Fight and Flight

Essays on Ron Berry

Golygydd(ion): Georgia Burdett Sarah Morse

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Beirniadaeth Lenyddol

Cyfres: Writing Wales in English

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‘Ron Berry wrote with the pent-up ferocity of a pit explosion; and he jealously guarded the aggressive contrariness that energised his edgy talent. These pioneering essays take us to the heart of his prickly genius for capturing, with uncompromising honesty, that which was precious about his time, locality and vanishing community.’
-Professor M. Wynn Thomas, Swansea University

‘At last we have critical analyses which do justice to the complex, profound, immersive and vital work of one of our best, and most achingly underrated, novelists. Each of the contributors to this fascinating volume engages with the technical skills and structural, innovative intricacies of Berry’s body of work without ever neglecting its warmth and empathy.’
-Professor Niall Griffiths, Wolverhampton University

‘Ron Berry’s writing vividly animated the heyday and decline of the south Wales coalfield, and the lives set against its backdrop, with distinctive style, wit and authenticity. This book provides comprehensive and insightful coverage of a neglected but vital Welsh author.’
-Rhian E. Jones, writer and historian


Notes on Contributors
List of abbreviations
Ways Out: Ways In: Ways Back An Introduction
Barbara Prys-Williams, History is what you live: Ron Berry’s rumination on his conflicted life and times
Tony Brown, A Man’s World: The Short Fiction of Ron Berry
John Perrott Jenkins, Reading Hector Bebb: Masculinity and Mythic Paradigms in So Long, Hector Bebb (1970)
Daryl Leeworthy, The Full-Time Amateur: Sport in Ron Berry’s south-Walian Imagination
Georgia Burdett, ‘The Inadequates’: Ron Berry and Disability
Sarah Morse, ‘Green always comes back’: Ron Berry’s ecocentric writing
Tomos Owen, ‘Land of my Feathers’: Ron Berry and Niall Griffiths on the Wing
John Pikoulis, ‘Word-of-mouth cultures cease in cemeteries’

Cyflwyno'r Golygydd(ion)

Georgia Burdett

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Sarah Morse

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