Tag Archives: The Guardian

Is Jim Perrin now writing as ‘DrudwyBranwen’?

We said in the previous post that Jim Perrin writes for the Guardian as a Country Diarist. Although he is English he is paid by them to be  ‘THE Country Diarist for Wales’! It is a mystery that they do not ask someone who is Welsh…

Visiting Wales in 2013 to deliver ‘The William Condry Memorial Lecture’  was another English diarist, Mark Cocker, who has himself on occasion posted diary entries from Wales; he is renowned both as an ornithologist and author and the details of his remarkable career may be found on-line. He lives in Norfolk and his diary entries are mostly posted from that part of the country. They are finely observed and written in an unpretentious, painterly style with here and there highlights and memorable colour. Continue reading


Pearls before swine?

It may be imagined how irked Jim Perrin was to read the adverse comments which followed, one by one, his latest Guardian Country Diary entry about wild boar in Ariège, 23/05/2014. How, we wonder, could he have restrained himself from writing his usual retaliatory remarks? ‘Dendros’, in particular, was ironically critical — and, to judge by the response, apparently woundingly — of the author’s style.

Such criticism was not to be borne; could not be tolerated without redress; and as, presumably, the irritation mounted this most precious author — perceiving the words in his ‘lyrically-lovely-mode’ of writing, to be so many Pearls Before Swine of a different kind — found the impulse to respond to be irresistible… This is a logical interpretation. Continue reading


‘Melangell’ (JP?) in a Pyrenean haven

This comment by ‘Melangell’ was posted on the Guardian thread on 02/08/2010…  (Ref. Jim Perrin’s false colours.)

‘When I visited Jim at his house in the Pyrenees last year…’ — it follows therefore that the year referred to was 2009.

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Siân Melangell Dafydd, we feel certain, was not party to this. We have explained in previous postings that we are aware of a young Welsh woman of that name who was involved with Jim Perrin (note her dedication below) and we would not wish to hurt her. It is our belief that Jim Perrin hi-jacked her name, as in our opinion he has done with others’. She is a sensitive and highly talented author and is renowned in the Welsh literary world for her poetry and prose and has received many honours for her work. Such a young woman would not — could not — have knowingly lent her name ‘Melangell’ to those disgraceful entries on the Guardian thread concerning our sister and her family; note the sequence, which begins on the 24/07/2010. In the context of our site, however, we feel it is now appropriate to quote details — and her own words — of the genuine Melangell. Continue reading