The Woman at the Well

When I got out at the station I found the only way of getting to the house was on foot. Jameson, a little man with a thin moustache and turn-down collar, took me first of all a three-mile climb on a rough road; then we crossed a colliery tramway...


Popular Cultural History of Newport by Former 60-ft Dolls Member and Gay Coming of Age Dystopia Among Shortlisted Entries

Musicians and writers packed out last night's New Welsh Writing Awards shortlisting event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop

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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...



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


Love Welsh Poetry, A Journey Like No Other

Kaja Brown commends an innovative trail of love poems to celebrate the Welsh Valentines season at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth

New Multimedia

This spring 2019 season, we present George Carr chairing our Bookclub Podcast discussing Jane Aaron's collection as editor of historical short stories from Wales, A View Across the Valley, Eluned Gramich who reviews the novel Dignity by Alys Conran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Mabli Roberts (Paula Brackston) who talks about her latest novel God's Children with George Carr. A Poetry Showcase: four poems connected by the theme of memory, and finally a review by George Carr of the novel Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury).


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...



Pulp Kitchen

The UK may have no shortage of home-grown psychopaths but we are rapidly running up a trade deficit in criminologists. Lone maverick investigators are being imported in record numbers and chilly Scandinavia, for the moment, has cornered the market. more...


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