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    Telling your father at Bwlch Nant yr Arian

                      We’re going to have a baby, I told your father, just days since I’d felt his ribs slot like coins between mine. We were toeing a mountain trail, me dancing towards the edges, him gripping the cliff face like a scattering fern. He stopped, looked out at the scoop of valley, at the w …

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    Rivers Joining

    Freshwater mussels, coffee bean brown, cleaned by oyster catchers that jostle where the Wenning brunts the Lune. We gaze upstream at the Howgills, their wash of grey, river silver chased into the valley’s darkening green; hazels, willow trees blitzed by lightning, ochre banks where sand martins rifl …

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    Algorithm

    i.m. Michael Wessells   The phone rings because Michael has died. I saw him yesterday and said goodbye as he passed behind me, tall, gathering his things, leaving the seminar room’s gritty windows. You say he went home or went swimming in one order or the other and then he died. All you know is …

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    Women’s Rights

    Don’t try to introduce my skin to your skin cause such introduction doesn’t let the light get in. Don’t try to prove me as your servant while getting me talking about the equality between women and men! Don’t try to teach me the art of life now and then cause my life is my life I am not your plastic …

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    Lest We Forget

    The recent actions of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters tearing down statues of the slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol has drawn public attention to memorials as never before. People question why we ought to remember so many horrible white men (97.5% of human statues in the UK are of men). For …

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    Just So You Know: Essays of Experience

    What does it mean to be marginalised? While the term itself is eschewed by some contributors, this is the question that the essay collection Just So You Know seeks to answer. What it proves is that there is no single answer. Importantly, it highlights how the ability to answer that question is highl …

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Pondweed

This is a sparkling, funny novel, largely successful in honouring the complexities of late-flowering love, writes Mandy Sutter

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

When pond salesman Selwyn comes home one afternoon towing his firm’s exhibition caravan and tells his ‘like-wife’ Ginny to get into the car, all she c …

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Early Twentieth-century Welsh Plays in English, Vol 1: ‘A Dirty Broth’

Chris Moss assesses how this anthology of classic plays (including Taffy by Caradoc Evans) identifies the factors that deprived Wales of a recognisable tradition of playwriting and how these three plays share themes of religion, community, identity and family

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The first volume of a two-book series devoted to Welsh writing for the theatre,  A Dirty Broth, contains the complete texts of just three plays. You m …

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Who is Briton Tom? Interview with Robert Minhinnick in Porthcawl

Llŷr Gwyn goes on foot with the poet, from Porthcawl’s Bucaneer pub, through Trecco Bay, to the dunes, and finds out about how Robert Minhinnick is pursued by sand, ‘saving the bunny rabbits’, imposter syndrome, archaeology, the Blair glory years for the arts, a fear of things being obliterated, and the importance of a chorus to a poem

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Interview

This interview, conducted in English, was originally published in Welsh (‘Tywod Porthcawl:  Mynd am Dro gyda Robert Minhinnick’) in O’r Pedwar Gwynt ( …

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Saints and Lodgers: Poems of WH Davies

Chris Moss identifies something of Newport in the original Supertramp who belonged to no poetry school

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

I am the Poet Davies, William, I sin without a blush or blink: I am a man that lives to eat; I am a man that lives to drink   Thus, with the easy …

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Where We Live Now: Covid Toponyms

How names helped Sarah Tanburn find her way during a Cardiff lockdown

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column

[We] read in place-names a record of important events and reconstruct something of the culture of the namers at the time they assigned names to the pl …

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The Estate Agent’s Daughter

Vicky MacKenzie enjoys the honesty and vim of this second collection but wishes for Rhian Edwards' poems more imaginative flights than they are offered

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Confessional and accessible, Rhian Edwards’ second collection is predominantly grounded in the everyday vocabulary of lived experience. Her themes inc …

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The Secret Glory

Issy Rixon on an early twentieth-century Gothic coming-of-age novel about nonconformity, nature, art and keeping your beliefs secret

PUBLISHED ON: 22/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Arthur Machen’s The Secret Glory is a dark Gothic fantasy that has everything from breaking school rules to searching for the Holy Grail. Originally w …

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Insomnia

Lee Tisdale admires a novella, published complete with its own censorship history, satirising Soviet rule in Latvia

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš. This man allows a fleeing w …

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