Elan Calls: A Creative Companion Guide to The Valley – Paperback


A creative guide to explore Elan Valley and think about history, nature and people.

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Completed as part of the Elan Links artist residency in rural Wales 2018, this book is a creative and psychogeographic exploration of the Elan Valley. It was created through conversations with the landscape, its history and the people who live there: farmers, rangers, walkers, and the residents of Rhayader. Each location has been chosen to reflect the memories and stories shared through dialogues with residents. Following in the Welsh oral tradition, the stories are meant to be read aloud to your walking companion. The book is not your traditional guide but rather an invitation to explore the valley in a creative way, while enjoying drawings, stories, and metaphors that bring the landscape to life before your eyes.

Available in English and Welsh.

‘Re enchants and deepens the reader’s relationship to the landscape, with a playful, moving, insightful and beautiful journey into this ancient Valley’ – Cath Allan, Chair of Trustees, CARAD Community Arts Rhayader And District, Rhayader Museum and Gallery.

‘History, nature, hardship and soul blended perfectly together with an element of fun. Pop this in your pocket, open your mind, see and touch something beyond the landscape in front of you today.’ – Jenny Phillips, Former Head Ranger, Elan Visitor Centre.