Jack Smylie Wild goes in search of waterways that inspired Dylan Thomas
WWF Cymru prize for writing on the environment announced as part of the New Welsh Writing Awards
‘Please feel free to interview the children,’ boomed the owner of a Rangoon ‘recycling factory’, nodding at a dozen barefoot labourers, adding in a theatrical whisper, ‘apart from the ones who are younger than twelve.’ In a nearby field back-bent girls paused from planting rice, stretched their stooped spines and giggled for the camera: ‘Photograph me, sir, not her. I am the beautiful one.’ Across town in a busy tea shop, a waiter served two would-be German investors with the words, ‘Welcome to Burma. Do you know about the massacres which followed the 1988 uprising?’
New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies announces the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on
Nature and the Environment, the first category in the magazine's brand new New Welsh Writing Awards, with first prize as £1000, epublishing deal and weekend at Gladstone
Alicia Byrne Keane enjoys the freedom, variety and interdisciplinary panache of Dublin’s Wonderfulgood Collective
Amy McCauley, immune to ‘Dylanmania’, visits the major touring ‘Dylan’ show at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and is reminded, in ‘this most playful of exhibitions’ of a ‘damned funny’ poet with a ‘pathologically quick imag
Ellie Rees enjoys a book in which an English poet feels hiraeth for the south of England more...
In my own work it was particularly clear to me that the real location can travel through the writer’s imagination, be transformed and end up very differently on the page. Touring Tredegar House and knowing very well that a room or a turn of corridor were settings where I had imagined a fragment of story, or a certain scene, it was disconcerting to revisit and realise that not only were they not as I described them, but that I had imported, changed, even transmuted the whole place into a fictional other... more...