A Mind of Winter: Notes on Exile

As every immigrant knows, Rebecca Ruth Gould writes of the poet Ilya Kaminsky (and other exiles), everything you thought you knew, you have to learn all over again; best cultivate a ‘mind of winter’

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Memoir

As every immigrant knows, Rebecca Ruth Gould writes of the poet Ilya Kaminsky (and other exiles), everything you thought you knew, you have to learn a …

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Yew for Two

As the tree-felling season once again approaches, and in Part 2 of his 1960 autobiographical notes, Jim Pratt moves on from Osbaston to another piece of ancient woodland in Monmouth Forest

PUBLISHED ON: 10/11/21

CATEGORY: Column, Memoir

As the tree-felling season once again approaches, and in Part 2 of his 1960 autobiographical notes (Well laid Hedges and Cider) Jim Pratt moves on fro …

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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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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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Chips and Cherry Blossom

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 17/04/19

CATEGORY: Blog, Memoir

Soaked in sunshine thick with a wilder scent of salt and spring flowers that lined the path along the cliffs….   It was mid-April, and nothing ha …

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Memoir of Dylan Thomas

David Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Memoir

I met Dylan first when I was asked to look after his wife who was expecting her first baby – they had just come to Laugharne from the Chelsea set in L …

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Cove

Cynan Jones reveals the close shave he had when kayaking off the west Wales coast, which inspired his novel Cove

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/16

CATEGORY: Memoir

A few years ago I took a kayak out from the beach off Aberarth. It was flat calm when I set out. So calm someone was fly-fishing from another kayak ju …

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The Nightingale Silenced

Jim Pratt

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/13

CATEGORY: Memoir

The author Margiad Evans had her first epileptic fit in May 1950, alone, in an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds, only a few months before the birth o …

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Michael Parnell 1934-1991

PUBLISHED ON: 29/12/11

CATEGORY: Memoir

Following the sudden death of the editor Michael Parnell in September 1991, there is no editorial in New Welsh Review 14. The issue is introduced by J …

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