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    Tough Women: Kendal Mountain Festival

    The Kendal Mountain Festival is on now and on demand until 31 December 2020. Tickets from £5.50, with some free events.  On Friday 20 November at the Kendal Mountain Festival, I was lucky enough to attend an event called Tough Women, which introduced four incredible explorers, from a collection of t …

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    Jan Morris 1926-2020

    Wales’ most celebrated writer, Jan Morris, has died, aged 94.  The news comes at the end of a grim year during which her guiding passion – travel – has been on hold. If reading has been a survival strategy for many people during 2020, then for those of us who have itchy feet, a viable solution was t …

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    How Do You Run a Virtual Retreat?

    How do you run a virtual retreat? When the premise of what you do is gathering writers together in beautiful Snowdonia to escape their day jobs and eat, drink, talk and think about writing, how can you do this online? The answer turned out to be very well. It took a little adjustment from the writer …

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    Mai by Georgia Ruth

    Evocation of locales that hold a personal connection to artists is a common feature in the medium of music. Rich soundscapes will frequently echo places, times and atmospheres, either by alluding to them through lyrics and instrumentation, or as a result of being produced in a particular environment …

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    The Man in Black. Peter Moore: Wales’ Worst Serial Killer

    Like many crime stories, this one begins with a body – Anthony Davies, forty, found on Pensarn Beach by a dogwalker on the morning of 18 December, 1995. A van owned by local cinema-owner Peter Moore was spotted nearby. The police had had a tip-off he was the killer. Circumstantial evidence included …

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    The Lives and Extraordinary Adventures of Fifteen Tramp Writers from the Golden Age of Vagabondage

    Jim Phelan, in collection of Ian Cutler   An extensive list of words for people of no fixed abode in the introduction to this book reminds us how confused and how jaundiced modern society is. Beggar, Bum, Indigent and Vagrant are invariably derogatory, most often uttered with a pinch of contemp …

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Tiger Girl

Vicky MacKenzie lauds an eighth collection, shimmering with beauty and rage, by the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize-winning poet, a writer who refuses to flinch

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tiger Girl shimmers with beauty and rage: for every exquisite description of a bird or tiger, there’s an incident of cruelty and horror, unfolded on t …

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Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation

Edward O Wilson, adapted by Jim Ottaviani, art by CM Butzer, colouring by Hilary Sycamore

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Edward O Wilson, as readers of the New Welsh Review will know, is one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists, an entomologist with an unrivall …

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The Distance

Set in apartheid South Africa, this allegory of boxing, blood and brotherhood, writes Chris Moss, ripples with meanings and possibilities, is full of grace and tenderness, and demonstrates the light touch of a prose master

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Great boxing matches are ‘allegories authored in blood’, wrote Budd Schulberg. It’s quoted late on in Ivan Vladislavíc’s sixth novel, which, among oth …

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The Northern Question: A History of a Divided Country

Ted Parry concludes that this book on periphery and centre deserves a place on the bookshelves of any historian concerned with England, and that Tom Hazeldine’s reshaping of ‘the Northern Question’ will dominate how Wales comes to be governed

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Northern Question is the opening shot of a campaign to place the North-South divide back at the centre of thinking about England. Belying its orig …

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Wild Persistence

Vicky MacKenzie admires a poetry collection of humour and revelry, lit by the repeated flare of violence and warmed by the unapologetic need to live the life of one’s own choosing

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

From the very first line, ‘A joy of noise’, there’s humour and revelry in Katrina Naomi’s third full-length collection. There’s pleasure taken in a lo …

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Well-laid Hedges and Cider

Jim Pratt failed all his exams and was gently advised by his father to get a job. He recalls his first forestry posting at Osbaston, near the council’s rubbish tip in Monmouth, in 1960

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Memoir

‘Coming to Mrs Wallet’s?’ Tom Johns was lighting his bicycle lamp, shielding the rather damp match that he had taken from a small tin and struck on hi …

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Barry Island: The Making of a Seaside Playground c1790–1965

How Penarth beat Biarritz Barry. Chris Moss traces the posh eighteenth-century roots of the working-class resort

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Some British seaside resorts double as lazy jokes. Skegness, Blackpool and Clacton-on-Sea are names that trip off the tongue when there’s chatter abou …

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Art for Wales: The Legacy of Derek Williams

Although at times a little scanty, Laura Wainwright concludes that this lavishly illustrated coffee-table book on the art collection of a philanthropist perhaps more important than the Gregynog Davies sisters, is generous, beautiful and important

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

According to John Berger, when we see a work of art, ‘We leave it, carrying away in our consciousness something which we didn’t have before…. What we …

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