My dad, Darwin Andrews, was the first black mayor in Britain. He was also the first Muslim mayor in Britain. If that didn’t make growing up in a small non-mining town in Wales hard enough, his wife, my mum, who I never knew – she died when I was less than three – had given me the name Julie. Julie Andrews.


Women Dominate Categories for Novella & Memoir in New Welsh Writing Awards Prizes for Short Books

New Welsh Writing Awards 2017: Shortlist Announcements for the Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir and the Americymru Prize for the Novella

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The Poet, The GP, The Publican and a Pig Named Wallis

'It is in the nature of Dylan Thomas that even at this late date, he is still capable of springing surprises on us. The centenary of his birth, 2014, saw the discovery of a hitherto unknown fifth notebook, containing handwritten poems from 1934–1935, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s.'

So writes Adrian Osborne, in a fascinating look at the recently unearthed 'fifth' notebook of Dylan Thomas.



Hollow Log: The Coolest Man Who Ever Walked the Earth

Ryan Davies enjoyed down-home blues, stories of going electric in a Memphis shack and curbing Keith Richards tendencies at this night of restored blues lyrics and original poetry


Wales Festival of Architecture Panel

Linda Rhinehart attended a panel with historian Mark Baker, architect David Thomas, author Richard Suggett and poet Gillian Clarke on the subject of their favourite buildings: Gwrych Castle, Plas Menai, Llanerchaeron House and the Senedd building


The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Despite some self-conscious references to Wilde’s own works, Michael Tomlinson judges this play of daring and hubris a success

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Watch interviews with Cynan Jones and Caryl Lewis, as well as Katherine Stansfield talking about her latest novel Falling Creatures. Listen to a podcast about contemporary literature from Wales, watch a Poetry Showcase: Does Eternity Mean Anything to You? and listen to audio reviews of Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales edited by Huw Osborne and Ash and Bones by Mike Thomas.


Deaths of the Poets

Chris Moss argues that in this collaborative work between living poets, death is too grave a subject for a guidebook treatment in first person plural 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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