Unpicking the Locks

Last year, a message on our answerphone for our twelve-year-old son took us all by surprise. It was from the Poetry Society and told Morgan that his poem ‘Sker Beach’ had been chosen as one of the commended entries in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. He was unfazed until we were in the Southbank Centre for the ceremony, with no real concept beforehand of what it meant – but I knew. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks: my boy, my clever boy...



Calling a Manual Earth-lifting Device a Spade

Nigel Jarrett on how writers should be able to speak


Anna Falcini, In Between the Folds are Particles, at Oriel Davies, Newtown

Ellen Bell is bowled over by this homage to Gwen John which plays masterfully with micro and macro


Reclaiming Gay Rural Wales

Kaja Brown enjoys a performance about the Ladies of Llangollen and anticipates the publication of Mike Parker’s memoir about the gay couple he inherited his house from, an event in LGBT+ History Month at Ceredigion Museum

New Multimedia

This summer 2019 season, we present an animated trailer of Peter Goulding's On Slate, a humorous and engaging nonfiction account of the oddball community of rock climbers on Dinorwic's slate quarries in Snowdonia in the 80s, winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting. Also, a filmic trailer of a dystopian novella by JL George with big themes of propaganda, communication and cohersion with a touching teenage boys' friendship at its heart. Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella.


Exquisitely Rough: Outsiders, Social Class, and the Iceberg of London Publishing

Back in Bridgend, Hannah Austin was so posh she went horseriding, but, on a writing course in England’s capital, she discovers her background is an exotic object of pity more...



At the Inquiry

Tony Blair, progenitor of New Labour, saviour of the third way, hero of the largest Labour majority ever, winner of ‘the historic third term’, ‘a pretty straight guy’, begetter of wars, payer of ‘the blood price’, holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor, ex-Prime Minister. The arch-populist media manipulator was to be subjected to unscripted and televised questioning about the most divisive policy of his leadership, and there was a chance, a very small chance, he might say something we could learn from. more...


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