My Falling Down House

My father says I’m an idealist, and that this will be my downfall. I disagree. The house is abandoned and very dilapidated. It’s a place I fell into about a year ago following a heavy night’s drinking with co-workers...


Experts in books publicity and literature policy join New Welsh Review team

Publicist of books for children, Megan Farr, and former Arts Council for North-west of England officer, Bronwen Williams, join New Welsh Review team

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 (c) Jamie Hamley
(c) Jamie Hamley


An Elephant in Aberaeron

There was, apparently, an elephant buried somewhere in Aberaeron. And they were thinking quite seriously about excavating it (or was that exhuming it? I wasn’t sure what duration of time turned the one activity into the other.) Or so Mike Griffiths told me one afternoon in the corridor outside my office. How we had arrived at this topic in our conversation escapes me. I had no particular interest, personal or professional, in either elephants or Aberaeron...



Tides, Catrin Finch's Debut Album as Composer

World music collaboration, from Nordic folk tune through duduk to Côr Caerdydd, is at the heart of Finch’s first album entirely of her own compositions, although too often it feels safe, controlled and collected


Dirty Aberystwyth

Alice Vernon attended the Aberystwyth incarnation of Dirty Protest, a speed-dating style showcase of short plays by new and established playwrights, and found it a treat to watch


This Last Tempest, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 17 February

Alice Vernon reviews This Last Tempest at Aberystwyth Arts Centre 17 February 2015

NEW Multimedia Content

Video showcase of work by the shortlisted authors Elaine Ewart, Eluned Gramich and Philip Jones for the New Welsh Writing Awards, People, Place & Planet: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment. Plus, a two-minute interpretation of the winning entry Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life by Eluned Gramich. The films are by Sam Christie and Ollie Bevington.


The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas

Amy McCauley admires an impartial, refreshing, well-structured, gripping and original book on Thomas, and especially the Swansea ‘Kardomah gang’, that eschews juicy anecdote and bawdy tale in favour of humanity and sensitivity to the conflicting traits of a poet who produced most within the quiet of domestic routine more...




It‘s thirty years since we slouched in the back row of that Anglo-Saxon lecture – and the following day Beth warned me about the eclipse. That’s how I remember my first inkling of what was to come... more...

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