The Editor's Blog


Serendipitous Intimations of Mortality (Issue: 118)NEW

On reading undertaker-poet Thomas Lynch’s collection, Nigel Jarrett considers forms of dignified leave-taking that include long-lasting remembrance
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Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites (Issue: r26)

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
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Interview with João Morais (Issue: 118)

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
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Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist (Issue: 117)

Harsher, more real, more felt, more understood than her contemporaries, Ellen Bell rediscovers the work of this artist, enjoying for the first time her understated display and allegory, and is rendered speechless by her exquisite draughtsmanship
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The Moon-Eyed People and the White Ravens (Issue: 117)

Reginald Francis writes about the unexpected connections between Welsh and Native American cultures that were revealed by Peter Stevenson during an evening of music and storytelling

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Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds (Issue: 117)

Eleanor Howe is charmed by this ripping yarn for children by Horatio Clare, at turns outrageous, hilarious, thoughtful and wise
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The Dragon Has Two Tongues (Issue: 117)

On the eve on the announcement of the winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection, Tony Brown celebrates Glyn Jones’ deeply humane classic, The Dragon Has Two Tongues, published this summer in a new
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Miranda Whall: Crossed Paths at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (Issue: r23)

Ellen Bell, despite a sheep-related gripe, find this performance and installation an extraordinary piece of work, in terms of collaboration and its stunning combination of sound and vision
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Civilisations and Civilisation: 2018 versus 1969 (Part 2) (Issue: r23)

Adam Somerset admires how Kenneth Clark in his landmark original television series affirms the inter-relationship of literature and visual artworks
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Civilisations and Civilisation: 2018 versus 1969 (Part 1) (Issue: r23)

Adam Somerset compares this spring’s TV cultural series Civilisations with Kenneth Clark’s 1969 counterpart, and finds the former lacking
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Nofio/Swimming Multimedia Exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: r23)

Reginald Francis seeks the emotional side of wild swimming but finds mainly the seizure of control in depicting the female human form, as well as powerful nudity
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Three Tales by Cynan Jones: Book Launch and Review (Issue: r23)

Eleanor Howe writes that these tales for children, a first for the author, do not lack his trademark sucker punch
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In the Goldfish Bowl (Issue: 116)


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Woman of Flowers: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 116)

Reginald Francis reflects with nuance on the actors’ performances of this version of the Welsh legend, and commends the predominantly female cast
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The Picket Line Blues (Issue: 116)

Striking lecturer Neal Alexander reports from the picket line at Aberystwyth University campus where members of the University and College Union (UCU) are in their second week of action to prevent proposed changes to their pension
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Anthony Shapland: A Sound Not Meant To Be Heard (Issue: 116)

Ellen Bell is highly impressed by visionary art and pared-back curation at Oriel Davies, Newtown
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Karen Pearce, Landscape Artist (Issue: 116)

Reginald Francis profiles the Aberystwyth-based painter Karen Pearce, discovering that mood, place and painting interact organically
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Clive Hicks-Jenkins & the Penfold Press: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Part II (Issue: 116)

Sam Jones explores the artist’s use of supernatural imagery to convey the mental fortitude of Gawain
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Raising the Roof, Gently (Issue: 116)

Reginald Francis outlines the romance and idealism behind a sustainable architectural and performance project with Welsh folk roots, the ty unnos (one night house) at the National Botanic Gardens
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Crossings: Adam Buick and the Legend of Tresaith at Ruthin Craft Centre (Issue: r19)

Ellen Bell is transfixed by Adam Buick’s metaphorical storytelling vessels
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Rewriting the Mabinogi: Matthew Francis (Issue: r19)

Like Pwyll, reports Reginald Francis from this Faber poetry book launch in Aberystwyth, these Brythonic stories from oral tradition, transformed into modern English poetry, ‘[ride] through the space between one world and another’
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One Hour Hamlet from Half Light Productions (Issue: 115)

Reginald Francis admired the subtlety and minimalism of this stripped-down and accessible production at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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The Arthurian Place Names of Wales (Issue: 115)

Reginald Francis is inspired to seek out places associated with Arthurian legend across Wales after attending this book launch with author Scott Lloyd, part of the Arthur and Welsh Mythology exhibition at the National Library of Wales
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Neasa Terry: Litmus Residency (07/11/2017)

Ellen Bell gained food for thought at this conceptual art exhibition
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Hinterland at the National Library of Wales (Issue: r19)

Linda Rhinehart learns about locally created media with international reach
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The Surrealist Murmuration at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: r19)

Reginald Francis explores a protest against miserablism and ‘the unacceptable human condition’
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Better Houses (Issue: r19)

Susie Wild describes a slow gestation, despite contraception and house moves, towards her debut poetry collection
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Table Talk: A Moveable Feast (Issue: r19)

Nathan Munday writes about the powerful social effects of table talk, on publication of his Pyrenean memoir Seven Days
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Hanes: Tales, Stories, Myths and Legends at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 115)

Reginald Francis goes to watch visual artists working with narrative and the British and European folk traditions in a showcase for the Welsh government's Year of Legends
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Earth Core: the Hominin Project (Issue: 114)

I attended Julian Ruddock's exhibition at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre twice one week at the end of May. It was intended to showcase the power of combining science and art.
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Cover to Cover: The World of the Book (Issue: 113)

It is the first thing on a Monday morning and the small ground floor gallery currently housing the National Library of Wales’s (NLW) Cover to Cover exhibition is far from quiet.
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Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards (Issue: 113)

On 30 May I went to look at the exhibition of the annual Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards 2016 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
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Revolution at Ffotogallery (Issue: 114)

The revolution will not be televised, but it was and is photographed. Diffusion, Cardiff’s International Festival of Photography, organised by Ffotogallery, takes ‘Revolution’ as its theme, 100 years on from the Russian Revolution.
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Hollow Log: The Coolest Man Who Ever Walked the Earth (Issue: 113)

The circular space within the performance studio was perfect for the down-home acoustic blues which amplified and resonated across the room. The blue curtain and low lights helped recreate the juke joints of the ’20s and ’30s – drinking was encourag
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Wales Festival of Architecture Panel (Issue: 113)

On Tuesday 9 May, I attended a panel for the festival of Architecture in Wales at 6 pm at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
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The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Issue: 113)

The play produced by Mappa Mundi and shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 3 May, was jointly written by John O’Connor and Oscar Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.
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For the People: A celebration of Welsh Architecture: Photographs by James Morris (Issue: 113)

It is 9.30am and the café is quiet – no echoing squeals from little girls in pink leotards scampering in and out of the dance studios, or the humming of parents clustering around prams.
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Fallen Poets: Edward Thomas & Wales (Issue: 113)

I attended a recent lecture given by Dr Andrew Webb which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the death of the British poet and writer Edward Thomas on 9 April, 1917, in World War I.
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Stitched Voices (Issue: 113)

There is a long tradition of protest and human struggle being expressed by means of textile hangings and banners, however I am uncomfortable with the idea that there may necessarily be an artistic dimension to works of this nature.
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Celebrating the Hand-made: Make (Issue: 113)

A gaggle of primary school children in plum-coloured sweaters and borrowed-from-home aprons are hovering around a display case in Ruthin Craft Centre’s (RCC) main gallery, clutching clip boards.
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Dreaming The Night Field (Issue: 113)

The performers approached the stage and began to sing whilst they slowly arranged an assortment of tree branches, resting them upon each other in different positions.
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The Map and the Clock (Issue: 113)

Sitting in Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre’s Theatre Bar Café, way too early for the theatre doors to open, I think about who goes to poetry recitals
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Yfory (Issue: 113)

Post Brexit, many of us have felt like letting out an angry cry of despair. Siôn Eirian has framed his despair with a proscenium arch and called it Yfory (Tomorrow).
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Negative Space (Issue: 113)

I attended a production of the play Negative Space at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Tuesday 28 February.
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Oubliette: A performance by Ellen Bell (Issue: 113)

Is it all about sewing? Nicola Heywood Thomas had asked. She’d interviewed me for the Radio Wales Arts Show the previous week about my Oubliette performance at Oriel Davies (OD).
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Breaking the Spell of Loneliness (Issue: 113)

On Saturday 11 February at 8pm I attended the event ‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness’ by George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
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Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine (Issue: 113)

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine
Rarely do books invoke a state of critical paralysis in me, but the stories in Diane Williams’ Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine have managed just that. As a consequence I offer you an uncertain and idiosyncratic response – an
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Goodbye, Vanity Street; Hello, Opportunity Avenue! (Issue: 113)

Goodbye, Vanity Street; Hello, Opportunity Avenue!
I'll probably never pay for a book of mine to be published. But I was tempted and I'm willing to say so. I considered paying a company to publish a story collection, having failed to convince anyone else
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No Man's Land (Issue: 112)

15 December 2016, the National Theatre screened a live performance of Harold Pinter’s classic play No Man’s Land, broadcast from Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. The production was directed by Sean Mathias, and starred Patrick Stewart, Ian
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Artes Mundi7 – Nástio Mosquito (Issue: 112)

Artes Mundi7 is one of Wales’ biggest contemporary visual arts exhibitions and the largest art prize in the UK. Nástio Mosquito is premiering The Transitory Suppository; the first chapter of a larger project, which revolves around a fictional dictator
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Dave Ball: Searching for the Welsh Landscape (Issue: 113)

This exhibition explores the concept of ‘Welshness’ through a personal hunt for the ‘archetypal Welsh mountain’. The questions it raises are serious, but Ball manages to avoid the sometimes fraught nature of the search for national identity by dep
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Hay Festival – Winter Weekend (Issue: 113)

We arrived an hour early for my first event of the day, a talk by Polly Morland on her newest book Metamorphosis, so we browsed some of the many second-hand book shops that Hay is famous for before heading to the Swan Hotel.

