Rock Lobster

What are the chances? A row of arcade reels, five dancing lobsters with a bell ringing a blinder above the music. A cartoon fisherman in his orange bib, emptying pots – Buddy, this won’t hurt, I promise ya! – swinging them about with his left hand until here it comes, the incredibly cov- eted golden lobster – My oh my, do ya see the size of that!


Wales Book of the Year Nomination for New Welsh Review Debut Book

Eluned Gramich\'s travel memoir set in Japan scoops Wales Book of the Year nomination, 2016

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 (c) Helen Grove-White, Power in the Land?
(c) Helen Grove-White, Power in the Land?


Power in the Land?

Philippa Holloway’s essay ‘Power in the Land’ is part of a group of writers' responses to the X-10: power in the land art collaboration that is examining the impact of the dismantlement of the Wylfa nuclear power station on the community of Anglesey.

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 cars and trains...



The Passing/Yr Ymadawiad

Alice Vernon admires a phenomenal example of dark Welsh storytelling, a film which won Best Single Drama prize at the 2016 Celtic Media Awards


Oriel Davies Open 2016: Painting

Post Dadaism, what still urges artists to paint, asks Ellen Bell, and finds answers in celebration of process


John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea

Stanzi Collier-Qureshy is hypnotised by John Akomfrah’s adventurous three-screen project Vertigo Sea, shown at the Arnolfini in Bristol

NEW Spring Multimedia

NEW INTERVIEW! Daniel Leeman talks to debut novelist Crystal Jeans. Plus Audio reviews: Daniel reviews short story collection Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines, and Ashley Owen reviews poetry collection John Ormond: Collected Poems edited by Rian Evans. Plus watch our call for entries video with Gwen Davies for our New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 and our Poetry Showcase: ‘Mare Nostrum’ by Zoë Skoulding & Nia Davies, an animation of a long poem responding to the Odyssey and the current refugee crisis



Omar Sabbagh compares this north-Wales set debut novel of homecoming with Faulkner in its collusion of inner and outer spaces more...



A special relationship

The Valleys, as Dai Smith reminds us, were more like America than they were like England. The immigration into Gwalia (to use Idris Davies's name for them) was only surpassed by that to the New World. The Great Valleys Dream - socialism, if you like - was no less potent than the Great American Dream more...


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