince of Dyes

Purple, the Prince of Dyes


Dyeing fabric, wool and yarn with natural plants is a magical, or more accurately, an alchemical process.