Yet though stimulated by the new surroundings, Hooker found himself isolated, unable to enter fully into the Welsh-speaking community, at odds with his position as an academic, haunted too by a longing for his Dorset homeland. As a writer he had to grapple with depression and a failure of poetic nerve. Consolation was found in the companionship of fellow poets and critics, in the hard-crafted completion of a sequence of poems, in the rain-borne scent of newly-turned earth.
Welsh Journal is a voyage of discovery, personal, professional and as a writer. It is also an important, beautifully written record of life in a certain part of Wales during the seventies.
Jeremy Hooker was born in Hampshire in 1941. He was a lecturer at University College, Aberystwyth, for nineteen years, and is the author of several volumes of poetry, included a selected, A View from the Source. He has recently begun teaching at the University of Glamorgan.