The Woman at the Well

When I got out at the station I found the only way of getting to the house was on foot. Jameson, a little man with a thin moustache and turn-down collar, took me first of all a three-mile climb on a rough road; then we crossed a colliery tramway...


Popular Cultural History of Newport by Former 60-ft Dolls Member and Gay Coming of Age Dystopia Among Shortlisted Entries

Musicians and writers packed out last night's New Welsh Writing Awards shortlisting event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop

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Swimming Women

Wild swimming is the most free I can imagine being right now, for a brief time between chores, my phone left on the shore, my toddler in someone else’s care. A recent swimming multimedia exhibition, Swimming, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre called to me like a siren’s song. The artists were all women, and their artwork invited me to submerge my mind with them, in wild, cold Welsh water. They are not alone in feeling the joy; wild swimming is hot right now. What can we take from their work? Is it significant that they are all women?



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


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


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 spring 2019 season, we present George Carr chairing our Bookclub Podcast discussing Jane Aaron's collection as editor of historical short stories from Wales, A View Across the Valley, Eluned Gramich who reviews the novel Dignity by Alys Conran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Mabli Roberts (Paula Brackston) who talks about her latest novel God's Children with George Carr. A Poetry Showcase: four poems connected by the theme of memory, and finally a review by George Carr of the novel Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury).


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...



My Bukowski

There’s this guy. He must be around fifty, maybe fifty-five. I don’t know if he’s homeless or what. He hangs out in the lanes behind Whitchurch Road, by the allotments. He’s always wearing a pair of jeans and a leather jacket. He has light red hair, turning grey; a beard. Old scars and pits on his face. Skin rough and red from sun exposure. Dirty more...


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