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Peter Finch – Edging the Estuary at Roath Library

Roath author Peter Finch will be discussing his new book Edging the Estuary this Saturday at Roath Library. He’ll be talking about the book, which explores the past, present and future of the Severn estuary, with John Osmond.

In the book, Peter sets out to explore his heritage, walking the Welsh side of the Severn Estuary, reclaiming his personal memories in addition to discovering the lives of others. With a detour to Maisemore, the highest tidal point of the estuary, he walks the English side too, taking in the differences with Wales, reviving past links and looking at his homeland from abroad.

The Severn estuary: border, trade route, home of industry and leisure. Finch walks both the Welsh and English sides and explores its significance past and present, to him and its inhabitants, from tidal Maismore to Lynmouth and from Chepstow to Worms Head on Gower.

On his journey he sees the estuary as border, a highway for trade and ideas, an industrial zone, and a place for people to spend their leisure

Finch’s book takes in villages and cities, power stations and fishermen, castles and caravans, leg-aching walks and deckchairs on the beach, exploring both busty tourst attractions and secret havens along the coast.

The tragedy of Lynmouth, the competing pleasure beaches of Porthcawl, Barry and Weston-super-Mare, the industrial sites of Usk and Port Talbot, the fate of Cardiff, Newport and Swansea docks and the ancient trackways of Swansea Bay are just some of the many stories which punctuate Finch’s epic walk along some of the most beautiful coastline in Britain.

Peter Finch in conversation with John Osmond is at Roath Library, Newport Road CF24 0DF at 11am on Saturday 30 November. Find out more at