A Bard for Highgrove

by: Meic Stephens

A Bard for Highgrove
Author: Meic Stephens

Publisher: Upfront Publishing

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Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 30 November 2010

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ISBN: 1844269345 ISBN 13: 9781844269341

A Bard for Highgrove by Meic Stephens

This 'likely story', at once provocative and percipient, but never bland, is partly a critique of the institution of monarchy and partly a satire on the culture and politics of contemporary Wales. Laying no claim to 'literary merit', but elegantly written, it will make some readers grin and get up the noses of others, in about equal measure. Top page

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When the Prince of Wales takes it into his head to appoint a Household Bard he hasn't reckoned on the delectable but subversive Cerys Gifford Huws, fine poet in the strict metres and staunch Nationalist, who tries to teach him Welsh and encourages him to make his Principate more truly reflective of the country from which he takes his title. Not only does he introduce Highgrove and Floomerwormwood, his little place down in Wales, to all things Welsh but insists on innovations like bilingual road-signs in England, Welsh on the syllabus of schools, a Welsh page in all the Sunday papers, and much more. For a while he is admired for his bold patriotism but eventually the English Establishment reacts and the monarchy falls into disrepute. By 2020, the Yookay having broken up after Scotland's secession, Cymru is an Autonomous Republic within the Celtic Confederation and ruled by a permanent green-red coalition. Charles has renounced his title and his claim to the throne, and gone to live quietly at Gregynog, where he has found contentment at last. With the death of his mother, and William's succession, the Windsors troop out on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and the sound of gunfire is heard echoing down the Mall. And all this happens because of a Welsh poet...This 'likely story', at once provocative and percipient, but never bland, is partly a critique of the institution of monarchy and partly a satire on the culture and politics of contemporary Wales. Laying no claim to 'literary merit' (the bane of so much of what is published in Wales nowadays), but elegantly written, it will make some readers grin and get up the noses of others, in about equal measure. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Upfront Publishing

City: Leicester

Pages: 137

More info: height 210 mm width 148 mm thickness 6 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

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