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Further Reading

King Henry VIII school AbergavennyThe following books and references are recommended .....

For a start visit the page on Raymond Williams on Wikipedia 

The Raymand Williams Society Annual Lecture 2011 has been posted on Youtube. The Lecturer is Anthony Barnett and the Subject is "The Long and the Quick of Revolution"

You can see the lecture here and the comments after the lecture here

There is a transcript of the lecture here

See this interesting article by Steve Woodhams called "Reading Raymond Williams in 2012" click

Also Steve's review of "Walking with the Comrades" by Arundhati Roy click

Archives, Papers and Collections

This is the beginning of an ongoing listing of sites where the work of Raymond Williams may be researched. Contributions detailing further resources, particularly outside the British and Irish Isles are encouraged. click

A lecture by RW on - Art: Freedom as Duty click

Country and the city

See Raymond Williams in Mike Dibbs Film "Country and the City" on Youtube.


Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society By Raymond Williams(1985)

Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society.
Available from the Book Depository

During 2011 new editions of Raymond Williams' books, have been published to join Border Country which appeared in 2006. The three books are,
Raymond Williams, The Country and the City, Spokesman Books, 2011
Raymond Williams, The Long Revolution, Parthian 2011
Raymond Williams, The Volunteers, Parthian 2011.

Culture and Society reappears in a 2013 Edition.

Many of RW's books are now available as e-books

The Raymond Williams Collection: A Report

The Raymond Williams Collection represents the culmination of long endeavour to bring to view unpublished manuscripts, notebooks, letters, diaries and papers that the academic writer and novelist Raymond Williams left in part discarded, often neglected. Edited by Steve Woodhams.

Available from Parthian press

The May Day Manifesto 1967 was re-issued in 1968, in a longer, more detailed version, edited by Raymond Williams. It has been re-issued today, as a free download, by Lawrence & Wishart Books.

Raymond Williams @ The Literary Encyclopaedia

The entry for Williams at this web based progressive encyclopaedia affords discussion of his contribution to literary and cultural theory, but includes links not only to recent publications, including Dai Smith's biography, A Warrior Tale, but to political events contemporary the life of the writer.

 To read the full article you need to join  (£12.50 pa).

Border Country - Raymond Williams in Adult Education

Edited by John McIlroy and Sallie Westwood   (NIACE, 1993)  is central to RWF’s aims.
ISBN 0631165894

Raymond Williams - Writing, Culture, Politics 

By Alan O’Connor  (Blackwell, 1989)  offers an invaluable RW bibliography
ISBN 0631165894

Raymond Williams - A Warrior’s Tale 

By Dai Smith  (Parthian, 2008) has already established itself as a major biographical study ISBN 978-1-905762-56-9

'Keywords' on-line @

Raymond Williams began the project Keywords – the working through of historical semantics in words and language – more than fifty years ago. Early exploration found expression as the 'Introduction' in Culture and Society, while the book Keywords appeared in two editions, the second from 1983 still being periodically reissued. A book, New Keywords appeared in 2005, a host of contributors continuing the workload he had previously carried through. Now the project has in keeping with Williams' own forward looking concern with technology and communications, found its way onto the web. e-Keywords is supported by Pittsburgh University and Jesus College, Cambridge. It is still in its infancy, but Stephen Heath, a close friend of Raymond Williams, has provided an introduction to the man and aims of his work in this and related enquiries. Members of the Raymond Williams Foundation are well placed to contribute to e-Keywords and might make their own approaches to the Project Editors. Meanwhile the Foundation as a body might make use of Keywords in its own informal learning networks, and it is hoped suggestions will appear through the website and elsewhere to this end. Technology, communications and learning were all part of Raymond Williams insight into the history of the present and extra-ordinary genius in opening up potentials for the future. A new on-line phase of the Keywords project can be a positive part of that long revolution.

Steve Woodhams

Who Speak for Wales? Nation, Culture, Identity

Edited by Daniel Williams                 
ISBN 978-0-7083-1784-6

Who speaks for Wales is the most recent collection of essays, chapters and interviews by Raymond Williams to have been published.  The collection crosses politics, history and culture and includes some that have not previously received wide circulation.  Among the most interesting, are interviews given by Williams which reveal insights into the writers life and politics in relation to current questions of nationalism and society first as these occur in Wales but then Europe and beyond.  Other insights (apply) to Williams writing, particularly his last work where the Black Mountains serve as the main character.   Williams reveals that he drew on recent archaeology of the area and research of medieval sources, as well as his own walks from his home at Carshaw in writing People of the Black Mountains.  Daniel Williams provides a long and stimulating introductory chapter to the collection in which he addresses a number of criticisms, thoroughly undermines some of these.  Most obviously challenged are those raised from a 'post-colonial' position, Daniel Williams demonstrates that at least one of these critics has at best a poor grasp of Williams, and that when read carefully Raymond Williams' work contains a subtle intervention into the (post)-colonial situation gain drawing on the complexity that is contemporary Wales.  Daniel Williams is connected with Dai Smith through the University at Swansea.  His researches are complementary to those undertaken by the latter in writing A Warriors' Tale and Who Speaks for Wales provides the reader with an understanding of Williams after 1960 and especially from the end of that decade when he began to appraise more publicly his changing relationship with Wales and differences between its people.

Teaching culture: the long revolution in cultural studies.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education,

Nannette Aldred  ed
ISBN 1862010455

Teaching culture contains a range of contributions, some describing practical interventions of the form anticipated by the Federation while others go on to raise theoretical questions concerning teaching, politics, and making effective interventions.

'Raymond Williams and education - a slow reach again for control', Josh Cole, (2008) 
The encyclopaedia of informal education

This article deals directly with the relevance of Raymond Williams to learning broadly and to adult education, in particular.  Josh Cole develops an examination and argument which Federation members are well placed to continue.

(t)+44 020 7540 4929

Informal education is a not-for-profit web based organisation providing space for publication of articles on practice, ideas and thinkers in the field of informal education.  A conference entitled 'Informal education with a formal setting' will be held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, 29 May 2009.

The Long Revolution Revisited’. Michael Rustin.Soundings 35, Spring 2007.

In this timely article Mike Rustin argues that Williams' political and intellectual project summarised by the term 'long revolution', has not been lost in the adverse conditions of recent years, and remains an objective to which progressive efforts need to renew commitment.  However Rustin sees public or civic learning as having contracted even as higher education as grown.

‘Writing Ireland’s Working Class: Dublin After O’Casey’

Author Michael Pierse - The author is indebted to Raymond Williams in his study and analysis

'The Chinese Reception of Raymond Williams' by Yin Qiping. Article in The Cambridge Quarterly, 2012.
Special issue on 'Cambridge English and China: A Conversation.
Yin Qiping writes about RW and 'Space, Cultural Materialism and Structure of Feeling'.

Article : "Raymond Williams's Communicative Ideal"  by Daniel Hartley

Guide to the reading of the works of Eric Hobsbawn Click