Cymru. Or Wales, in English. Its greenery, swift streams and rainy summits stole into my heart as a child. We went on caravan holidays to Cymru like everyone else I knew from Shrewsbury, but Tywyn was just ‘the seaside’ till I heard local women there speaking Welsh. That ‘Wales’ was different, sparked excitement that still makes me shiver. Cymru was where I yearned to be when living in England, the place I thought of when working overseas.

Read more in the October 2022 edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine (and the book it’s promoting – The Edge of Cymru, to be published by Seren in October 2022.)