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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

This daring, assured debut, from a 2019’s BBC National Short Story awards winner, captures something tragicomic about the twenty-first century by having a hand – a quill, a biro – in each genre, writes Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

This first story in this debut collection of nine, ‘My Bonny’, begins with a paragraph-length sentence that contains two em dashes, two sets of parent …

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A Revolutionary Calendar

Chris Moss delights in a poem sequence on ritual, rupture, crisis and cycle, based on the French Republican Calendar of ‘natural’ months (weeds, worts and all)

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Revolution is a wonderfully ambivalent word. It evokes circular motion, as well as the revolts that occasionally jolt linear time. Rituals and rupture …

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Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

Amy Aed takes a fast-paced global journey, with record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen, which doesn’t shy away from mental distress

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dare to Do is a fast-paced, engaging travel memoir by rower and adventurer,Sarah Outen, following her journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows across Eu …

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Where There’s a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent

Amy Aed on the raw, personal story of Emily Chappell: Welsh writer, adventurer, and cyclist

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Chappell began her story as a cycle courier in London, a career which allowed her to fully engulf herself in the sport, day in, day out. Enjoying the …

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The English Heretic Collection: Ritual Histories, Magickal Geography

Chris Moss on an alternative history, not bound by modern borders, which flits from literary criticism, film review, historical anecdote and news item to wild allusiveness, by an aspiring wizard, acolyte or someone who is just having a lot of fun with his material

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

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Skomer Island: Its History and Natural History

Too close to Wales to be a miniature Galapagos, this island is nevertheless the most important place for wildlife in the country. Chris Moss concludes that this book is a truly comprehensive picture of this tiny spot on the map

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

A botanist visiting Skomer in the early twentieth century described it as a ‘bird slum’. Certainly, the tiny lump of volcanic rock off the Pembrokeshi …

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The Little House

Poem about secrets and bereavement by Jodie Hollander

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

The little house I visit in my dreams is not the same place where I was born; no, this place is much further from town in an unfamiliar neighbourhood …

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Land of Whose Fathers?

A digital project aims to map land ownership across Wales – and you can help. Chris Moss talks to Dr Sioned Hâf, creator of Who Owns Wales/Pwy Bia Cymru, in this feature-length essay

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Column, Essays, Opinion

Land is an enigma. It is soil, roads, houses and mountains, but more than any or all of those. It is, in a sense, all we have as humans. It is everywh …

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