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Polaris (Issue: 112)

On 20 November 2016, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre welcomed Michael Sabbaton as part of Abertoir, Wales’ national horror festival. On stage, he performed a mesmerising monologue of H. P. Lovecraft’s dream-inspired short story of the same name, ‘Polari
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Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Story 3 (Episode 5 – 6), Series 3 (Issue: 112)

Writer: Jeff Murphy; Welsh adaptation: Caryl Lewis. Y Gwyll/Hinterland was co-created by Ed Thomas and Ed Talfan for Fiction Factory, and is broadcasting this autumn; credits for the episodes reviewed here include director, Gareth Bryn, co-producers Ed Ta
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Voice and Verse (Issue: 112)

Voice and Verse is a bi-monthly evening of poetry and live music hosted by Rhys Milsom and Rob Cullen. The event took place at Octavo’s Book Café and Wine Bar in Cardiff Bay on 11 November at 7pm. The next evening will take place around 13 January. Exa
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R. S. Thomas: Too Brave to Dream (Issue: 112)

A Friends of the Glynn Vivian and Dylan Thomas Centre Joint Lecture, on the publication of R. S. Thomas’ poetry, Too Brave to Dream took place at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, on 6 November 2016.

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Crossing Borders (Issue: 112)

The scheduling of ‘Crossing Borders’, – the Museum of Modern Art’s one-day conference on art and literature, accompanying its new exhibition, ‘Four painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country’ – could hardly have been more timely.
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John Macfarlane’s exhibition (Issue: 112)

John Macfarlane’s latest exhibition at Martin Tinney Gallery is small but tightly focused. It centres on his recent work designing scenery and costume with the Royal Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, and Chicago Lyric Opera.
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New Poetry and Fiction at Chapter (Issue: 112)

Walking into Chapter Arts Centre, I was immediately hit with a wall of noise.
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The Cardiff Book Festival (Issue: 112)

Just four months ago a small number of us attended the launch for the first ever Cardiff Book Festival.
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Imaginary Worlds, Oriel Davies Gallery (Issue: 112)

Walking into Newtown’s Oriel Davies at 10.10am on a Saturday morning, I find my passage impeded by an elderly woman attempting to manoeuvre a brand-spanking-new mobility scooter.
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The Weir (Issue: 112)

The souls of the dead, when they are not hanging around funereal monuments and sepulchres, are haunting the souls of certain living persons, day and night.
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in solution (Issue: 112)

The title of David Barnes’ latest exhibition comes from Raymond Williams’ Marxism and Literature.
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Quentin Blake: Inside Stories (Issue: 112)

What does an illustrator think about? The question is posed as you walk into Quentin Blake: Inside Stories, currently on display at National Museum Cardiff. The answer is wonderfully revealed in the exhibition through years’ worth of Blake’s storyboar
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City of the Unexpected (Issue: 112)

The day began waiting for something to happen by the Prince of Wales pub. In front of us are a number of cranes.
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This must be the place I never wanted to leave… (Issue: 111)

Last week the Hastings-based artist Tom Banks was announced as the winner of the £1000 Beep Wales International Painting Prize 2016 with his oil on canvas ‘MetaVita II’.
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The Button Project, curated by Jo Dahn (Issue: 111)

A fluorescent yellow sheet of A4 paper, with the caption HOLIDAY HEROES, has been taped onto the sign advertising the Ceramics Gallery’s current show.
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Folk, Tuplet & A Mighty Wind (Issue: 111)

"What would life be without rhythm?” asks a sassy American voice during a scene-change in Tuplet. It is a fitting epigraph for the whole evening’s performance: a presentation of three contemporary dance pieces performed back-to-back at the theatre of
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Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers, Liberty Stadium (Issue: 111)

Rain is a thinly veiled threat on a muggy, bank holiday Saturday in Swansea as over 20,000 people gather at the Liberty Stadium to see the Manic Street Preachers perform the entirety of their 1996 album, Everything Must Go.

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Walking in Coleridge’s Footsteps: From Pandy to Hay Festival (Issue: 111)

Maverick opera singer Richard Parry led a public excursion from Pandy to Hay Literary Festival in May.
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The Elephant’s Foot: Accidents, Disaster and Poetry (Issue: 111)

Last month I released a new book, or I didn’t release a new book. I’m not sure. I know I didn’t launch anything, not in the usual sense.
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Cardiff Book Festival Launch (Issue: 111)

Cardiff has its fair share of festivals, and has recently played host to the annual festival of children’s literature, which started in 2013.
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Elizabeth Brickell at TestBed (Issue: 111)

Elizabeth Brickell’s installation in Oriel Davies’ TestBed space is a conundrum. A puzzle to solve. There is not much to go on.
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Oriel Davies Open 2016: Painting (Issue: 110)

Anything sort of strikes you? a man in a beige canvas jacket asks a woman in turquoise patent leather shoes. No, says the woman, not yet.

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John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (Issue: 110)

John Akomfrah was born in 1957 in Ghana and currently lives and works in London.
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Jenny Hall’s Hollow at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 110)

Tucked away right at the end of this exhibition is a tiny cross-sectional drawing of a copper mine in Finland. The drawing is anonymous, but is dated 1826. It is slight, delicate and also rather strange.
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Made Anew: Stories from the Broken and Mended (Issue: 110)

I’m a mender. Make it go another day, my Nanny used to say. I darn, patch and blanket stitch. I don’t glue, preferring the slow, by-hand process of needle through cloth.
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The Glass Menagerie (Issue: 110)

On Saturday 12 March, I went to watch Theatr Pena’s production of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Originally premiering in Chicago in the 1940s, Tennessee Williams’ four-character play is an intense glimpse into the fractures tha
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Scratch Night at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 110)

Scratch night is a great example of creative and performing arts students doing what they do best: being creative, experimental and forward-thinking.
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Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War (Issue: 110)

In 1917, the Department of Information approached well known British artists to contribute to a portfolio of lithographic prints.
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Miss Hokusai (Issue: 110)

Miss Hokusai is a Japanese animation film directed by Keiichi Harra, based on the manga by Hinako Sugiura. It was screened at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 19 February.
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The Human Face (Issue: 110)

The Human Face exhibition is formed from the private collection of Chris Ingram and includes a diverse range of portraits and sculptures, each depicting a unique take on portraiture.
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Scattered (Issue: 110)

‘Scattered’ is a play written by Tim Baker and directed by John Young. It was staged at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on 3 and 4 February, and at Theatr Clwyd on 5 and 6 February.
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Shadow of a Quiet Society at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 110)

The premier of Shadow of a Quiet Society, a new dance theatre production by the Gwyn Emberton Dance Company, was performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 20 January as part of a Welsh tour that recently ended.
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The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, Cardiff (Issue: 110)

National Theatre Wales’ 'Candylion' felt, rather aptly, like an evening on the ultimate sugar rush. Brimming with technicolour hype, Cardiff’s cricket stadium hardly knew what hit it.
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Words & Words & Words, December, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 110)

Declaration of Interest: Katya Johnson is a blogger in residence for New Welsh Review, a contributor to the event, and also herself took part in its open mic slot

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Touch Blue Touch Yellow Chapter Arts Centre (Issue: 110)

'Touch Blue Touch Yellow' had an instant, hard-hitting impact. A boy hovered near the doorway, jutting forward every so often to call 'hello face!' as people entered the theatre.
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House, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (Issue: 109)

