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Photography by Beth Evans, John Bulmer, Paper cutout by Emily England.

Introducing The Keep Issue 0

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.

Main Features

THE POTENT GREEN by Soma Ghosh

On the trail of The Green Man, Soma Ghosh walks and talks spiritedly with Nina Lyon, author of Uprooted, about creating “punk religion” and getting to grips with the “God-thing”.

photography by Beth Evans

BULMER: THE SIGNIFICANT MOMENT by John Bulmer

In a retrospective of his long career as a pioneer of photo-journalism, John Bulmer shows and tells how he brought colour and a new vision to the North of England.

photography by John Bulmer

ADDLANDS by Tom Bullough

Introducing an extract from his new novel, Addlands, set in the Edw Valley, Tom Bullough retrieves the loss of Radnorshire from its place in Welsh history and his own imagination.

photography by Finn Beales

UNDER THE TUMP by Oliver Balch

In an extract from his new book, Under the Tump, travel writer Oliver Balch makes the longest journey of all, homewards with his young family to the Welsh Marches.

Illustration by Joe McLaren

Owen Sheers

ON THE SEA’S LAND by Owen Sheers

The prologue to a suite of poems by Owen Sheers introduces a poetic coastline journey through the real, imagined and linguistic landscapes of Southern Gower.

Paper cutout by Emily England

Tumps

Tump: a small defensive hillock.

“Immediately opposite is a heavily wooded hillock, home hundreds of years ago to a defensive fort. Locals, we’d later learn, refer to it as the ‘castle tump’, or simply, ‘the tump’.”

Under the Tump, Oliver Balch

THE SILK BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR by Tracy Thursfield

In the body-confidence of threads sewn to fit herself, Katherine Sheers stitches up an independent career as a lingerie designer and as an artist in embroidery.


WHERE THE WESTBOURNE MEETS THE WYE by Duncan Fallowell

Welsh border street names in Notting Hill intrigue Duncan Fallowell who contrasts privileged urban preservation with the poly-despoliation of his rural Arcadia

THE BEST RESTAURANT IN A SMALL TOWN by Dylan Jones

Escaping the stress and status anxiety of ‘event dining’  in London, L.A. and New York, Dylan Jones relaxes in the quiet riverside pleasures of the best little restaurant in his world.

THE CHURCH OF MERTHYR ISSUI AT PATRICIO by Mark Harrell

On a pilgrimage to a little hermit church in the Black Mountains, Mark Harrell traces its architectural mercies and spiritual mysteries from medieval times to modern days.

RICH BOY, POOR BOY by Soma Ghosh

Escaping from schizo Herefords along Offa’s Dyke, Soma Ghosh falls in with ex-city teenage boys on the run from posh country boarding schools and rural rehab crisis centres.


EXILES & SANCTUARY by Ben Rawlence

Whether they seek political shelter in a Kenyan refugee camp, or religious sanctuary in a Black Mountains parish, Ben Rawlence learns their old lesson: “hope sustains the exiles”.


BORDERTOWN by Dix

To enter Bordertown “from off”, strangers have to leave their trousers with Squid, the Gatekeeper. Dix patrols the border on a mobility scooter. With vegetables.

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