Review 13, March 2017

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• Chris Moss on Ariel: A Literary Life of Jan Morris by Derek Johns. Chris Moss reads this short biography by the travel writer’s former agent which, while sometimes deferential, avoids cosiness and exudes a spirit that is warm-hearted, respectful and forgiving (subscribers only)

• Dewi Huw Owen on Byw Celwydd, the Bay’s answer to Borgen Dewi Huw Owen wishes, in this political drama, for less family angst, more policy, a greater trust in the audience’s emotional antennae, and a greater commitment to stories of democratic significance (subscribers only)

• Jack Pugh on Cheval 9 by Jonathan Edwards, Rose Widlake (eds). Jack Pugh looks at Cheval 9, a collection of the best work submitted to the Terry Hetherington Award. (subscribers only)

• Jack Pugh on Garden State by Corinne Silva. Jack Pugh discusses Garden State, looking at its engagement with art, colonisation, Palestine, gardening, and how all of these elements work together (subscribers only)

• Chris Moss on Owen Rhoscomyl by John S Ellis. Chris Moss looks at the colourful past of Owen Rhoscomyl and its depiction in John S Ellis' literary biography (subscribers only)

• Jack Pugh on The Alexandra Sequence by John Redmond. Jack Pugh admires a poetry collection which views contemporary urban life through the lens of British folk-theatre’s ‘mummer-play’, and highlights the protean nature of myth and reality. (subscribers only)

• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America by Richard Gwyn’s . Suzy Ceulan Hughes admires Richard Gwyn’s impressive anthology of translations from containing 155 poems by 96 poets from 16 countries of Latin America

• Chris Moss on Ugly, Lovely by Ethel Ross (Hilly James, ed). Dylan Thomas was only intermittently a poet of place. His guiding notions about the natural world were holistic, metaphysical, even quasi-mystical. (subscribers only)

• Huw Lawrence on What I Know I Cannot Say by Dai Smith. Huw Lawrence reflects on this enlightening account of individuality and communal belonging in Wales (subscribers only)

Creative: CM Buckland Action versus inertia

Essay: Chris Moss The Story of Books

Opinion: John Saul Open minds and aspirations

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