Hello & Welcome

to the June edition of TheBAY

I hope you like our cheerful yellow cover. At the time of writing, the sun is shining and it is actually hot – I just hope that summer isn’t peaking too soon!

We’ve another jam-packed issue for you with walks, books, things to do, places to see and lots more.

A couple of months ago I received an email from a criminal lawyer from Guernsey. No I hadn’t been caught out doing anything illegal with an offshore bank account or worse –

Amy Richardson was writing to tell me how her visits to Swansea and West Wales had helped with her healing process after losing her husband very suddenly leaving her a single mum and not yet 30. Amy wanted to write a letter to ‘Wales’ to thank its countryside, sea-shores and its people for helping her to come to terms with her tragic loss. You can read Amy’s account in our leisure section – I hope she continues to come to Wales and brings her little girl up to love its landscape as much as she does.

I received another email from reader John Gibbings who wrote about the May issue; ‘I always enjoy your excellent publication. There is a possible error on page 49. I flew in Lancasters in the 1950s. I am pretty sure that the top pic is a Lancaster and not a Halifax.’ I bow to your superior knowledge John, the internet has its limitations and identifying the subtle nuances of fighter aircraft is definitely best left to the experts. Please do write in if you spot any errors or omissions in the magazine – we are always happy to stand corrected!

Ian Bateman’s walk of the month is the challenging Pen Y Fan – but not as you know it. Ian’s route bypasses the path most travelled and takes a quieter, less crowded way. It’s been a long time since I last climbed it – in fact it is far longer than I thought as I had my dog with me and she died in 2006! Time for me to give it another go – I just hope my knees are still up to it.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes it’s a case of simply being in the right place at the right time. Last month harpist Delyth Jenkins popped into Bay HQ to drop off a copy of her new CD for review. By chance Nick Smith happened to be in chatting about future articles – I knew that Nick was a keen musician so I was happy to pass the job of reviewing Llinyn Arian to him. When he sent his copy in, his email said of the CD ‘GEORGEOUS. Absolutely bloody lovely’.

You can read his official review in our leisure section.

At the time of going to print Sarla Langdon had already reviewed her books for June, so it is up to me to announce the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2018 – Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft and published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

I hope you have a fabulous and flaming June – we’ll be back with you in July.