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Library - Section 2

This section contains media featuring Raymond Williams and work by him

'Parry, R' by Raymond Williams (circa 1939) read by Russell Todd
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‘Parry, R.’ is a short story written by Raymond Williams when he was still in his teens, circa 1939. It remained unpublished until 2007 when Parthian Books in Aberteifi published it as part of the Library Of Wales series in an anthology of writing about Sport entitled simply Sport (ed. Gareth Williams; no. 11 in the series). It combines two of Russell’s passions: Raymond Williams and grassroots Welsh football, albeit a fictional team Brynarw FC who play in the North Monmouthshire League and get changed for their matches in a back room of The Half Moon pub.
The Library Of Wales series also includes Williams’s Border Country (no. 2), The Volunteers (no. 32) and another anthology inclusion, ‘The Writing On The Wall’ in Story vol.II (no.38).
‘Parry, R.’ is performed here with the permission of Parthian and the Williams family.

The Country and the City with kind permission of Mike Dibb

"An extremely dense translation to film of Raymond Williams’ 1973 book of the same title which traces images of ‘nature’ and ‘town’ through 200 years of English literature. The connections Williams establishes as he traces the history of Tatton Park near Manchester - ‘an almost perfect example of how the English country house has influenced if not dominated our images of the country’ - are often startling and the film’s style continually illuminates the overall argument. All of the details taken from writers, painters, landscape artists and from 19th and 20th history of major urban centres are placed within a framework of class-based economic history - ‘the country and the city are parts of an interacting system dominated by a single class’- and the result is a unique TV essay. Michael Dibb, the director, has worked well with Williams to ensure that every image, every snatch of sound-track plays its part in the structure."

Time Out Magazine

Art: Freedom as Duty

A lecture by Raymond Williams

Planet Magazine published  this recording of an extraordinary lecture by their former Patron Raymond Williams in celebration of his centenary. The lecture was organised by the Extra-Mural Department at UCW Aberystwyth in collaboration with the Welsh Arts Council, and was held in 1978 at Gregynog Hall.

Raymond Williams on John Ruskin with kind permission of Mike Dibb
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This is a 7 minute video part of which is an interview with Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams on William Morris with kind permission of Mike Dibb
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This is another 7 minute video part of which is an interview with Raymond Williams

Raymond Willaims Last Ever TV Interview 1988

Donated by Colin Thomas, who directed the film. The clip is originally from an HTV series he directed for Channel Four on "The Divided Kingdom". 

Books by Raymond Williams

Border Country - free pdf 

The Country and the City - preview and get it here

The Long Revolution - preview and get it here

The Volunteers - preview and get it here

Culture and Society - preview and get it here

May Day Manifesto - preview and get it here

Keywords - preview and get it here

Who speaks for Wales - preview and get it here

Culture is Ordinary - an essay by Williams - free pdf

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