Today I have the pleasure to feature Phil Carradice. Phil is an extraordinarily multifacetted and talented writer, which is why we headhunted him for the Llandeilo Lit Fest and asked him to do not one but two events.
Phil Carradice is a historian, novelist and poet who has published 29 books. He regularly broadcasts on Radio 4 and Radio Wales where he has his own programme. He works as a lecturer in Cardiff University Department for Continuing Education and takes creative writing classes for adults and children. A former Head Teacher, he now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan but originates from Pembroke Dock.
I’ve recently read two of his books. “The Call Up: A Study of National Service in Peacetime Britain” was particularly interesting for me because I heard some stories about this from my father-in-law. Carradice created a fascinating study of the National Service in the UK after WW2 until it became obsolete and abandoned in the 1960ies.
The book is full of personal accounts from men serving during those years, which makes this very authentic, moving and compelling to read. It covers a variety of aspects of army life: from the impact it had on people’s life, from trivial practicalities to the daily routines and the variety of ways to serve available at the time.
It also shows a range of perspectives on the service and gives an overall very detailled and comprehensive account of life in the forces. Whether stationed at home or overseas, whether you were favoured with great comrades and colleagues or not, went voluntarily or had no choice, the book manages to illustrate all of it.
Very informative, well written and a book I found hard to put down.
On Sunday April 30th at 3pm
at the Horeb Chapel, Cawdor Hotel Judith Barrow and Phil Carradice will discuss “The Influence of World War II on Literary Inspiration”.
The other book I read is brand new and aimed at a teenage audience. “Stargazers” is a beautiful read, surprisingly witty, with a historical setting, part love story with a magical feel to it.
It is set in the ancient Middle East and Egypt where a young man joins the army, much to the lament of the mother. He sets out to accompany the star gazers on a trip that will bring him a lot of life experience.
Since it is a short read I shall not go into plot detail, but I will say that there is a lovely feel to the story, and although I’m older than the target audience, I found this incredibly enjoyable.
On Saturday April 29th at 1pm at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery Pembrokeshire’s Phil Carradice will be reading from this latest novel for young adults
About the book:
In a Middle-Eastern state, Yaniv plans to follow in his father’s soldiering footsteps – he wants to travel, adventure and respect. So the offer to escort some stargazers on a mysterious journey seems like a great chance. But his first mission isn’t as straightforward as it is expected to be. Along the way Yaniv meets treachery, violence, danger and royalty, as well as a very attractive young girl. What are the stargazers really searching for? And who can he really trust?
Darlleniad gan Phil Carradice o’i nofel ddiweddaraf Star Gazers
Dydd Sadwrn, Ebrill 29ain am 1 o’r gloch yn Oriel y Ffynnon
Mae Phil yn awdur 30 o lyfrau am Gymru, yn ddarlledwr radio profiadaol bydd yn darllen o’i gyfrol diweddaraf i oedolion ifanc. Mae’n gyn-athro ac yn ddarlithydd ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd.
Mae Yanhji yn bwriadu dilyn ei dad i’r fyddin mewn gwladwriaeth yn y dwyrain Canol, wedi’r cyfan mae’r bachgen yn chwilio am barch, antur ac am weld y byd. Mae’n cynnig hebrwng criw o wylwyr sêr ar siwrnau llawn dirgel. Ond am beth mae’r bobl yma yn chwilio? Stori llawn antur a dirgelwch