They Can Be Heard

Seeking 'Moments of enhanced listening' and 'revelations of the ear in which sound is shown to exert emotional pressure, Ed Garland finds 'geographic, social, psychological and emotional energy' carried through sound throughout our fiction, past and present...


Attention All Authors! New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Now Live!

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 is now open for entries across two categories: Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella and the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting

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Cave Art of the Anthropocene

This collection situates cogent arguments in the present modern world. It also maintains a balance between, on the one hand, personal experience and voice, and on the other, impartiality, reference and research. The central concept of keeping an open door to wilderness and spirit is clarion clear, as is the urgency of building individual and communal identity through place, and narrative's role within that. Literary references range from Nan Shephard to RS Thomas. It handles particularly well the dichotomy, for loves of art, and nature, of the former's claim to immortality in the Anthropocene age.



Serendipitous Intimations of Mortality

On reading undertaker-poet Thomas Lynch’s collection, Nigel Jarrett considers forms of dignified leave-taking that include long-lasting remembrance


Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Ellen Bell assesses this visual exploration at Oriel Davies, Newtown, of the ‘witch’ through the ages, right up to feminist icon and modern-day shaman


Interview with João Morais

Ann D Bjerregaard from Parthian Books interviews the Cardiff-based author João Morais about his forthcoming debut short story collection, Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster, out on 1 October

New Multimedia

Animated book trailer of the winning entry in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2018 Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection, 'Fiction as a Hearing Aid'. Text by Ed Garland, reading by Michael Dante, video, subtitles and animation by Emily Roberts, artwork by Gemma Roberts, audio recording by Aled John, shotlist by Aaron Kent, Senior Producer: Gwen Davies.


To Môn not Mölma: Feature review of Craith/Hidden

Gwen Davies writes that Craith/Hidden adds feminism and social conditioning to the big themes tackled by Welsh rural noir as well as asserting that individuals are not dispensable 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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