OPINION JASMINE DONAHAYE

Ideology and Story in Life-Writing

It’s a strange coincidence that I should be publishing, in quick succession, a biography and a memoir, which both deal in contradictory ways with ideology.

In autobiography, in order to shape the sprawl of your experience, you need to gain some capacity to see your life from outside, as a story, if, nevertheless, one based on facts. A year ago I managed at last to finalise Losing Israel, a memoir about my changing relationship with my mother’s country. I’d shovelled everything into my account, unwilling, like the amateur historian, to omit any fact that might be important. Then I’d tried for several years to find the right form for it. By the time I understood what the story was, I’d cut out 50,000 words.


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09/07/2015

150, Patagonia

João Morais enjoys an epic-scale site-specific, bilingual and interactive NTW and Theatr Genedlaethol production celebrating 150 years since the establishment of Wales’ Patagonian colony, Y Wladfa

22/06/2015

Philip Eglin, Slipping the Trail & Responding to the Buckley Pottery in the Aberystwyth Collection

Ellen Bell devours a feast of work produced in response to non-hierarchical domestic-ware, where food, recipes and appetite are as important as vessels

19/06/2015

Dark Movements, exhibition by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Claire Pickard is impressed by the collaborative nature of this impressive exhibition chronicling the symbolic journey of the Welsh processional tradition of y Fari Lwyd in the artist’s father and himself

NEW Summer Interviews

Read interviews with highly recommended authors Philippa Holloway, Ellie Rees and Timothy L Marsh for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2015, WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment

REVIEW PHILLIP CLEMENT

By Fax To Alice Springs

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Sarah Waters in Conversation with Sarah Broughton

'Isn't that how life is for you?': In his recent review of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, writer and critic Matt Thorne describes her as 'not simply one of our best historical novelists, but one of our best novelists'. When I met her, Waters offered a slightly wryer perspective on such critical acclaim... more...






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