(c) National Library of Wales, John Thomas photographic collection
(c) National Library of Wales, John Thomas photographic collection


Fury Never Leaves Us

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. It is time to look again, to reassess the controversy the book kindled in Wales, a controversy never resolved. Was it a good book, or an unforgiveable insult to the Welsh people? It definitively represents what subsequent contributors to the tradition saw themselves getting away from.



Experimentica15, Chapter Arts Centre

Prepare to be Unprepared. Sophie Baggott enjoys experiencing surreal satirical lingual clicking from a French performer, the (almost) unzipping of skinny jeans, and the shipping forecast on the Senedd steps at this showcase of experimental performance


Frizzi 2 Fulci at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Devi Boulton has fun at a rare, live performance of horror film scores mainly showcasing composer Fabio Frizzi’s work for director Lucio Fulci from the Seventies onward


Harry Holland and NoFit State

Nathan Munday admires an exhibition at Cardiff's Martin Tinney Gallery where hyper-realism and surrealism play tag at the circus

NEW Autumn 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.


Black Apples of Gower

Notwithstanding the author’s pronouncements regarding ‘the folly of deviating from his London territory’, Jamie Harris welcomes Sinclair’s probing of his ‘evolving Welsh myth of origin’ and enjoys along the way satirical personae including hack, schoolboy rambler, and Blakean cave explorer. Whether or not this is a diversion or signals a late career renaissance, it certainly represents a distinct and energising break from his London project more...




I asked everyone what I should say in this piece. My mother told me I shouldn’t write about myself at all, but the time, the place, the culture. It sounded like a good plan for avoiding vanity but I can’t pretend it doesn’t rankle. These things, they’re my material: the time, the place, the culture, and my experiences of them, which I couldn’t extricate anyway. So memoir... not a little like masturbation. Here goes another kid. more...


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