The last vestiges of Storm Barney are pounding the Oriel Davies Gallery. Rain is lashing at its windows and glass-fronted doors. Visitors are being blown in, pack-a-macs flapping and umbrellas dripping.
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Experimentica15, Chapter Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

Gabriel Dharmoo’s ‘Anthropologies Imaginaires’ certainly shook up the ear drums, but this was far from a typical Friday night soundtrack.
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Frizzi 2 Fulci at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

Maestro Fabio Frizzi and his six piece orchestra take one of the more obscure collaborations, the horror movie score, and offer something rarely experienced from modern Hollywood, even from the horror genre:
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Clare Woods: A Tree A Rock A Cloud (Issue: 109)

Clare Woods’ touring exhibition ‘A Tree A Rock A Cloud’ has been making a number of scenic pit-stops around the country.
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Harry Holland and NoFit State (Issue: 109)

Last month, my housemate’s cousin stayed with us. I asked her what she did and she replied that she was an aerialist and acrobat.
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Parallel Lines, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

Dirty Protest’s gripping production, ‘Parallel Lines’, played to a full theatre in Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday 30 October.
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Not About Heroes (Issue: 109)

A touching examination of the love that existed within the Great War, Stephen MacDonald’s ‘Not About Heroes’ is as simple in execution as it is terrifying in pathos.
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Diffusions Photography Festival – Looking for America (Issue: 109)

EE Cummings wrote that ‘America is always on the move’ and so is Google Earth’s strange little van that seems to be following me around Cardiff;
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‘“The Secret Workings of Nature”: Robert Hooke and Early Science’, National Library of Wales (Issue: 109)

This modest exhibition situated in a top-floor annexe of the National Library of Wales celebrates the 350th anniversary of the publication of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia.
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A Cartographer’s Den (Issue: 109Nathan Munday)

There is a new cartographer’s den at the National Museum Cardiff. Maps, fossils and more maps fill its new exhibition on the second floor.
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Still Life, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

On Wednesday 21 October, I went to see Mappa Mundi’s chilling ‘Still Life’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
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‘Wilde Without the Boy’, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

Everyone knows that Oscar Wilde was sent to prison in 1885 for having a homosexual relationship even if they haven’t read a single line of his plays.
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The Phantom of the Opera at Castell Coch (Issue: 109)



The story of a ghostly figure's ruthless desire for an opera singer certainly fitted the bill for an event in Chapter's Tainted Love season.
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Artist Rooms: Robert Mapplethorpe, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

In the summer of 1978 or 1979 I saw Patti Smith at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester.
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Words & Words & Words at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

Last week (7 October), Aberystwyth Arts Centre hosted the first of a series of events entitled Words & Words & Words, comprising innovative spoken word and poetry and organised by Mary Jacob.
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Kotatsu Anime Festival, Cardiff & Aberystwyth (Issue: 109)

Last weekend, Saturday 10 October, the Kotatsu Anime Festival came to Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Organised by Cardiff-based Eiko Ishii Meredith, Kotatsu is the only film festival of its kind in Wales.
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Clicking Fingers – Knowmadic Ali visits the Bay (Issue: 109)

The poem on the Millennium Centre is huge but big songs were sung behind its letters on Tuesday night. I got off the train.
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Abertoir Tenth Anniversary Exhibition (Issue: 109)

Vincent Price, the figurehead of twentieth-century horror, and Abertoir’s Patron Saint, is the main attraction.
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Iliad (Issue: 109)

Early on Saturday morning, 26 September, I journeyed to Llanelli in blazing sunshine for National Theatre Wales' highly-anticipated 'Iliad'. Many hours later I returned to Cardiff, not just deflated but acutely disappointed.
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Dismaland: A Kaleidoscope of Visionary Exasperation (Issue: 109)




Sunset was scheduled for 7.15pm on our weekend visit to Dismaland. Brilliant, our 7pm ticket would whisk us into Banksy’s bemusement park just in time for a dramatic backdrop! Wishful thinking.
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The Good Earth, Chapter Arts Centre (Issue: 109)

On arrival, first impressions were flawless: beautifully crafted pamphlets greeted each audience member taking a seat in Chapter’s Stiwdio. These introduced Motherlode’s five players and sketched a timeline of their drama, ‘The Good Earth’.
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150, Patagonia (Issue: 108)

A story as epic as the Welsh emigration to Patagonia requires an epic retelling, and in this, NTW has succeeded.
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Philip Eglin, Slipping the Trail & Responding to the Buckley Pottery in the Aberystwyth Collection (Issue: 108)

Saturday morning and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre is teeming with little girls. Hundreds of them, their tiny squirming pigeon-breasted forms made all the more slippery in pink, turquoise and mauve Lycra, skipping, running and squealing.
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Dark Movements, exhibition by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 108)

The foundation of this exhibition is the series of drawings entitled The Mare’s Tale produced by Clive Hicks-Jenkins in the early years of this century and shortly after the death of his father, Trevor.
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About the Time I Hid in Between Hills (Issue: 108)

If Wales is the hidden gem of Britain, then the Dylan Thomas Summer School is the hidden gem of academia.
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Tiffany Atkinson’s So Many Moving Parts (Issue: 108)

Tiffany Atkinson’s So Many Moving Parts is not the book she set out to write. That book was ‘a collection about bodies’ she says, but then admits: ‘As soon as you try to write to an agenda it doesn’t work.
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The Lost Notebook of Dylan Thomas (Issue: 108)

Jeff Towns recalls the most satisfying moment was hearing the gavel crash down declaring the Swansea University bid he was fronting as the winner. There were high fives in Sotheby’s last November.
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Neil Gaiman at Hay Festival (Issue: 108)

The mid-festival slump I experienced was thankfully short-lived. This was mostly due to the fact that I had a precious ticket to see Neil Gaiman in conversation on Friday evening.
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Bleeps of Sheep and a Grandfather Tree (Issue: 108)

I have to admit something, and I’m ashamed to do so, but I do believe in honesty, so here goes. I’m not sure if I ever knew Wales existed before I came here to attend the Dylan Thomas International Summer School.
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Hay Festival: Needs More Variety? (Issue: 108)

If Mum and I have learnt anything over the last few days, it was that we were overzealous when we booked tickets back in April.
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Hay Festival 2015 (Issue: 108)

Hay Festival is one of the most important cultural events of the year. Turning Hay-on-Wye into a bustling celebration of art and science, the festival brings visitors from all over the world.
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Is 'How the Light' Hay Festival's Edinburgh Fringe? (Issue: 108)

In recent years I’ve enjoyed taking a break from books and literature by heading downhill, away from the main Hay Festival towards the river (the border with England) and How the Light Gets In festival.
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To Kill a Machine (Issue: 107)

On Wednesday 6 May, I went to the opening night of To Kill a Machine at Arad Goch’s town venue in Aberystwyth.
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Mordant, TestBed exhibition, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (Issue: 107)

‘You be careful,’ says a bystander to Eliza Dolittle in Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’, ‘there’s a bloke here behind taking down every blessed word you’re saying.’

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Poet Paul Farley in Aberystwyth – 29 April 2015 (Issue: 107)

Liverpudlian poet Paul Farley lives between Lancaster and London. He has, he says, never ‘felt rooted or attached to a place’ since his childhood in Liverpool,
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The Short Story in Wales, Welsh Academy relaunch, 25 May (Issue: 107)




Last weekend saw a day of celebration in Aberystwyth’s National Library, where writers, readers and academics came together in support of the short story in Wales.
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Tides, Catrin Finch's Debut Album as Composer (Issue: 107)

‘All my musical life is here,’ Catrin Finch says of Tides, her first record to be entirely made up of her own compositions.
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Dirty Aberystwyth (Issue: 107)

On Wednesday 18 March, Cardiff-based Dirty Protest came to Aberystwyth Arts Centre for their first ‘Dirty Aberystwyth’ show.
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Crouch Touch Pause Engage (Issue: 107)

‘I fucking breathe the fact I’m from Bridgen,’ spits the rugby player ‘It’s what forged me… made me what I’ve become…’ Alfie bursts onto the stage in the opening seconds to declare his defiant pride in his hometown of Bridgend.
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This Last Tempest, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 17 February (Issue: 107)

This Last Tempest is a story formed in the silence that follows Shakespeare’s last play. Uninvited Guests and Fuel allow the audience to linger on the island, to see Ariel and Caliban both celebrate and struggle to adapt to Prospero’s absence.
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Mary Lloyd Jones in Aberystwyth (Issue: 106)

The publication of No Mod Cons coincides with the opening of two exhibitions of Mary Lloyd Jones’ work in Aberystwyth – one at the Arts Centre and one at the Old College. All three events are timed to mark the artist’s eightieth birthday.
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A Poet’s Year (Issue: 106)

You drive. You drive towards the night. You drive towards the darkness and the sea, and when you get there you open the car door to the sound of seagulls, and this is another country, and it’s Wales.
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Editor Responds to Magazines Funding Row (Issue: 106)

A Twitter storm is not best braved when your email's gone down (again) and there's no IT support because you can't afford any.
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Cinnamon Press Poetry Event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 106)

Following publication in several magazines and journals, as well as a fully fledged poetry pamphlet, Tilt is Ros Hudis’ first complete poetry collection.
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Another Mumblecore Masterpiece: A Wonderful Christmas Time (Issue: 106)

Hot on the successful heels of Benny and Jolene, which debuted earlier this year, Welsh-born writer and director Jamie Adams has produced a second mumblecore masterpiece – and just in time for Christmas!

