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Author's blast as he quits Wales

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

Julian Ruck

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ONE of Wales's most successful authors is quitting Kidwelly to move back to England — declaring himself "profoundly disappointed" by the country.

Julian Ruck plans leave his New Street home, after putting it on the market to go back across the bridge, where he spent nearly 30 years before returning to Wales six years ago.

And he spoke candidly to the Star about the reasons.

"Since my return I have felt only a profound sense of disappointment and on occasions shock," said Mr Ruck.

"The Wales I had loved as a young man, the Wales I have written about so fondly, is no longer the place I was brought up in."

The novelist claims that since his return, he has sometimes had to deal with what he claims is a state-funded Welsh literati, and has encountered what he describes as "inertia, a nasty tribalism and a growing intolerance for anything new or tainted with Englishness".

The 56-year-old said: "As a writer, small-mindedness is a no-go area and yet in Wales I encounter on a daily basis xenophobic pettiness, institutions hell bent on sending Wales back into a Dark Age that constantly seeks refuge in the deluded dreams of ancient grandeur.

"A resistance to change in a 21st century society is just plain insane."

Mr Ruck claimed the Kidwell-e Festival, the first in event in the UK to celebrate the rise of the e-book, had received zero local support after fewer than 100 people came along to the event. It had been hoped it would draw thousands, and since the event, Mr Ruck has been subject to months of criticism, including at the latest meeting of Kidwelly Town Council.

Mr Ruck said: "The passion, anger and spirit of the Welsh now seems limited to the rugby pitch, when it should be directed at a cosmopolitan world that is within such easy reach.

"I came to Kidwelly, bought a house here, and I have to say that in spite of the above, its people have not disappointed me.

"The hairdresser, the café owner, the man in the street have all become friends but these are the real Welsh, these are the people who know how to laugh and have fun at their own expense.

"They are not the misguided politicos with an Old Labour grudge to bear, they are not the Welsh academic elites who look after only themselves and another translation of the Mabinogion, they are not the self-serving artistic chosen ones who exist only for the next taxpayer hand-out.

"It is time for me to move on to a place without separation, to a place with an open-mind and a welcome to all men, a United Kingdom, where all men (and women) are equal."

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  • preseli  |  October 31 2012, 11:58AM

    If he's one of wales' most successful authors why hasn't anybod heard of him? if he was any good we'd all be queuing up in Waterstones to get a signed copy of his latest literary classic. Instead he hangs around WH Smith branches in various towns. I know because I had the unfortunate experience of being cornered by him in Carmarthen, as nobody else seemed to have any interest in his books. He is an odious self-publicist who says he is leaving Kidwelly for England, (they must be breathing a sigh of relief in Kidwelly, I feel sorry for the residents of that poor English town where he will eventualy settle - soon hopefully) so why has the Star given the idiot a column? They must be desperate for readers, as his column is sure to stir up some response from the dwindling readership.

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 05 2012, 11:23PM

    No need for him to go off in a huff just because know one turned up at his e-book, clearly he is totally out of touch with reality to think anyone would go to such a silly event(well apart from the 100 who turned up, lol)

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  • strewth  |  October 05 2012, 11:03PM

    He mentions the town council. I for one firmly believe that this particular town council should be disbanded and the authority handed over to Carmarthen Council. In fact disband all town councils & quangos and save some tax payers money.

  • PJL1967  |  October 05 2012, 2:19AM

    The proof of the Pwdin is in the eating...

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  • sochat  |  October 05 2012, 2:12AM

    Most of the comments here confirms what he say,little stalinist Wales.

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  • mrjames  |  October 04 2012, 9:39PM

    I just don't think he gets it, it's nothing to do with anti-englishness, its all to do with his pompous, conceited, self opinionated, **** about himself and his pathetic attempt to blame people for the fact that his stupid event was a disaster- his comments about Wales are either his way of getting publicity or he really is a pathetic little ****.

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  • JerryLew  |  October 04 2012, 9:24PM

    Rubbish story - but I bet this bloke is regretting his decision to talk to SWEP. Maybe this was SWEP setting him up for a fall. Lmao

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  • Bonheddwr  |  October 04 2012, 4:42PM

    "ONE of Wales's most successful authors." Haha, are you having a laugh? Did he tell you that ;-)

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  • jacothenorth  |  October 04 2012, 3:34PM

    "I'm leaving" is the most well-received thing he's ever written!

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  • sionnyn  |  October 04 2012, 3:22PM

    Mr Ruck is a sad, sour failure - in literature as in life. I hope he finds his shangrila over the bridge. Has it occurred to him that, perhaps, his failure to flourish might have something to do with the extent of his talent, and with his rather supercilious and dismissive attitude towards Wales? I hope he keep us informed of his future flowering in the land of the Saxons!

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