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• Claire Pickard on Alternative Values: Poems and Paintings by Frieda Hughes. Only by writing explicitly about the public experience of losing her parents, as well as mourning her brother, can the artist and poet assert her existence beyond grief, writes Claire Pickard (subscribers only)

• Nathan Llywelyn Munday on Dwy Farwolaeth Endaf Rowlands by Tony Bianchi. Comparing Bianchi to authors Patrick Süskind and John Williams, Nathan Llywelyn Munday writes that this ultrasonic novel of a young man’s continual quest for structure and silence is represented by symphonies of failure broken by movements of love (subscribers only)

• Jem Poster on Edward Thomas: From Adlestrop to Arras by Jean Moorcroft Wilson. This first lifespan-biography since 1985, Jem Poster writes, highlights his Welsh ancestry and early imaginative development, as well as challenging the poet’s simplification and romanticising in the public imagination (subscribers only)

• Gwen Davies on In Another Country: Selected Stories by David Constantine. Gwen Davies admires a superb selection on ice, passion v habitude, the human right of imagination, the right to retreat into an attic and inappropriate erections (subscribers only)

• Ashley Owen on Love Songs of Carbon by Philip Gross. A quality of acceptance and curiosity about the body’s ageing, underscored by love, is what Ashley Owen gains from the 18th collection of this TS Eliot-prizewinning Penarth poet (subscribers only)

• Jamie Harris on Meet Me There: The Cinnamon Press Anthology of Writing & Place by Gail Ashton (ed). A writer must earn the right to depict a place, is Jamie Harris’ take-home message from this anthology of prose and poetry (subscribers only)

• Nicky Arscott on Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics Nicky Arscott admires a book that is a visually exquisite, intellectually stimulating introduction to a new genre, rebranding poetry as playful and comics as heavyweight (subscribers only)

• Vicky MacKenzie on Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep by Penelope Lewis & Ra Page (eds). Vicky MacKenzie assesses an anthology that explores the ways in which sleep enriches writers and discovers that science and literature are mutually enriching (subscribers only)

• Claire Pickard on Star-shot by Mary-Ann Constantine . Despite fantastical elements including the animation of buildings, this part-ecological fable, set in a disconcertingly strange modern Cardiff, is wholly about relationships, Claire Pickard notes (subscribers only)

• Jamie Harris on The Road to Zagora by Richard Collins. For Jamie Harris, this book’s strengths and weaknesses lie in its prioritising subjectivity and narrative shape so that the travelogue genre is stretched to its limit (subscribers only)

• Gwen Davies on What a Way to Go by Julia Forster. Comparing this upbeat debut novel of two funerals and a wedding with Joe Dunthorne’s Submarine, Gwen Davies spots themes of terminality, true value, individual potential and facing eventualities (subscribers only)

• Marged Tudur on Y Bwthyn by Caryl Lewis. [gwales:9781784611637::Y Bwthyn] (The Cottage) was a Christmas treat,far better than the tub of Heroes and Celebrations I devoured. An exquisite Thorntons of a novel to be savoured by word, sentence, paragraph and chapter. (subscribers only)

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