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Judge announces New Welsh Writing Awards longlist (Issue: 106)

The process of choosing the longlist for the New Welsh Writing Awards has been unexpectedly delightful.
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Bob Dylan and the Bells of Rhymney (Issue: 105)

This month has seen the release of The Basement Tapes Complete, which is volume eleven and the latest instalment of the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series.
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Dance performance Caitlin in Swansea (Issue: 105)

We sit in a circle of chairs set up for an AA meeting. Caitlin (Eddie Ladd) opens the meeting with ‘My name is Caitlin and I am an alcoholic’.
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Bedazzled: A Welshman in New York (Issue: 105)

You know when it gets to a few days before Christmas and you’ve heard ‘Fairytale of New York’ 864 times in the last 23 days and all you want to do in life is smash the rest of Shane MacGowan’s rotten teeth in?
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James Dickson Innes at MOMA, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth, until 8 November (Issue: 105)

If you missed The National Museum’s comprehensive Landscapes by JD Innes, Beauty Most Wild earlier this year then you are in luck!
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Welsh Short Story Network, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 15 October (Issue: 105)

Tucked in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s bar and lounge upstairs is a fairly small space some readers may recognize as the Talks and Spoken Word Performance Theatre (or to theatre buffs, the Round Studio).
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For the Birds, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve 2–5 October 2014 (Issue: 105)

Rolling down the car window I ask for Rosie. Which one? replies the parking-attendant at Ynys-hir’s RSPB Reserve before directing me towards a marquee at the end of the field.
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American Interior in Welsh (Issue: 105)

On Sunday night, 14 September, S4C premiered the brilliant Welsh-language documentary I Grombil Cyfandir Pell: American Interior (Into the Bowels of a Far Continent) by musician Gruff Rhys.
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Pilgrims in Crow Country (Issue: 104)

Having recently finished Mark Cocker's Crow Country: now I know the ancestral importance of rookeries & how rooks & jackdaws don't mind sharing nest-space; also the beauty of Norfolk's flat landscape (though I need some more persuading on that point).
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Seeking a new Rachel Carson! (Issue: 104)

My summer reading has gone au naturel. I’ve weened myself off my usually favoured voice-heavy teenagers and a spate of uncharacteristic historical travel essays and pared my reading down to what’s essential in life: air, water, land.

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Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression (Issue: r12)

Chris Moss admires a deeper, bolder search for meaning and mental calm from a wide and generous reader and daring reformer of the memoir genre
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Wonderfulgood: A Look at Variety in the Dublin Performance Scene (Issue: 104)

Alicia Byrne Keane enjoys the freedom, variety and interdisciplinary panache of Dublin’s Wonderfulgood Collective

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Dylan Ha Ha Ha: Dylan Thomas at the National Library (Issue: 104)

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
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Gregory Peck, Evel Knievel and the Chartists: on My Family and Other Superheroes (Issue: 104)

Cardiff International Poetry Competition nominee Jonathan Edwards describes the process of combining history, ancestors and popular culture in his debut collection for Seren, My Family and Other Superheroes
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The Eye International Photography Festival (Issue: 104)

Jake Oliver enjoyed the recent international photography festival, The Eye, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Seren Publisher Takes Up European Schwob Fellowship (Issue: 104)

Welsh classics A Toy Epic and Un Nos Ola Leuad part of E200,000 European translation scheme while Seren publisher Mick Felton takes up Schwob Fellowship.
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Mametz, National Theatre Wales until 5 July (Issue: 104)

Brian Roper reviews National Theatre Wales' production 'Mametz', inspired by Owen Sheers' poem 'Mametz Wood' and the work of war poets including David Jones, Siegried Sasson, Llewelyn Wyn Griffith and Sheers' great-great uncle, William Gwyn Davies.
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Surfing the Digital New Wave: Benny and Jolene (Issue: 104)

Mari Ellis Dunning hails a masterpiece of Welsh comedy in director Jamie Adams’ debut feature film starring Submarine and Fresh Meat stars and airing Welsh talent and locations
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Tea with Mamgu, London Welsh Centre (Issue: 104)

Craig Thomas was at the London Welsh Centre's showing of comedy 'Tea with Mamgu' last month
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Sunbathing in Siberia & West Wales (Issue: 104)

Mao Jones, aka Michael A Oliver-Semenov, tours Wales on publication of his Siberian memoir, Sunbathing in Siberia
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The Things He Saw One Day in May (Issue: 103)

Richard Gwyn, aka Ricardo Blanco writes from Mexico where he is travelling as part of his Creative Wales Ambassadorship

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Machynlleth lecture on Welsh artist Thomas Jones timed for summer edition publication (Issue: 103)

Michael Tomlinson delivers MOMA lecture in Machynlleth on 21 May on eve of publication of New Welsh Review's summer edition, in which his piece, 'Small-scale Ambition, Michael Tomlinson reinterprets Thomas Jones' "A Wall in Naples (c1782)"' appears.
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Burrard Inlet and The Scrapbook (Issue: 103)

Mari Ellis Dunning was at the Aberystwyth launch of Tyler Keevil’s second, Book of the Year shortlisted novel, The Drive, and Carly Holmes’ debut novel...
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Mexico, Violence and Random Bad Luck (Issue: 103)

Richard Gwyn, aka Ricardo Blanco writes from Mexico where he is travelling as part of his Creative Wales Ambassadorship
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Arts Council of Wales Strategy for Creativity and the Arts (Issue: 103)

Jemma L King lauds this manifesto to overhal a nation's psychology in order to foster a healthy arts industry in Wales
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Veracruz by Night (Issue: 103)

Richard Gwyn, aka Ricardo Blanco writes from Mexico where he is travelling as part of his Creative Wales Ambassadorship
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Day Dreaming About The Good Times? Paul Reas Ffotogallery exhibition (Issue: 103)

Craig Thomas reviews working class photographer Paul Reas' retrospective of the political aftermath of the Eighties
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Dead Interviews (Issue: 103)

New Welsh Review at the London Book Fair 2014.
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‘Dylan Live’ in Aberystwyth (Issue: 103)

Amy McCauley was at last week's performance of 'Dylan Live' on Aberystwyth University's campus.
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History & Nationhood in Cynan Jones' The Dig (Issue: 103)

NWR editor lauds the overlooked national and historical themes of Cynan Jones' novella The Dig
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Caradoc Evans’ My People as Dance (Issue: 103)

Jake Oliver was at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 20 March to view Gwyn Emberton’s adaptation into dance of Caradoc Evans’ acerbic stories, My People
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BBC, Wales and Arts Funding (Issue: 103)

NWR editor welcomes the BBC's new emphasis on the arts but is concerned that it should work in Wales with grassroots publishers as well as with other large corporations and umbrella bodies
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NWR Records First Book Group (Issue: 103)

NWR editor Gwen Davies last night was part of the magazine's first ever book group, recorded for an upcoming podcast on authors and book news from Wales.
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xx Minifest Women’s Writing Festival 2014 (Issue: 103)

Craig Thomas was at the xx Wales Minifest Women's Writing Festival at Chapter, Cardiff
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Meri Wells, MOMA Machynlleth (Issue: 102)

Michael Tomlinson visits MOMA at Machynlleth to assess the ceramics of Meri Wells
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Llareggub: Peter Blake Illustrates Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, National Museum Cardiff (Issue: 102)

Michael Tomlinson visits the exhibition Llareggub at the National Museum Cardiff, where Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood
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Gladstone’s Library - A stupendous place for writers in north Wales (Issue: 102)

Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library, Vanessa Gebbie, encourages all writers to use this residential library near Chester
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Philip Gross launches 'Later' at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Issue: 102)

