Britain is full of hidden wilderness. Our explorers and authors are forever rediscovering it. In recent years Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane and even Bear Grylls have searched the country for somewhere truly wild. Paul Binding finds it in the Berwyn Mountains in northeast Wales, where tradition sites Annwn, the otherworld of Welsh mythology.
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With just a few days to go until the first issue of the new decade, does anyone recognise the stern figure on our February cover?
'Fiona Shaw, in Jonathan Miller’s production, is the best shrew I have seen. She starts off in a mustard yellow dress with a mustard sharp tongue.'
From the archive, Kate Kellaway on a 1988 production of 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
'He was not a revolutionary at all of course. He was only marginally a socialist. His tradition was rooted in the Liberal aristocracy, and his politics were entirely bounded by Parliament.'
From the archive, Paul Foot on Tony Benn's diaries.