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    Insomnia

    Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš. This man allows a fleeing woman, Dina, to stay the night in his apartment. We don’t initially know from what danger Dina is escaping. Woven between visions (from Dārziņš’ imagin …

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    The Shaking City

    Many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past with a certain fondness as we head towards uncertain times. There is an absolute quality to history, a sense of normalcy and an assurance that events we remember will remain unchanging. Frequently, in returning to the comfort of our memories, we becom …

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    Under the Stars: A Journey into Light

    Years ago, somewhere between childhood and maturity, I took to night walking. We lived at that time in a village on the edge of the Somerset countryside. And in my memory, it was always a deep winter’s night, hard, frosty and clear. Before heading out, I would tog myself up in hat, scarf and gloves …

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    Suicide Machine

    It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Bridgend, when he agreed to an interview. The documentary was supposed to be an antidote to the negative press coverage heaped on the town during the spat …

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    The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War

    The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War is a compilation of short stories composed by Welsh author and journalist Arthur Machen. The collection was originally published in 1915, during the early years of the First World War, and depicts fictional first-hand accounts of the war effort, combined with …

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    Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation

    Bursting bandwagon or hayrick of universal hope, nature writing has a pretty unequivocal message: nature is benign, greenery is good, and all the evil in the world is anthropogenic – that is, man-made (the gender is intentional), with a little help from modern technology.   Plants in Science Fi …

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Footnotes to Water

Desi Tsvetkova is fascinated by a poetry collection that explores threatened tongues through giving voice to culverted rivers in Bangor and Paris, and touches on themes of lost heritage, herd mentality and cultural pollution

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Zoë Skoulding is a poet and translator whose newest collection with Seren deals with bodies of water and how they connect to people’s lives. Footnotes …

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Wing

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Nature takes centre stage in Matthew Francis’ poetry collection, Wing. Published by Faber, it was The Guardian’s Poetry Book of The Month for February …

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The Price of the Picturesque

The package tour was invented in Wales. In the week the ‘travel ban’ is likely to be lifted, Chris Moss calls for a reinvention of Welsh tourism after coronavirus

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

The Emptying of Covid-19. It sounds like the title of a Thomas Pynchon novel. But for three long months, the skies cleared, the beaches were clean and …

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Hello Friend We Missed You

Jacob Powell admires a bleak yet humorous debut novel, set in north Wales, about loneliness, guilt, personal trauma, privacy and communication

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Hello Friend We Missed You is Richard Owain Roberts’ debut novel, and continues the characteristic bleak yet humorous style found in his previous shor …

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RS Thomas: Letter to a Young Poet

John Cap on what advice RS Thomas gave him in 1994    

PUBLISHED ON: 29/06/20

CATEGORY: Letters

In his poem, ‘To a Young Poet’, RS Thomas wrote: ‘For the first twenty years you are still growing, / bodily that is; as a poet, of course,/ you are n …

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Shattercone

Places seem to connect with each other more successfully than do people in this follow-up interconnected story collection, writes Jacob Powell

PUBLISHED ON: 29/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Shattercone is the second collection of linked short stories by author Tristan Hughes, and includes a number that have been previously published. All …

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