Philip Gross launches his latest poetry collection, 'Later' (Bloodaxe) at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, 6-8 December 2013 (Issue: 102)

Kittie Belltree reports from the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival at the Arts Centre, 6-8 December 2013
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Al Lewis – A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Issue: 102)

Al Lewis’ single puts a Welsh spin on Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas songs
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Did RS Thomas Believe in God? (Issue: 102)

Rob Mimpriss heard former and current Archbishops Rowan Williams and Barry Morgan discuss RS Thomas’ faith with Prof M Wynn Thomas at Swansea last month
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A Snow Goose and Other Utopian Stories (Issue: 102)

Mari Ellis Dunning was at the launch of mountaineer and nature writer Jim Perrin’s debut short story collection at Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop
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Parallel Lines, Chapter, Cardiff, 21 November 2013 (Issue: 101)

Brian Roper reviews Dirty Protest's play presented at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, last week.
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Shani Rhys James and The Rivalry of Flowers (Issue: 101)

Ellen Bell meets Shani Rhys James in the second week of her major exhibition, The Rivalry of Flowers at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Typhoon’s album White Lighter (Issue: 101)

Jonathan Doyle reviews Typhoon's album White Lighter which explores mortality and a lost childhood
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Welsh Short Story Network Event (Issue: 101)

Caroline Stockford attended last night's debut Welsh Short Story Network event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Reith Lectures & Hinterland (Issue: 101)

Gwen Davies on Grayson Perry's Reith lectures and Hinterland-Y Gwyll episode 3
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Y Creadur/The Creature by Harri Gwynn (Issue: 101)

Mari Ellis Dunning reviews Harri Gwynn's 'Y Creadur', performed in Welsh by Twm Morys and in his English translation by Robert Minhinnick at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 30 October 2013
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North Wales International Poetry Festival (Issue: 101)

North Wales International Poetry Festival Aberystwyth Readings
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Cerys Matthews sings ‘Happy Birthday, Dear Dylan….’ (Issue: 101)

Cerys Matthews sings ‘Happy Birthday, Dear Dylan….’
Brian Roper interviews Cerys Matthews on the 99th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birthday
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Blinc Digidol Conwy's Digital Arts Festival (Issue: 101)

Rob Mimpriss Reviews Blinc Digidol, Conwy's Digital Arts Festival, 25-26 October
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Wales at Womex (Issue: 101)

Swedish folk group Navarra impresses Gwen Davies at Womex 2013, held this weekend in Cardiff's Millennium Centre, where Wales were host country
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Little Arrow – Wild Wishes (Issue: 101)

Jonathan Doyle reviews Little Arrow's 11-track album Wild Wishes, made in Pembrokeshire
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Good at Self-Deprecation? Not Really. Aime Williams at London Welsh Litfest (Issue: 101)

Aime Williams covers the Wales, Bloomsbury & Beyond day at the London Welsh Centre's Litfest, and muses on self-deprecation, Pinocchio and rapping about tea.
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PD @ C2 (Issue: 101)

Dan Anthony's personal view of Pembroke Dock as the town gears up for its two-hundredth celebrations.
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A Donkey-load of Silver (Issue: 101)

NWR editor Gwen Davies reads Owain Hughes' memoir of life on the Dwyryd estuary and asks whether this may signal a trend for privileged and deracinated north-Wales memoirs by children of artistic parentage
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Dandelion by Patrick Jones (Issue: 101)

Rob Mimpriss considers controversy and vilification in his review of Patrick Jones’ play Dandelion
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NWR Spring 2014 Reviews Selection (Issue: 101)

NWR Editor Gwen Davies exclusively reveals her spring 2014 Reviews selection
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The Welsh Winter Wren (Issue: 101)

Mark Cocker's Birds and People inspires Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis to consider poets and birds for NWR's spring edition.
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Editor's Cultured Week (Issue: 101)

NWR editor Gwen Davies' cultured weeks takes in books, theatre & Japanese animation
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Wales Book of the Year Ceremony (Issue: 100)

NWR editor at Wales Book of the Year, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, 18 July 2013
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Two Events with Rhian Edwards (Issue: 100)

Upcoming events with poet Rhian Edwards, Book of the Year contender
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Digital Content for Businesses at the National Library (Issue: 100)

The National Library of Wales, in a £2.3 million ERDF- & Welsh Government-funded project, is making millions of images and texts available to businesses free of charge; Gwen Davies attends the Digido/Digital Content for Business event at the Library.
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Audio file Gwen Davies talks to Prof Julian Preece and Chris Keil, Hay Festival, 2 June 2013 (Issue: 100)

Audio file Gwen Davies talks to critic and academic Prof Julian Preece and novelist Chris Keil at the Hay Festival, 2 June 2013
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Resist the Pie-Chart. Funding for English Periodicals in Wales (Issue: 100)

The ‘kitchen table’ scenario whereby our only cultural output in terms of literary magazines is relegated to the extra-curricular activity of a pocket of enthusiasts, should only appeal to a small demographic and it absolutely must not be allowed
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Keeping Up with the Joneses, NWR at Hay Festival 28 May 2013 (Issue: 100)

NWR editor's conversation with Lloyd Jones and Cynan Jones about their novellas' themes of rugby, male identity, mental health breakdown and rubbish fathers.
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NWR 100 Preview 14 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 14; subscribe now to view the full poem, ‘So’, by Maria Apichella, by securing your copy; reduced subscription package launched this week, save up to 40% on cover price wi
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NWR 100 Preview 15 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 15; subscribe now to read the full story, ‘Boa Constrictor’, Rachel Trezise, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save up to 40% on
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NWR 100 Preview 12 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 12; subscribe now to read the full essay, Tokyo Spaces’, Jayne Joso, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save up to 40% on cover pri
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NWR 100 Preview 13 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 13; subscribe now to view the full photo-essay ‘The Manufactured Coastscape in Wales’; reduced subscription package launched this week, save up to 40% on cove
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NWR 100 Preview 10 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 10; subscribe now to read the full story, The Tapas Machine’, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save up to 40% on cover price with
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NWR 100 Preview 11 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May; teaser-taster no. 11; subscribe now to read the full essay, Julia Forster's ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save
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Tambourine Suckling (Issue: 99)

Wales Book of the Year contender Rhian Edwards on her residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, due to end next week.
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NWR 100 Preview 8 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 8; subscribe now to read the full poem, ‘Regent’s Canal (by Danbury Street’, Jorge Fondebrider, by securing your copy; new subscription package, save up to 40% on the co
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NWR 100 Preview 9 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 9; subscribe now to read the full story, ‘My Mary Jane’ by Rhian Edwards, by securing your copy; today launches new reduced subscription package, save up to 40% on cover p
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NWR 100 Preview 6 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 6; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘The Rice Paper Diaries’, Francesca Rhydderch, NWR 100
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NWR 100 Preview 7 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May; teaser-taster no. 7; subscribe now to read the full poem by securing your copy: From ‘View of Valleys High Street from Café Window’, Jonathan Edwards, NWR 100
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NWR 100 Preview 4 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes a week tomorrow, Sat 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 4; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘Lifeboat’, Cynan Jones, NWR 100
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NWR 100 Preview 5 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes a week tomorrow, Sat 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 5; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘A Perfect Queen’, Inés Garland
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NWR 100 Preview 3 (Issue: 99)

NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes a week Saturday, 25 May. Here is our third preview; 'The Anatomy of Beating' by João Morais; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy, available in print, app & epub formats.
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DeviantArt Social Network (Issue: 99)

Sam Needs looks at DeviantArt social network for artists and writers
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NWR 100 Preview 1 (Issue: 99)

First in a series of seventeen teasers providing previews of contents for NWR's landmark hundredth issue: ‘New Man, Neuman, An Argentinian Family Memoir’ by Andrés Neuman
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NWR 100 Preview 2 (Issue: 99)

Second in a series of seventeen teasers providing previews of contents for NWR's landmark hundredth issue: ‘Myth’, poem by Bruce Bond
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Official Wales Book of the Year Shortlist (13/05/2013)

Literature Wales Book of the Year Shortlist
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NWR's Alternative Wales Book of the Year Shortlist (Issue: 99)

NWR Editor Gwen Davies makes her prediction for Monday's Wales Book of the Year shortlist.
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International Art English in Wales (Issue: 99)

Joao Morais surveys recent visual art exhibitions in south Wales and asks why artists' literature tends towards the pretentious in their use of International Art English
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All the Souls (Issue: 99)

Gwen Davies looks at the novella at the heart of Mary-Ann Constantine's collection, All the Souls.
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Dispatch from Slovenia Three, I Am Not an Elf (Issue: 99)


Christopher Meredith’s third and final dispatch from Slovenia.

