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    Pain Sluts

    Before the 1900s, people used to assemble makeshift lamps called sluts. The OED definition offers supporting evidence from Anne Ellis’ Life of an Ordinary Woman: ‘Mama would fill a bowl with melted grease, then braid or twist pieces of rag, putting one end in the grease, lighting the other, and thus …

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    Dead Relatives

    Lucie McKnight Hardy’s debut novel, Water Shall Refuse Them (Dead Ink, 2019), was a slow-burning folk horror set in a small Welsh village during the intense summer heatwave of 1976. A claustrophobic coming-of-age tale concerned with grief, family and the dark side of rural life, it simmered with men …

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    The Venetian Legacy

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    Yew for Two

    As the tree-felling season once again approaches, and in Part 2 of his 1960 autobiographical notes (Well laid Hedges and Cider) Jim Pratt moves on from Osbaston to another piece of ancient woodland in Monmouth Forest It is spring 1961. We prepared and planted Osbaston with larch in rows kept straigh …

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    Forms of Exile: Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

    Poetry is the place where meaning remains an open question. When engaging with a poem, the reader is offered a rare gift: the freedom to interpret condensed language in any possible way, knowing the invitation can be renewed endlessly and experienced differently every single time. Because reading a …

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Inhale / Exile

Shara Atashi hails a vigorous poetry collection, epic in proportions and in theme: the history of war-torn Iraq

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

Abeer Ameer’s vigorous poetry collection Inhale/Exile is an epic and a storybook in one. Epic, because the single poems are pieces of a whole body, st …

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The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, A Last Respect: The Roland Mathias Prize Anthology of Contemporary Welsh Poetry

Chris Moss on two anthologies which prove that Welsh poetry in English is in robust health

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The art of the poetry anthology is a competitive arena. You have the celeb selections (Amis on Larkin, Cerys Matthews on her whims), the ‘authoritativ …

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Poem and Interview with Steven Hastings to Celebrate National Poetry Day 2021

Steven Hastings shares the thinking behind 'Memory Clinic II' in an interview with New Welsh Review

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Author process

Memory Clinic II Welcome to the memory clinic. Do you know why you are here?                                                                           …

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Lord of All the Dead

Michael Stein on a Spanish novel in translation which is autobiographical in the true sense of the word, resisting fantasy and speculation when addressing the unknown facts of the author’s great-uncle, a young victim of the Spanish Civil War

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Many families have a mythic figure somewhere down the line. Mythic in this context, though, usually means larger than life. They are the relative or a …

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Poetry Showcase: ‘Stranger to Yourself’

Poetry showcase video by Tayler Walters and Natalia Elliot, with poems by John Barnie, Emma Baines and Matthew Jarvis

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Poetry, Showcase video

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Flashbacks and Flowers

Natalia Elliot reviews Rufus Mufasa's poetry collection about transgenerational trauma and motherhood

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Audio review

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Elaine Morgan: A Life Behind the Screen

Sarah Broughton on how the screen- and science-writer’s modest persona shielded astonishing success and life-long themes of inequality, feminism and left-wing politics

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

In 1990, Elaine Morgan ended her forty-year career as a script writer for television and radio with a piece for Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She was sevent …

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The End of the Yellow House

Michael Stein on how this surreal and comic novel upends all rules of the mystery, merging it with history, horror and Russian literary art

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

When Chief Superintendent Lepinov’s bloated, battered body is discovered in a well with a padded wooden box placed over his bashed-in head on the open …

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