Essays

That Further Shore (Issue: 118)

This collection, hinging on Northern Ireland, is strikingly organised around images of wild animals. Its themes are 'making place' through art, exile, transfer, transition and bridges to reconciliation. Its voice is personal, empathetic and political. Classical references, symbols and motifs from the natural world put this entry into the class of literature.

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What Grandfather's Secretly Want: In the Shadow of the Mines (Issue: 118)

These essays explore the attraction of mining as an occupation and its imacpt on the author's family through generations, and the industry's relationship to themes of memory, nostalgia and identity. The sections relate to each other well, the voice is accessible, authentic and balanced, and the research is very well handled.
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On The Endurance of Art (Issue: 118)

These essays on art are innovative, well written and approachable. They discuss the 'Endurance of Art' as lying not in an artwork's ability to endure, but in the significance of art to culture and the extent to which people will go to hide them away, drawing on examples in Wales during WWII and the Spanish Civil War; and, in the second essay, in enduring representations of passive bourgeois women, albeit within the subversive
context of the Camden Town Painters Group.
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Darkness and Light: Liverpool Imagined (Issue: 118)

The artist in the pubic sphere is the linking theme of these essays, which move from Victorian and sixties Liverpool (where the city is palpable) to Greece and wider rumination on writing forms and structure. The tone balances literary professionalism with vivid journalism and personal voice.

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Cave Art of the Anthropocene (Issue: 118)

This collection situates cogent arguments in the present modern world. It also maintains a balance between, on the one hand, personal experience and voice, and on the other, impartiality, reference and research. The central concept of keeping an open door to wilderness and spirit is clarion clear, as is the urgency of building individual and communal identity through place, and narrative's role within that. Literary references range from Nan Shephard to RS Thomas. It handles particularly well the dichotomy, for loves of art, and nature, of the former's claim to immortality in the Anthropocene age.
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They Can Be Heard (Issue: 118)

Seeking 'Moments of enhanced listening' and 'revelations of the ear in which sound is shown to exert emotional pressure, Ed Garland finds 'geographic, social, psychological and emotional energy' carried through sound throughout our fiction, past and present...
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All Life is Here (Issue: 117)

How a Fez found in the attic revealed the story of the Withers Brothers and their impact on Valleys cinema.
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Effortless Poetry of the Toddler (Issue: 117)

Hannah Engelkamp on maternal ambivalence and the natural world.
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The Eider Duck's Mating Call (Issue: 117)

A reflection on the agitation of modern life through a musical journey to Scotland. Jane Macnamee's nature diaries reveal when transience must be embraced.
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Everywhere to Everywhere: Edward Thomas, George Borrow and the Open Road (Issue: 116)

An essay by Jem Poster on Edward Thomas and George Borrow
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Quo Vadis? And Why, Exactly? (Issue: 115)

Holidays have their origins in sacred sojourns. Chris Moss finds spiritual guidance in a
suitcase-full of travel-oriented new releases from Welsh authors.
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Memoir of Dylan Thomas (Issue: 114)

I met Dylan first when I was asked to look after his wife who was expecting her first baby
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The Poet, The GP, The Publican and a Pig Named Wallis (Issue: 114)

It is in the nature of Dylan Thomas that even at this late date, he is still capable of springing surprises on us.
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One Foot in the Water (Issue: 114)

Islands enjoy a prominent place in the Welsh imagination, so much so that we might call Wales an ‘islophiliac’ nation (Pete Hay).
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My Artemis, My Ephesus (Issue: 114)

In our Turkish years, when the sun shone on history changing before our eyes, we used to scuba dive at Pamucak Bay, seaward of the ruins of Ephesus.
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The Ape on the Rock (Issue: 113)

In taxis and nightclubs. On railway bridges and in libraries.
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Looking for Dorothy Edwards (Issue: 113)

It’s essential to the narrative microclimates of Dorothy Edwards’ stories that nothing very much seems to take place in them, but if the phrase ‘to take place’ were interpreted literally, then it might also signi- fy – in the horticultural sense
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The Accidental Thread (Issue: 113)

In writing, as with any creative activity, there will always be a gap between what you intended to produce and the final result.
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Power in the Land? (Issue: 111)

