See Diana Heeks’s paintings inspired by Raymond Williams’s work

dh3Contemporary Art in the Black Mountains invites you to attend Diana Heeks’s Open Studio on Thursday 22 October, 11am-1pm, 10:30am arrival and refreshments, at Broadley Farm, Llanthony Valley, Monmouthshire.

This is an opportunity to view Diana Heeks’s new work in progress, produced during short residences in the Llanthony Valley throughout 2015 and inspired by Raymond Williams’s unfinished novel People of the Black Mountains.

Places are strictly limited. Please RSVP to or 01873 811579 by Friday 16 October.

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Funding to organise conferences, seminars or other events

williams againThe Raymond Williams Society annually part-funds a small number of conferences, seminars or other events that support the Society’s aims of developing intellectual and political projects in areas broadly connected with Raymond Williams’s work.

Applications for 2016 should be sent in an email to the Secretary at by 15 October 2015. Late applications may be considered if funds remain.

The proposal should be 300-500 words and explicitly state the relevance of the event to the aims of the Society. It should also include provisional dates, location, participants, prospective audience and a budget for the event. Applications may be made for up to £400, though most often smaller sums are allocated. Please also include full contact details of the organiser(s) and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s).

Funds are paid out retrospectively on receipt of a short report.

Key Words on Queerwords

KW13 coverThe next issue of Key Words will be published in October. It’s been guest-edited by David Alderson and includes articles by Lisa Henderson, Stephen Maddison and David Wilkinson on the theme of Queerwords: Sexuality and the Politics of Culture.

Also in this issue: Tony Crowley traces the history and uses of the keyword ‘radical’ alongside an article on Williams’s historical novel People of the Black Mountains by John Connor and last year’s prize-winning essay by Jen Morgan on uses of Shelley in working-class culture.

Black Mountains project by artist Diana Heeks inspired by Williams

UntitledArtist Diana Heeks, based in Llanrhystud, West Wales, is developing a project in the Black Mountains inspired by Raymond Williams’s unfinished novel People of the Black Mountains. The project comprises four, week-long visits to the region and is funded by a ‘research and development’ grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

Click the links below to the blog of Arts Alive (Crickhowell), who are acting as partners in the venture:

To conclude the research and development phase of the project, there will be an Open Studio on the morning of Thursday 22 October (time to be decided) at Diana’s project studio base at Broadley Farm near Llanthony.

Raymond Williams Society members are warmly invited; details to be sent in due course.