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...


Attention All Authors! New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Now Live!

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 is now open for entries across two categories: Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella and the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting

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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?



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


Christmas Days and Winterson at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Kaja Brown found the perfect Queer winter author at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

New Multimedia

This 2019 winter season, we present two audio reviews by Gwen Davies. Firstly a review of Plu by Caryl Lewis and secondly a review of Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990 by Lisa Sheppard. Our poetry showcase (with sub-titles) this season considers Bondo by Menna Elfyn and translated by Elin ap Hywl while Gwen Davies also presents a translation of a piece of work by her father, the author Gareth Alban Davies who wrote about his expedition to Y Wladfa in the early 1970s.


Floating: A Return to Waterlog

‘Skin alight’, having joined the swimming revolution, the author, in this homage to Roger Deakin, fails to cure his own anxiety, writes Jane MacNamee, but all the same makes a heartfelt account to resist the pale shadow of virtual reality more...



A Turbulent Priest

Writers of the past rely on us to grant them a new lease of life on earth. In return, we require them humbly to serve the needs of our present, vastly different though it may be from theirs. The question ‘Is RS Thomas Our Contemporary?’ is therefore very likely to be the one implicit in most of the celebrations marking this the centenary of his birth... more...


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