There is a choice of two bridges to access Ynys Môn: Telford’s suspension bridge, which provided the first road access, or the later, starker structure of the Britannia Bridge, whose square for- tifications provide a quicker route over the Straits for
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Words Without Music (Issue: 111)

Rock music has long attracted gifted writers, from Mort Shuman (Brel translator and songsmith for Elvis) to Morrissey (pop’s finest poet, prose’s oddest proposal) to Gruff Rhys, whose American Interior project segued ambitiously from printed travelogu
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Violence and Transformation in Pascale Petit's Poetry (Issue: 110)

Critics of confessional poetry oscillate between celebrating representations of private pain as long-needed and redemptive for society and denigrating or chastising poets who suffered (or cause their readers to suffer) too much....
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Bigotry and Virtue: George Powell and the Question of Legacy (Issue: 110)

When the collector, George Ernest John Powell (1842–82), decided to bequeath his artworks, books, antiquities and curios to what was then the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, he wrote to Principal Thomas Charles Edwards saying that it was all
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On Writing Pigeon (Issue: 110)

‘Look up pigeon in your good field guide, if you have one,’ says Simon Barnes in The Bad Birdwatcher’s Companion. ‘You will probably find that the pigeon does not exist.’
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Fury Never Leaves Us (Issue: 109)

We are one hundred years on from the publication of Caradoc Evans’ short story collection, My People, a book carrying the status of being the opening chapter in the tradition now known as Welsh Writing in English.
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One Hundred Percent a Welsh Nationalist (Issue: 109)

Despite his self-confessed ‘remoteness from politics’, David Jones was, in fact, an ardent Welsh nationalist, albeit an unconventional one, as his life, letters and specifically his poem ‘The Sleeping Lord’ reveal.
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The Dent on Private Murphy’s Forehead (Issue: 109)

Although Eddie Murphy didn’t earn his high school equivalency diploma until he was in his fifties, he always loved to read. Not just the New York Times which he ripped through every day for most of his adult life, but books, good books, books by Ellison
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Blurred Boundaries (Issue: 108)

Montello Priory
Sixty years ago, when my mother, father and I first went to live with Grandma, Montello Priory was a fortress: such a square, solid yet romantic edifice.
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Waves on the Hydrocarbon Seas of Titan (Issue: 108)

7.35 am I sit, watching and waiting with Ed. A comfortable silence. The mind enters a comfortable state of relaxed concentration while watching the horizon for waves.
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Energy Crisis: A Memoir of Summer (Issue: 108)

Solar Power

Summer starts with dandelions.
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Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life (Issue: 108)

1. Mountain

The way of the valley is an immense tongue; the form of the mountain is a body most pure. Master Rujing
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The Phenomenon of the Rain (Issue: 105)

Born in 1959, Lee Seung-U is a leading novelist of Korea. Throughout his career, Lee has meticulously explored the philosophical dimension of human existence.
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A Minor Incident on the Way to Buy Toothpaste (Issue: 105)

The teenage years were over, both sons were safely ensconced at St Andrew’s University and they were happy and healthy. I had untied my apron strings and relaxed my guard.
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What Rhymes with Yonkers (Issue: 104)

From the Hills Rebounding, with Lloyd Robson in NYC
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'The White Negro'? (Issue: 104)

Daniel G Williams on Dylan Thomas and the Beats
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'You're Awfully Unorthodox, David' (Issue: 104)

Jasmine Hunter-Evans uncovers Saunders Lewis' lost 1965 film interview with David Jones, 'David Jones: Writer and Painter', which is introduced by Peter Levi.
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Truth and Reconciliation in Burma (Issue: 104)

Twenty-six years ago the Burmese people rose up against their military government. The unarmed demonstrators were cut down, leaving more than 5000 dead.
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Fetch the Critic (Issue: 103)

Kevin Mills makes a creative-critical approach to the poets Ciaran Carson and Christine Evans.
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Molly Drake: How Wild The Wind Blows (Issue: 103)

Charlotte Greig on how the songs of Molly Drake, Nick Drake's mother, brought home her own colonial heritage.
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My Year as an Island (Issue: 103)

John Harrison on surviving throat cancer
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Stand Up, John Rowlands (Issue: 102)