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Bradley Manning, Baader-Meinhof & Legs Akimbo (Issue: 99)

NWR editor looks at political theatre & fiction in the digital and analogue eras, and offers insight into the creative decisions, as well as serendipity, underpinning magazine commissioning.
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Dispatch from Slovenia 2, Dogs and Toddlers (Issue: 99)

Christopher Meredith spent the second part of his two-centre residency at Goga publishers in Novo Mesto, Slovenia; here is the second of three dispatches
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Dispatch from Slovenia 1, A Bend in the River (Issue: 99)

Christopher Meredith spent the second part of his two-centre residency at Goga publishers in Novo Mesto, Slovenia; here is the first of three dispatches.
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Mark Tredinnick at Aberystwyth (Issue: 99)

Australian poet and writer on landscape, Mark Tredinnick visits Aberystwyth on NWR Wales Tour.
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Mark Tredinnick Filmed at Aberystwyth University (Issue: 99)

Mark Tredinnick filmed reading his poem 'Stopped by the Road at the End of the World' from his collection Fire Diary
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Cynan Jones on the Sunday Times Shortlist (25/02/2013)

NWR contributor Cynan Jones shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award.
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NWR Editor's pick of early spring 2013 titles from Wales (Issue: 98)

NWR Editor's pick of early spring 2013 titles from Wales.
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Poets who Translate, Richard Gwyn in Istanbul (Issue: 98)

Participating in a LAF translation workshop in Istanbul, Richard Gwyn slurps sahlep, the 'liquid polyfilla of the Levant' and considers translation weirdness on the high street.
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Aberaeron author Cynan Jones is £30,000 short story prize nominee (Issue: 98)

Cynan Jones, west Wales author and NWR contributor, has been longlisted for the £30,000 Sunday Times Short Story Award.
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Second Annual Flash Fiction Day, Swansea (Issue: 98)

Second annual Flash Fiction Day at Tapestri, Swansea, Thursday 23 January 2013.
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The Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition (Issue: 98)

One hundred pounds first prize for short story competition in memory of a Welsh writer with Laugharne and Swansea connections.
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Paul Griffiths responds to Michael Nath's piece on atheism in NWR 98 (Issue: 98)

Paul Griffiths responds to Michael Nath's piece on atheism in NWR 98
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Forests, Rocks, Lakes

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In the last of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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Stopping to Drink, Stopping Drinking (Issue: 98)

In the sixth of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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Pictures, Tongues, Cities

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In the fifth of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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How to Pronounce Jyväskylä (Issue: 98)

In the fourth of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland. A lesson from the master, on Finnish pronunciation and eating very very large pizzas.
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Finns are Very Polite People

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In the third of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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Aaltitude (Issue: 98)

The second of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from this autumn’s residency at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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Waterland (Issue: 98)

In the first of seven dispatches, novelist and poet Christopher Meredith reports from his residency this autumn at Jyväskylä Writers’ House, Finland.
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A Reader’s Christmas Holiday, Best Served Melancholy (Issue: 98)

Nia Davies celebrates the melancholy side of Christmas, in poetry and children's favourites
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Support our publishing industry: buy one literary mag or book produced in Wales this Christmas (Issue: 98)

Julian Ruck on the Politics Show this weekend made the vague and inaccurate statement that there is no public scrutiny of the subsidy made to publish new editions of classic titles of Welsh writing in English in the Library of Wales imprint.
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Ruckus in Welsh Subsidised Publishing (Issue: 98)

Public Funding of the Arts in Wales featured on Sunday Politics Show, 2 December.
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Rugby Gods and a Cocktail of Bird, Blood, Snow (Issue: 97)

Lloyd Jones and Cynan Jones launch their contributions to Seren's Mabinogion series, See How They Run and Bird, Blood, Snow
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Curious Zoo (Issue: 97)

Preview of Jon Gower's show, 'Curious Zoo', Chapter, Cardiff, 12-15 & 19-22 December.
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A Day at the Literature Wales Writers’ Fair (Issue: 97)

The Literature Wales Writers’ Fair this autumn assembled a lot of talented and motivated writers, and parts of the presentation delivered useful instruction and ideas.
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Jon Gower at Gwyl Lyfrau Morlan, Aberystwyth (Issue: 97)

Gwen Davies in the company of Jon Gower at Gŵyl Lyfrau Morlan, the Welsh-medium annual festival for Welsh books in Aberystwyth town.
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Debate on Funded Magazines and Publishers in Wales (Issue: 97)


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xx Minifestest of Women's Writing (Issue: 97)


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New Critical Approach to Brenda Chamberlain Unveiled at Centenary Event (Issue: 97)

New critical approach to Brenda Chamberlain popularised at centenary event with editors Professor Damian Walford Davies and NWR's Gwen Davies
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In Her Element at Penfro (Issue: 97)

NWR enjoys an anthology of Women and the Landscape, In Her Element, at Penfro Book Festival.
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Response to 'Orkney', Islands on the Edge series, NWR97 (12/09/2012)


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Promising Starts (Issue: 97)

Juvenilia and the not so green products of our greatest writers
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Summer Reading 2012 (Issue: 96)

New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies shares her private summer reading pile.
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gimme shelter and Tŷ Unnos (21/08/2012)

Review of Antonia Dewhurst at Oriel Davies, Newtown: gimme shelter and Tŷ Unnos Test Bed and the Park, EXHIBITION ENDS 5th SEPTEMBER 2012


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Quick checklist of favourites from 26 Treasures (Issue: 96)

Quick checklist of favourites from 26 Treasures

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Sherman Cymru: The First Six Months (Issue: 96)

Sherman Cymru opens onto the student-dominated Senghennydd Road in Cardiff by way of a huge crescent window...
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The Last Hundred Years is Not an Historical Novel (Issue: 96)

Booker nominee Patrick McGuinness argues that his Ceausescu era-set novel The Last Hundred Years is not an historical novel, nor should creative writing students worry too much about research, nor indeed about their readers.
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New Welsh Review summer issue 2012 (Issue: 96)

HIghlights of the summer 2012 issue, out now.
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Wales Book of the Year Shortlist 2012 (Issue: 95)

The Book of the Year shortlist ceremony in Brecon last night was really well attended and organised
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Hay; summer author interviews and books; autumn preview (Issue: 95)

Hay; summer author interviews and books; autumn preview
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Konstantin by Tom Bullough, Lunar travel, Four dimensions (Issue: 95)

Faith in science and imperialist mission is at the heart of Tom Bullough’s new novel, Konstantin.
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Good Vibrations (Issue: 95)

Freeing the Poet's Voice course, Cove Park, Scotland
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The Archbishop, Arts for Teens and Crashing Cars (12/04/2012)

Literary tourism programme launched by archbishop; Young People's Laureate takes teenagers around her former convent school, Tredegar House; young people from four to eighteen treated to star performances at Arad Goch's Opening Doors performance festiva
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Dawn Chorus and Other Performances (Issue: 95)

Fiction Fiesta, The Life of Rebecca Jones, AWWE conference on performance, Agor Drysau Opening Doors festival, ‘Dawn Chorus’ installation at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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Far South for Sales (Issue: 95)

Avoid marketing hooks for centenaries such as Scott of the Antarctic's but don't miss the pearls in the snow such as Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch's Banjo
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Rhys Davies Short Story Competition (29/02/2012)

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and University of Glamorgan Author Interview Films
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26 Treasures (20/02/2012)

26 letters in the alphabet. 4 countries (currently) in the UK. 26 Treasures: The Book, a pan-national poetry anthology, has 10 days to get 151 supporters
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Chris Meredith’s new masterpiece The Book of Idiots (13/02/2012)

Christopher Meredith's last novel for adults was published in 1998, so his fanclub's been a long time waiting.
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Dorothy Edwards, aesthete or ‘socialist Welsh spy’? (06/02/2012)

This politically engaged author was brought up to expect imminent revolution by a mother who was a pit-head baths campaigner and a father who camped nude 'in order to establish the degree of materialism necessary for human survival.'
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Brave New World that Has Such Objects In It (30/01/2012)

My relationship with physical stuff was never easy.
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The Klezmer revival in Wales (24/01/2012)

Several Welsh bands are experimenting with the Eastern European Klezmer tradition and finding intriguing parallels.
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Handbag etiquette and A.N. Wilson roots for Wales! (23/01/2012)

Happy days, and yet too much pudding chokes the dog, as the Welsh idiom goes
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The Echo Chamber (19/01/2012)

