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Peter Finch & Jon Gower – Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City


Discover the mysteries of Wales’ capital city with Peter Finch and Jon Gower in conversation, to celebrate the launch of Peter’s new book, Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City.

From lost rivers and vanished roads to the culinary odyssey of City Road, from the ornate Mahogany Room above Burger King to the new high-rise centre, let Peter Finch guide you through Cardiff ancient and modern, in its everyday and its outlandish glory.

Doors open: 18:30

Free event, all welcome – book to reserve your place.

About Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City:

This new book tracks the capital’s unparalleled expansion, the population boom, the unprecedented rush of new build, outwards, onwards, upwards, the new districts, the old ones, and the lost districts we never knew we had. In addition Peter Finch discovers the psychic centre, visits all 20 of the city’s stations, tours Rompney. Here are the last days of Dic Penderyn, a litany of rock and roll on Queen Street, the battle for the Vulcan pub, the lost mansions of the east, Roald Dahl in Radyr, the Lido at Llandaff, the Coast Path, and a journey round the city’s mosques, among many another strolls and diversions.

Jan Morris called Real Cardiff “one of the very best books about a city I have ever read” and in this latest book, Peter Finch has captured the essence of Cardiff again. This is vintage Finch, rolling with the city in the way that makes him its most acute – and funniest – commentator.

About Peter Finch:

Peter Finch is a poet, author and critic who lives in Cardiff. He is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff books, and series editor for the 'Real' series. His numerous poetry titles include Zen Cymru, Useful, Poems for Ghosts, Food and Selected Later Poems (Seren), Antibodies (Stride), and Vizet, a selected poems in Hungarian (Kronkét Könyvek). He writes the self-publishing section for A&C Black’s Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook. The new book can be sampled at https://realcardiffpeterfinch.blogspot.co.uk/. The author’s extensive website can be viewed at www.peterfinch.co.uk.

About Jon Gower:

A former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, Jon Gower is much in demand as a producer, presenter and public speaker, and indeed travels the world as an ambassador for the Hay Festival. A prolific author, his 2010 novel Uncharted received unstinting critical acclaim, whilst his An Island Called Smith won the John Morgan Travel award. His Welsh-language novel Y Storïwr won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2012. He grew up in Llanelli, graduated in English from Cambridge University, and now lives in Cardiff.

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