John Barnie on the Welshness of Henry Morton Stanley
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Dark Mermaids (Issue: 102)

We drove past trees to a running track, turned the corner onto the small road that led from one end of the complex to the forest, and waved at a giant of a man in small shorts, who stood, one hand on a pink buggy, the other firmly round his wife’s waist
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Burning Issues: Shetland's Up Helly Aa (Issue: 102)

Shetlanders have had a thing for fire since the 1840s, when the burning of barrels marked the end of Yuletide.
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Bradley Manning and the Life of Brians (Issue: 102)

Pull the camera back. See the brown slick of the river sliding lazily towards the North Sea, the blasted landscape of its Gateshead banks colonised by untidy clusters of car-repair businesses and breakers’ yards...
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Rough Tumbles & Cracked Crowns (Issue: 101)

Kirsti Bohata compares Amy Dillwyn's novel, Jill (1884) with Sarah Water's 1870s-set novel, Affinity
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A Turbulent Priest (Issue: 101)

M Wynn Thomas on RS THomas and the Chuch in Wales
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Four Days in September (Issue: 101)

Memoir by Lloyd Jones in response to The Autiobiography of a Supertramp, WH Davies.
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The Manufactured Coast-scape in Wales (Issue: 100)

Our natural coastline as you've never seen it before: industrial, seen by night, and artificially lit. Roger Tiley's photo-essay reveals his ACW Creative Wales-funded major project.
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Brief as Photos (Issue: 100)

Penny Simpson on the photography of Vivian Maier and Diane Arbus
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Don't Look Back in Anger (Issue: 100)

Julia Forster discovers absence at the heart of six memoirs
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The Nightingale Silenced (Issue: 99)

Margiad Evans' manuscript reveals the 'self-disaster' of her epilepsy
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The Other Wales (Issue: 99)

The warped and wonderful image of fantasy Wales in popular culture
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Alright, Cocker? (Issue: 99)

Rachel Trezise asks when lyrics make poetry
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Spitsbergen (Issue: 99)

The third in John Harrison's series, Islands on the Edge
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Lying Turks and the Pure Tongue of Eden (Issue: 98)

On Wales and the Middle East
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Along the Unthank Road (Issue: 98)

The eerie fiction of Oliver Onions.
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Storms (Issue: 98)

Jay Griffiths experiences the tempest first hand.
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Castro’s Capitol (Issue: 98)

In Havana
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On Atheism and Character (Issue: 98)

Religion itself may be a game of this sort, with God as an imagined
character, a vital illusion.
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Brenda Chamberlain’s The Protagonists (Issue: 97)

On the work of Brenda Chamberlain.
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In Instanbul & Kerala (Issue: 97)

Feasts in Istanbul and Kerala.
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In Cartagena (Issue: 97)

Hay International Writing Fellow reports from Columbia.
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And the Talk Slid North.... (Issue: 97)

I’m in Iceland, at the start of a three-month journey in the footsteps of an eleventh-century Norsewoman called Gudrid.
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Islands on the Edge: Orkney (Issue: 97)

Notes from Orkney
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A Radical English Identity? (Issue: 97)

On the quest for a radical English identity.
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Of Dinosaurs and Theoretical Corsetry (Issue: 96)

Richard Poole on literary criticism in Wales.
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Skipping to the Apocalypse (Issue: 96)

Sarah Howe on three young US women poets.
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Islands on the Edge: St Kilda (Issue: 96)

The name is a puzzle. There was no St Kilda, not even an obscure saint from the roster of dubious Celtic legends.
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On Occupy USA (Issue: 96)

The American Anti-Capitalist Movement
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John Ormond: Poetry, Broadcasting and Film (Issue: 95)

Kieron Smith hails Wales' film-poet
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The Elvis Festival (Issue: 95)

Robert Minhinnick visits The King in Porthcawl
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On Football: One Team in Wales (Issue: 95)

The beautiful game?
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Slate Country Fictions (Issue: 94)

Three 'outsider' novels
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The Story of Books (Issue: r13)

Wales will soon have a working museum of printing presses, bookbinding, publishing and writing. Chris Moss reports on the latest chapter in Hay-on-Wye’s book story
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