Theatre Review
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Etchings for Primo Levi (18/01/2012)

Exhibition Review
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Julia Forster talks to Horatio Clare about The Prince's Pen (16/01/2012)

Horatio Clare's The Prince's Pen
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Lobbying for Libraries (09/01/2012)

Last month I interviewed poet and author Matthew Francis for New Welsh Review about his upcoming short story collection, Singing a Man to Death.
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Rosie's Story (28/11/2011)

I never knew my paternal grandmother. Nor did my father. She was persuaded to leave her marriage and her infant son for $500 in 1925.
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Coded Sexualities and Outside Views (21/11/2011)

On Thursday, Alan Llwyd's biography, Kate: Cofiant Kate Roberts 1891-1985, was published, and its claim that our respectable grande dame of Welsh fiction was bisexual, aired last night in an S4C documentary :Kate, Y Cofiant.
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Resistance: Between the Page and the Screen (14/11/2011)

Ten days ago, glamorous literary figures Owen Sheers and Francesca Rhydderch met at Aberystwyth Arts Centre to preview the new film Resistance, based on Sheers' novel imagining 1944 Britain under Nazi occupation, and starring Michael Sheen.
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Crotch-Rot, Gay Lib, the Payrolled Poseur (The Naked Civil Servant) and Contemporary Gay Fiction (08/11/2011)

As I was an infant in the late sixties, you will forgive my ignorance of how tight men's trousers had become...
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Interior Worlds: in conversation with Tessa Hadley and Deborah Kay Davies (07/11/2011)

For an event last week at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre, I was in conversation with Cardiff authors Tessa Hadley and Deborah Kay Davies (the latter via virtual interview, available in full here shortly).
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Halloween Poetry (31/10/2011)

The leaves are starting to fly from the trees in the park across the street, settling in pools of red and brown on the grass, and, for some reason, this makes me want to start reading poetry out loud...
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Rory MacLean, Berlin 'Wild Boy Clubbers', Nature Writing, Grief and Belonging (21/10/2011)

In 'Berlin Sensation: Second “Wild Boy” Found!', Rory MacLean's 6 October post on his Goethe Institut-hosted Meet the Germans blog, the Canadian travel writer traces a recent spate of Berlin 'wild boy' discoveries, one lost in the forest, the sec
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Catherine Fisher our new Young People's Laureate and other matters (18/10/2011)

Being pushed outside your comfort zone is salutary....
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Smithy, Super Thursday and the Evergreen Book as Gift. (10/10/2011)

Gavin and Stacey's Smithy did shove up a Severn Bridge toll barrier to 'break into Wales'. But when all's said and done, he is no champion of Wales.
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New Critics Day and Seren at Thirty (03/10/2011)

Admin is the bane of our lives, whether we are teachers, nurses or literary magazine editors.
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Preview of Fflur Dafydd's The White Trail (26/09/2011)

Fflur Dafydd writes in the current issue of New Welsh Review about the genesis of her second English novel, The White Trail,] published on 18 October.
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Academic Novelists are International Wall Breakers (12/09/2011)

Unfortunately Caernarfon-based Patrick McGuinness' Bucharest-set novel The Last Hundred Days didn't make the cut at last week's Man Booker Prize shortlisting...
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The Realities of Profit (12/09/2011)

One blessing of the recession is that the Co-op won't start draping tinsel round its Back to School alcove just as soon as those daps sell out. At New Welsh Review, however, September is the new December, since I've just edited all twenty-two p
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Coming of Age For All Ages, Teenage Fiction Recommendations (03/09/2011)

My son turned fourteen last month. Despite nights lost to computer games, he does still read...
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Goodness Gracious Me: Wake up to Wales, Radio Four! (02/09/2011)

Following his recent piece slamming Bred of Heaven, reviewer Roger Lewis is a dead cert for the Tacsi gong...
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Psychogeography: Latest Novels and Nonfiction by Iain Sinclair, Jim Perrin, Tristan Hughes and Richard Collins (08/08/2011)

Guy Debord's label, eschewing urban exclusivity, is 'the study of the... specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.'
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Reading India, Translating Wales (05/08/2011)

The half of my family that lives in England is prone to being metrocentric. Or at least my brother-in-law is, claiming as he has that St Albans has more going for it than Aberystwyth...
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Seals, Saints and Bardsey as an Urban Centre (04/08/2011)

Author Jon Gower was once a warden on Ynys Enlli...
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Book of the Year Winner Proves Illusion will Nourish, even if it won't feed us (18/07/2011)

'Don Quixote,' John Harrison says in his Book of the Year winner Cloud Road, A Journey Through the Inca Heartland is usually portrayed as an old man who... leaves his home and steps into the world of his delusions.... I discovered in the first
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The Kindle Single and Masters of Ecstasy (13/07/2011)

'The Great Master of Ecstasy' was the story that 'sent' me most out of those in Glenda Beagan's book of the same title. 'Muscles Came Easy' is easily the best from Aled Islwyn's collection Out With It...
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Forget the Heels (11/07/2011)

'Those shoes will send you straight to hell!' Gee told me on Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Four-inch heels and straps coiling up the leg like a pair of pervy pythons...
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Death and the Bread Van (27/06/2011)

Biographers, dealing as they are with lives passing, face time and death head on. Michael Holroyd, author of Augustus John's life, among others, told his Hay audience that his privilege was to write a new book for a dead author.
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Profile of YA Author Ruta Sepetys (23/06/2011)

One night a few weeks ago I began to read Between Shades of Gray...
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Prince Philip, Royal Rings and Sharing the Spoils (20/06/2011)

Fiona Bruce caused a minor stir in our household the other night...
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NWR Summer Books Choice (26/05/2011)

Getting ready for Hay next week has meant getting to know the delightful Horatio Clare, who I'll be interviewing on Monday together with Richard Gwyn, both memoirists recalling misspent youths at home and abroad...
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Literature Wales Writers' Bursaries (07/04/2011)

Glad to see that bursaries for authors will continue to feature as part of the brand new Literature Wales (formerly Academi) remit...
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Roland Mathias Prize 2011 (07/04/2011)

Bleary-eyed from a drive back from Brecon after attending the Roland Mathias award, which has just been made to poet Ruth Bidgood for Time Being (Seren)...
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West Papua (05/04/2011)

Outside a West London pub, Serogo repeated my name. I've been asked about it many times before but I've never got this reaction: “Ah Wales - freedom fighters!”
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Peter Finch to Leave Academi (04/04/2011)

Peter Finch today announced that he will be leaving Academi literature agency exactly one month hence...
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New Look NWR: New Opportunities for Writers (31/03/2011)

Just had the proofs back from designer Rebecca from Mo Publications. Have gone for a new image to launch a new editorial approach...
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Wuthering Heights on Stage (20/03/2011)

Aberystwyth Arts Centre's production company this week kickstarted their series of medium-scale literary adaptations to stage with Lucy Gough's Wuthering Heights...
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NWR-featured Author makes Times £30,000 Prize Longlist (10/03/2011)

Roshi Fernando is a fantastic up-and-coming author who will be showcased in my first, May, issue of New Welsh Review with an extract from her novel in progress, The Elephant's Wife...
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Fuzzy Logic and Inside Out (08/03/2011)

Fantastic lineup headlining Howard Marks planned for an Academi Life Writing day in May...
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Richard Ayoade on Submarine (04/03/2011)

Here's a good youtube clip of Richard Ayoade at the Toronto Film Festival...
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Underage Identity Theft on World Book Night (04/03/2011)

Aberystwyth small shopkeepers are in turmoil. They've let their usual scapegoat of charity outlets (paying reduced rates and inflated prices, apparently) scarper round the corner...
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New Editor Toasts Rock-Chick Hack Dreams (03/03/2011)

I'm toasting World Book Day with a bout of PC-hosted blogging through a Mac-induced migraine after an exhilarating first week as editor of New Welsh Review...
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Farewell (21/02/2011)

This week is my last full week at New Welsh Review. New Welsh Review 91, my final issue, will also be published this week...
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Jo Shapcott Takes Costa Book of the Year (26/01/2011)

Congratulations to poet Jo Shapcott who has won the Costa Book of the Year with her collection Of Mutability...
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And so the End is Near (19/01/2011)

Production rolls on for my final issue and soon it will be time, please...
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Coming Up This Spring (13/01/2011)

Currently working on my last issue of New Welsh Review...
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2010 Endnote (14/12/2010)

One of the most extraordinary aspects of this job is the way in which each individual issue is so very many months in the making...
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More on the HEFCW cuts affecting University of Wales Press (13/12/2010)

An article from The Western Mail], citing Zoe Brigley.
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HEFCW withdraws funding from University of Wales Press (10/12/2010)

I would like to comment on a serious issue which poses a very grave risk to the future of scholarship in both the languages of Wales.

