Thursday 25th November at 7pm; Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye – Ticket £5
Pamela Petro will discuss her new book, The Long Field.
Hiraeth is a quintessential Welsh word famously hard to translate. The English approximation is ‘homesickness’. Taken literally, it means ‘long field’. But it is more like the bone-deep longing felt for someone or something – a home, lover, place, culture, language, the younger self – that you’ve lost or left behind.
The Long Field braids the essential hiraeth stories of Wales with the hiraeth that Pamela Petro has experienced in her own life – as an American who pines for Wales; as a gay woman in a same-sex relationship; as the survivor of a terrible train crash; as the daughter of a parent with dementia. Along the way, she also explores deep into the Welsh landscape to discover radical new meanings of hiraeth: queer hiraeth, the hiraeth of technology, ancestry, minorities, the environment.
The Long Field is a thoughtful and beautiful journey into absence and loss, which Petro discovers as the genius of Welsh culture and the wellspring of all creativity.