Dignity is published on 4 April. Although many of the social and historical aspects of Dignity come from family experience and other primary and secondary sources, none of its characters are from life. My father’s life, however, ghosts these pages in many ways, though he doesn’t appear in the book. I wrote it whilst grieving […]
To access this content, you must be a subscriber to New Welsh Review. Subscribe today Existing subscribers, log in to view this content.

Better Houses

Susie Wild

PUBLISHED ON: 12/10/17

CATEGORY: Author process

I am writing this on National Poetry Day 2017. I celebrate it every year in some shape or form. Today you find me quietly typing blogs and articles to …

Read more

The Last Bastion

Rachel Trezise on We’re Still Here, her play about the steel industry crisis affecting 15,000 wider jobs, to be shown in Port Talbot in September. The south Wales of heavy industry, heavily unionised and brimming with big-hearted, community-spirited, Labour-voting skilled manual workers, is gone. Instead, she argues, her play has among its themes, ‘epic compromise’

PUBLISHED ON: 31/07/17

CATEGORY: Author process

Photo: Sam Coombes, cast member and steelworker. Courtesy John Pountney/Elfen Tata Steel announced in January last year that over a thousand steelwork …

Read more

A Love Letter to Wales

To celebrate the publication of Hayley Long’s Aberystwyth-set young adult novel, The Nearest Faraway Place, the multiple Costa prize shortlisted author explains why the town has such a hold on her

PUBLISHED ON: 31/07/17

CATEGORY: Author process

The Nearest Faraway Place is a story about grief. Super massive grief. The type that takes hold of the heart and the brain and freezes them both. But …

Read more

The Accidental Thread

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Author process

In writing, as with any creative activity, there will always be a gap between what you intended to produce and the final result. The finished piece is …

Read more

Absolute Beginners

Kathryn Gray

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/10

CATEGORY: Author process

Recently, I was commissioned by Academi to write an online guide about how to become a writer, what the literary landscape looks like today in Wales, …

Read more

What Lies Beneath

Sarah Broughton

PUBLISHED ON: 07/12/09

CATEGORY: Author process

‘Researching, like writing, is an individual, creative process.’ So says Ann Hoffman, author of Research for Writers, one of the best books on the pro …

Read more