The author was nearly killed by lightning in a kayak on Cardigan Bay. This was the inspiration for his new novel from Granta, published on 3 November, which is excerpted in the current issue, New Welsh Reader 112 (autumn 2016)


New Welsh Writing Awards 2017 opens for entries with two new categories

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2017, run by New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University and AmeriCymru, opens for entries on 26 September with two new categories,

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 (c) Mandy Sutter
(c) Mandy Sutter


Bush Meat: As My Mother Told Me

Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, this travel memoir explores the time the writer’s family spent in Nigeria in the mid 60s. Written in lemon juice as zesty as a latter-day Martha Gelhorn, this act of ventriloquism gives voice to the author’s mother’s expat life in Nigeria and her own child’s-eye take on its complications. With striking images including a Barbary duck with a ‘melted face’, and an economy of style of the stiff-upper-lip variety, this travel memoir presents a world where animal, child, bushman, black servant and white employer know his or her place and may seethe in it, or attempt to wriggle around it.



City of the Unexpected

Jack Pugh has mixed feelings about Cardiff's 'City of the Unexpected’ Roald Dahl 100 festival


This must be the place I never wanted to leave…

Susie Wild blogs about the winner of the Beep Wales International Painting Prize 2016 and the shortlist exhibition 'This must be the place I never wanted to leave' on at the Swansea College of Art until 3 September and then on tour.


The Button Project, curated by Jo Dahn

Ellen Bell muses on the meanings of small, hand-held, hand-made things in this non-hierarchical exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre's Ceramics Gallery

NEW Autumn Multimedia

Travel prose: talks & readings by Hannah Garrard, Julie Owen Moylan & Karen Phillips, highly commended authors in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016, University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing.


Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected

Roald Dahl spent the first nine years of his life in Llandaf, Cardiff. Despite this, Wales has been slow to identify the ‘Welsh Dahl’. This book rectifies that with a sparkling variety of inventive and productive approaches to the great author in his centenary year, including psychogeographical and psychoanalytical, writes Liz Jones more...



A Minor Incident on the Way to Buy Toothpaste

The teenage years were over, both sons were safely ensconced at St Andrew’s University and they were happy and healthy. I had untied my apron strings and relaxed my guard. Then, on a summer’s day in 2004, my youngest son was involved in a minor accident on a country road on the way to buy toothpaste... more...


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