My dad, Darwin Andrews, was the first black mayor in Britain. He was also the first Muslim mayor in Britain. If that didn’t make growing up in a small non-mining town in Wales hard enough, his wife, my mum, who I never knew – she died when I was less than three – had given me the name Julie. Julie Andrews.


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The Poet, The GP, The Publican and a Pig Named Wallis

'It is in the nature of Dylan Thomas that even at this late date, he is still capable of springing surprises on us. The centenary of his birth, 2014, saw the discovery of a hitherto unknown fifth notebook, containing handwritten poems from 1934–1935, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s.'

So writes Adrian Osborne, in a fascinating look at the recently unearthed 'fifth' notebook of Dylan Thomas.



Cover to Cover: The World of the Book

Ellen Bell visits the Cover to Cover exhibition at the National Library of Wales to look over the evolution of books, from papyrus to the printed book


Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards

Linda Rhinehart went to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to admire illustrations in various media on the themes of animals, colour and political events


Earth Core: the Hominin Project

Linda Rhinehart on an exhibition, combining art and science, that explores climate change’s impact on human adaptability and prehistoric migration

NEW Spring Multimedia

Watch interviews with Cynan Jones and Caryl Lewis, as well as Katherine Stansfield talking about her latest novel Falling Creatures. Listen to a podcast about contemporary literature from Wales, watch a Poetry Showcase: Does Eternity Mean Anything to You? and listen to audio reviews of Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales edited by Huw Osborne and Ash and Bones by Mike Thomas.


Deaths of the Poets

Chris Moss argues that in this collaborative work between living poets, death is too grave a subject for a guidebook treatment in first person plural more...



Castro's Capital

Tom Anderson in Havana: Fifty-one years in revolution and still going strong.... Is it still a revolution when you’ve had five decades of the same thing, I want to ask, but don’t. Stay off politics with Cuban taxi drivers – unless they start it. more...


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