From the valleys to Venice

"He can't get over the landscape, he says. He's been in Snowdonia, where he walked up the unstable slate heaps of Dinorwic quarry - "I'd hear clink, clink, clink all the way up the mountain." It's been a moving, sometime upsetting experience, and he's exhausted by it. Wales in the early 1960s, he remembers, was somewhere you had to leave: "The place scared me; it was going nowhere.""

"Wales provides an astonishingly rich lyrical and romantic, as well as political and social, context for artists to work within. This project resonates with the poetic, bardic tradition that underpins the cultural history of Wales, and has at its heart Cale's own personal relationship with the Welsh language and issues surrounding communication. "

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