ESSAY TRACEY RHYS

Unpicking the Locks

Last year, a message on our answerphone for our twelve-year-old son took us all by surprise. It was from the Poetry Society and told Morgan that his poem ‘Sker Beach’ had been chosen as one of the commended entries in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. He was unfazed until we were in the Southbank Centre for the ceremony, with no real concept beforehand of what it meant – but I knew. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks: my boy, my clever boy...


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01/05/2019

Anna Falcini, In Between the Folds are Particles, at Oriel Davies, Newtown

Ellen Bell is bowled over by this homage to Gwen John which plays masterfully with micro and macro

26/02/2019

Reclaiming Gay Rural Wales

Kaja Brown enjoys a performance about the Ladies of Llangollen and anticipates the publication of Mike Parker’s memoir about the gay couple he inherited his house from, an event in LGBT+ History Month at Ceredigion Museum

13/02/2019

Love Welsh Poetry, A Journey Like No Other

Kaja Brown commends an innovative trail of love poems to celebrate the Welsh Valentines season at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth

New Multimedia

This summer 2019 season, we present an animated trailer of Peter Goulding's On Slate, a humorous and engaging nonfiction account of the oddball community of rock climbers on Dinorwic's slate quarries in Snowdonia in the 80s, winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting. Also, the filmic trailer of a dystopian novella by JL George with big themes of propaganda, communication and cohersion with a touching teenage boys' friendship at it heart. Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella.

OPINION HANNAH AUSTIN

Exquisitely Rough: Outsiders, Social Class, and the Iceberg of London Publishing

Back in Bridgend, Hannah Austin was so posh she went horseriding, but, on a writing course in England’s capital, she discovers her background is an exotic object of pity more...

VINTAGE GEMS

BEN SKELTON

The Financial Lives of the Poets

he reputation of Seamus Heaney was built at least partly on the way he dealt with the big issues of his time and place – the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But by the time of his death last year, Ireland had long since ceased to be defined by violence. Since the late-1990s, Ireland’s big issues have been economic – the Celtic Tiger, European monetary union, the housing boom, bust and austerity – and Heaney had nothing to say about them.
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