The novelist and short story writer, Siân James, who recently died at the age of ninety, was a significant and distinctive voice in Anglophone Welsh fiction in the late twentieth century. Born in 1930 in rural Ceredigion, Siân was confidently bilingual, translating work from the Welsh but writing her own fiction in English. She forged […]
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Land of Whose Fathers?

A digital project aims to map land ownership across Wales – and you can help. Chris Moss talks to Dr Sioned Hâf, creator of Who Owns Wales/Pwy Bia Cymru, in this feature-length essay

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Column, Essays, Opinion

Land is an enigma. It is soil, roads, houses and mountains, but more than any or all of those. It is, in a sense, all we have as humans. It is everywh …

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A Track in Pentrefelin

Rose Rouse discovers the rich and ancient cultural history around Cefnymeysydd Isaf, Eifionydd

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Column, Essays, Memoir

I call it a track – it’s a lane – because I feel like a pilgrim every time I go up it from my partner’s farmhouse, Cefnymeysydd Isaf, which is hidden …

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Reflections: Preview of the photography book, Form

Paul Cabuts on the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs on his own Valleys images, and the interplay of social disadvantage and monochrome

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Preview

A night class at the old school on top of Stow Hill in Trefforest would prove decisive. I had already experienced years of taking photographs, learnin …

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Green in Black

As a tribute to the late, great Cicely Tyson, Daniel G Williams writes about the African-American attraction to Emlyn Williams' film The Corn is Green, in which Ms Tyson appeared as Miss Moffat in a 1983 NYC revival

PUBLISHED ON: 03/02/21

CATEGORY: Essays

As a tribute to Cecily Tyson, who died on 28 January 2021, we re-publish this article from New Welsh Review 86, winter 2009. The year 2009 has seen a …

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Persistence

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 30/01/20

CATEGORY: Essays

Tŷ Nesaf, Bardsey (Ynys Enlli), May 2011 After breakfast, I sit for a while at the blue-checked cloth of the kitchen table, a small glass vase of lemo …

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Views of the Wildmill Estate

Tim Cooke (Photography by Ben Absalom)

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Essays

Equipped only with a black iPhone, he enters the estate via a tunnel below a Victorian railway bridge. The road along which he is walking is called Ce …

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Exquisitely Rough: Outsiders

Ruby D Jones on social class and the iceberg of London publishing

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Essays

Earlier this year, the Arts Council England awarded me a £10,000 grant to start writing my first book. I celebrated by spending the day crying, cwtche …

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The Buddha and the Pear

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Sometimes we pay too much attention, sometimes not enough. I’d taken the long route home again, back down Penglais hill from the library, not out of c …

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Swimming Women

Hannah Engelkamp looks at the philosophy and culture of women in the wet.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Wild Swimming to Save Humankind! Wild swimming is the most free I can imagine being right now, for a brief time between chores, my phone left on the s …

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