Inspired

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Paul Henry looks at how the Welsh landscape has inspired artists, musicians and writers.

3/6: The Rhymney and Blainau Gwent valleys proved a breath of fresh air for artist LS Lowry.

20081005

A mysterious tune with falling thirds from a ghostly choir carried above the seascape of Llangranog was the inspiration for Elgar's 'Introduction and Allegro for Strings'.

Paul Henry discovers the life and music of one of Britain's greatest composers who had the misfortune of being born just the wrong side of the English Welsh Border.

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Poet Paul Henry explores the career of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, who in 1897 was inspired to travel from his home in France to Penarth.

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Poet Paul Henry looks at how the diverse landscape of Wales has inspired artists, musicians and writers.

This edition finds him in Plas Newydd in Anglesey, home to an impressive 58-foot mural by Rex Whistler that juxtaposes elements of the North Wales landscape with buildings from England to Italy.

Also, it was here that a story of un-requited love was born between the artist and Lady Caroline.

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Poet Paul Henry looks at how the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, helped to shape the writer Alun Lewis, who created some of the most outstanding poetry to emerge from WWII.

Paul Henry looks at how the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, shaped the poet Alun Lewis.

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Paul Henry looks at how the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, shaped the poet Alun Lewis.

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Paul Henry looks at how the diverse landscape of Wales has inspired artists, musicians and writers.

It was the intense light of a Pembrokeshire coastline that brought artist Graham Sutherland to Wales.

Join Paul Henry as he learns about the man, his work and the beauty of the landscape that so inspired him.

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Poet Paul Henry looks at how Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by a journey to Wales.

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Poet Paul Henry looks at how Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by a journey to Wales.

Poet Paul Henry explores how a journey made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn to Wales in 1829 inspired the young musician.

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Poet Paul Henry explores how a journey made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn to Wales in 1829 inspired the young musician.

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Poet Paul Henry explores how a journey made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn to Wales in 1829 inspired the young musician.

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Paul Henry explores how a journey made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn to Wales in 1829 inspired the young musician.

Paul Henry looks at how the composer Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by a journey to Wales.

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Paul Henry looks at how the diverse landscape of Wales has inspired artists, musicians and writers.

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The Rhymney and Blainau Gwent valleys proved a breath of fresh air for artist LS Lowry.

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Gwen John is acknowledged as one of the most important women artists of the last century. Poet Paul Henry explores how her years growing up in the seaside town of Tenby influenced her.

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Gwen John is acknowledged as one of the most important women artists of the last century.

Paul Henry explores how her years growing up in the seaside town of Tenby influenced her.

Paul Henry examines how artist Gwen John was influenced by growing up in Tenby.

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Poet Paul Henry explores the influence that the Welsh landscape had upon poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge during a radical walking tour of Wales he took in 1794.

Paul Henry explores the influence the Welsh landscape had on poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Poet Paul Henry explores the influence that the Welsh landscape had upon poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge during a radical walking tour of Wales he took in 1794.

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Paul Henry looks at how the Welsh landscape has inspired artists, musicians and writers.

He visits Gifach Goch, the setting for Richard Llewellyn's novel How Green Was My Valley.

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Owen Sheers finds out how the Wye Valley inspired Wordsworth to write one of his most important poems.

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Owen Sheers sets off on the trail of composer Gabriel Faure, who wrote one of his most beautiful nocturnes whilst visiting the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Owen Sheers finds out how the great British landscape painter, Joseph Turner, sought inspiration in Snowdonia.

0104David Jones20061004

Owen Sheers uncovers the fascinating story of the time spent by artist and writer, David Jones, in an unusual community in the Black Mountains.

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Owen Sheers travels to the Arenig Valley near Bala, once home to painter Augustus John, and uncovers a story of riotous gypsy nights and artistic inspiration.

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Owen Sheers visits Laugharne, making a pilgrimage to some of the places which were so special to Dylan Thomas

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Poet Paul Henry visits Blaenavon to find out how the landscape inspired Alexander Cordell's Rape of the Fair Country.

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Poet Paul Henry learns about Alfred Sisley, who in 1897 was inspired to travel from his home in France to Penarth and paint the only Welsh Impressionist works.

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In the early sixties, L S Lowry was invited to come to Wales by his friend, Ebbw Vale-born Welshman Monty Bloom.

The industrial landscape of the Rhymney and Blaina Gwent valleys was to be a breath of fresh air for the painter, whose work was ignored at the time but now sells for millions of pounds.

Poet Paul Henry investigates.

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Poet Paul Henry visits the Welsh landscapes that provided inspiration for the 20th century poet and clergyman, RS Thomas.

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Poet Paul Henry visits the Elan Valley, where Percy Bysshe Shelley attempted to live out his dreams amidst the inspiring Welsh landscape.

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Poet Paul Henry visits places in Wales that provided inspiration for composer Grace Williams.