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Desert Island Discs, Beti a'i Phobol, and Britishness

By Sarah Hill

Abstract

Beti a’i Phobol has been a fixture on the Radio Cymru schedule since 1987. In comparison to Desert Island Discs, Beti a’i Phobol follows a more relaxed structure: guests are allowed four musical choices and much more time for conversation. In this paper I consider Beti’s roster of guests, their musical choices, and the impact that language has had on their presentation of subjective and cultural identity. I will then shift focus to those guests of Beti a’i Phobol who have ‘crossed over’ to Desert Island Discs, and gauge the changing sense of Welshness over the programme’s history, and the concomitant sense of Wales within British culture

Topics: M Music
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:58443
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