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Waleshome.org (06/12/2010)

I meant to flag up this great site to readers who might not be aware of it some time ago...
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Dylan Thomas Prize Winner Announced (02/12/2010)

Congratulations to poet Elyse Fenton who takes the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize, a cheque for £30,000 and the all-important profile that the win brings...
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Small is Beautiful (30/11/2010)

I thought I'd highlight a recently published book from Cinnamon that looks hugely promising: Exposure...
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Picador Poetry Prize Shortlist (29/11/2010)

A little belatedly, for the editor has been in transit, but congratulations to all those shortlisted for this wonderful initiative - the Picador Poetry Prize for an unpublished (at least, unpublished as a first collection) poet...
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Hay at Kerala (15/11/2010)

Link to a nice blog on the Hay Festival at Kerala...
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Picks of 2010 (15/11/2010)

The year is old. And so I weigh up the fortunes of what's passed...
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The Michael Murphy Memorial Prize (25/10/2010)

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 8th October 2010, the English Association announced the inauguration of a new biennial prize...
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From Aberystwyth to Vancouver – and back (22/10/2010)

Thanks to all those who came through the cold last night to enjoy Tyler Keevil reading from and discussing his work...
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T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist 2010 (22/10/2010)

The shortlist for this year's T. S. Eliot Prize has been announced...
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In the Pipeline (05/10/2010)

A hectic and highly enjoyable few months, which have seen the editor take her first holiday in some years. But now the tan has faded and onwards we go into the autumn/winter...
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It's a Wonderful Job (28/09/2010)

In the thick of production here and annual reporting, to boot...
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Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist Announced (22/09/2010)

The full 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist has been announced...
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Bursaries from Acadmi 2011 (20/09/2010)

If you've ever wondered just how you'll manage to finish that novel, collection of poetry or creative non-fic
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Writers' Plaques (20/09/2010)

A new website resource has just been launched from Academi and the Rhys Davies Trust. The resource pinpoints writers' plaques across Wales...
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Edwin Morgan 1920-2010 (19/08/2010)

Scotland's finest poet, and one of the finest poets in the UK, Edwin Morgan, has died aged 90...
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Academi Baylit 2010 (18/08/2010)

Baylit: Shock of the New returns this October to push even further the boundaries of literature in Cardiff Bay...
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Carrie Etter's The Tethers Wins London Festival Fringe Best New Poet Award (18/08/2010)

Carrie Etter - long-time contributor toNew Welsh Review as poet, short story writer and critic -won the London Festival Fringe Best New Poet Award on 16 August
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Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 - Longlist announced (23/07/2010)

The longlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 is as follows...
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Philip Gross Scoops Wales Book of the Year (01/07/2010)

Philip Gross has scooped the £10,000 Wales Book of the Year award for I Spy Pinhole Eye, an ekphrastic collaboration with photographer Simon Denison...
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Hay Round Two – Trezza Azzopardi and Jon McGregor (07/06/2010)

Last day at Hay, and the festival confounded the weather forecasters. Hot and humid...
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Wales Book of the Year Shortlist - 2010 (07/06/2010)

The Wales Book of the Year 2010 Short List was announced in a special event on Sunday 6 June 2010, at The Guardian Hay Festival...
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Hay Round One - Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise (31/05/2010)

Opening weekend at the Guardian Hay Festival 2010 and the weather on Saturday was pretty desperate...
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Congratulations... (27/04/2010)

To New Welsh Review board member Tiffany Murray, who wins a place on the shortlist of the 2010 Wodehouse Prize, alongside Ian McEwan...
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Wales Book of the Year 2010 Longlist announced (21/04/2010)

The longlist for the English language Welsh Book of the Year has been announced...
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My Aim is True (25/03/2010)

I was speaking with some new creative writers the other day, focusing on how to get published, maximizing success.
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National Theatre Wales (02/03/2010)

National Theatre Wales featured in The Guardian.

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Entrances (16/02/2010)

For those who've yet to discover the pleasures of Canongate's ambitious, fun and eclectic cultural hub, Meet at the Gate, here's a belated link.
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Jordison on The Old Devils (16/02/2010)

Nice piece by Sam Jordison in today's Guardian on Amis's 1986 Booker winner The Old Devils.
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Simon Harris on The Art of Finishing (16/02/2010)

It's something of an embarrassing admission, but I can't remember the last time I actually finished reading a book.
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Sleep Furiously wins Guardian's Best First Film Award (16/02/2010)

Read the story here.
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Absolute Beginners (29/01/2010)

Recently, I was commissioned by Academi to write an online guide about how to become a writer...
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Meanwhile... (28/01/2010)

Over at Wales Home, Patrick McGuinness has an article rightly bemoaning the lack of mainstream arts coverage in Wales.
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Still Rock n' Roll to Me (28/01/2010)

Author of Diamond Star Halo and New Welsh Review board member Tiffany Murray on her pick of the rocks.

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Education, Education, Education (19/01/2010)

Sarah Waters and others on the teachers who inspired them in today's Guardian.

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T.S. Elliot Prize goes to Phillip Gross (19/01/2010)

The 2009 T. S. Eliot Prize has been won by Philip Gross.
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Synecdoche, Adamsdown (12/01/2010)

As everyone with a good dictionary knows, a 'synecdoche' is a literary term where the part stands for the whole and vice versa.
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Whose Voice is it Anyway? (10/12/2009)

Over the past few blogs, I've been thinking about the different elements I've had to consider as I write my biography of the woman who was briefly married to a 'Screen Giant of Electric Intensity'
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To Reveal or Not to Reveal? (07/12/2009)

These days it seems like any old celebrity can get a book deal to write their autobiography...
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What Lies Beneath (07/12/2009)

'Researching, like writing, is an individual, creative process.' So says Ann Hoffman, author of Research for Writers, one of the best books on the process.
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Cataloguing Lives (30/11/2009)

When you're famous and then you die, you could find yourself in the potentially awkward and deeply invasive position...
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Significant Others (30/11/2009)

There is a distinguished list of 'significant others' in cultural history...
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Borders on the Brink? (25/11/2009)

Borders facing possible administration, the Guardian reports.
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Danie Abse Wins 2009 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award (24/11/2009)

Dannie Abse has won the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award for a distinguished body of work which includes notable war poems.
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John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 2009 (24/11/2009)

I was one of the judges for the 2009 John Tripp Award in Cardiff last week.
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Patrick Hannan, Broadcaster and Journalist, 1941-2009 (15/11/2009)

The great Welsh broadcaster and journalist Patrick Hannan sadly died on October 11th.
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Questions of Identity (13/11/2009)

I'm writing a biography of a woman routinely described as Welsh and sometimes, more specifically, Cardiff - as in 'Cardiff girl', 'Cardiff actress' etc.
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Questions of Identity (13/11/2009)

I'm writing a biography of a woman routinely described as Welsh and sometimes, more specifically, Cardiff - as in 'Cardiff girl', 'Cardiff actress' etc.
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Arthur Giardelli (12/11/2009)

Celebrated artist Arthur Giardelli has died at the age of 98. David Moore's obituary in the Guardian outlines his life and career here.
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Machen in the Guardian (30/10/2009)

A blog on Machen in yesterday's Guardian online by Damien G. Walter.
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Up Close and Personal (28/10/2009)

A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of Blown, a new magazine for the culturally intelligent in the National Museum in Cardiff.
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Dic Jones 1934 - 2009 (04/10/2009)

A fine obituary of Welsh poet Dic Jones who recently died.
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When is a Biography not a Biography? (01/10/2009)

Answer: when it's a metabiography.
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Aeronwy Thomas-Ellis, Daughter of Dylan Thomas, Dies Aged 66 (29/07/2009)

Tributes paid following the sad news of the death of Aeronwy Thomas. Read the full story here
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Forward Prize Nomination for Merion Jordan (23/07/2009)

Congratulations to Meirion Jordan, who has been nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Read the story here.
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TV Matters and Culture Coming Out of the Closet (30/06/2009)

A blog post over at The Kenyon Review on the power of television in bringing literature to the people, picking up on the sales hike for poets featured on the Beeb's recent poetry season.
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Wales Book of the Year: 2009 (17/06/2009)

Many congratulations to Deborah Kay Davies on winning the Wales Book of the Year 2009 for her debut collection of short stories...
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