Ideology and Story in Life-Writing

It’s a strange coincidence that I should be publishing, in quick succession, a biography and a memoir, which both deal in contradictory ways with ideology.

In autobiography, in order to shape the sprawl of your experience, you need to gain some capacity to see your life from outside, as a story, if, nevertheless, one based on facts. A year ago I managed at last to finalise Losing Israel, a memoir about my changing relationship with my mother’s country. I’d shovelled everything into my account, unwilling, like the amateur historian, to omit any fact that might be important. Then I’d tried for several years to find the right form for it. By the time I understood what the story was, I’d cut out 50,000 words.



150, Patagonia

João Morais enjoys an epic-scale site-specific, bilingual and interactive NTW and Theatr Genedlaethol production celebrating 150 years since the establishment of Wales’ Patagonian colony, Y Wladfa


Philip Eglin, Slipping the Trail & Responding to the Buckley Pottery in the Aberystwyth Collection

Ellen Bell devours a feast of work produced in response to non-hierarchical domestic-ware, where food, recipes and appetite are as important as vessels


Dark Movements, exhibition by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Claire Pickard is impressed by the collaborative nature of this impressive exhibition chronicling the symbolic journey of the Welsh processional tradition of y Fari Lwyd in the artist’s father and himself

NEW Summer Multimedia

Audio reviews: Ashley Wakefield reviews Boy Running by Paul Henry, Mary Jacob reviews Hallelujah for 50ft Women edited by the The Raving Beauties and Maddy McGlynn reviews Desire Line by Gee Williams. Plus watch an interview with Alix Nathan about her latest novel, The Flight of Sarah Battle and our Video Showcase: Four Poems of Fire and Water by Jack Freeman, Maggie Harris and Karen Izod.


By Fax To Alice Springs

For Phillip Clement, this poetry collection by Simon Mundy is a lyrical travelogue embracing place, politics and the author’s bittersweet relationship to women more...



Sarah Waters in Conversation with Sarah Broughton

'Isn't that how life is for you?': In his recent review of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, writer and critic Matt Thorne describes her as 'not simply one of our best historical novelists, but one of our best novelists'. When I met her, Waters offered a slightly wryer perspective on such critical acclaim... more...

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