The Long Field

Wales and the Presence of Absence, A Memoir

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The Long Field Book Tour


17 November ––– London Welsh Centre

18 November ––– Warwick Books

19 November ––– Palas Print, Caernarfon

20 November ––– Booka, Oswestry

20 November ––– Willey Village Town Hall, Broseley

21 November ––– Castle Books, The Blue Boar, Ludlow

22 November ––– Pen’rallt, Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth

23 November ––– Goldstone Books, Carmarthen

24 November ––– Rhiannon Gold, Tregaron

24 November ––– Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea

25 November ––– Cover to Cover, Mumbles

25 November ––– Rossiters, Ross on Wye

26 November ––– Bookish, Crickhowell

28 November ––– Shrewsbury Literary Festival

29 November ––– Stanfords, Bristol

30 November ––– Little Toller, Brassica, Beaminster


“Pamela Petro’s The Long Field is more than a beautiful memoir of the author’s long-time fascination with Wales. It is a profound and sparking exploration of ideas of home, loss, love, family, and sexuality. You come away from it not just in awe of her ability to seamlessly weave all of these themes into a rich and moving narrative, but with something much deeper: a new view of the world and your place in it.”

– Travel writer Thomas Swick

“Not since Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek have I felt so involved as a reader….This is a beautifully written, un-put-downable book about language, love, and being alive…”

– Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales

The Long Field is a rich meditation on the meaning of hiraeth and memory.”

– Jon Gower, Nation.Cymru

“This is a book about connections…. It is a life story, a celebration of humanity, a discussion of what exactly it means to be human. It was a compelling read, and one that left my brain fizzing.”

– Rhian Pritchard, Rhian’s Rainbow Roundup – Queer Books

“Petro’s extraordinary sensitivity for atmosphere catches the feel, smell and sensation of being in Wales brilliantly.”

– Gwyneth Lewis, former National Poet of Wales