In an essay in the current issue of New Welsh Reader [Issue 124], I confessed to my obsession with hares. And I drew on Jane Russ’ The Hare Book for information, particularly about the poet William Cowper’s three pet hares, Bess, Tiney and Puss. I also have a love of hedgehogs, who have sometimes nested […]
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Under the Stars: A Journey into Light

What starts as a roam across Britain and between shade and night, soon becomes, Alex Diggins concludes, an impressive polemic on the need to preserve darkness and hold back the encroachment of artificial light

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20


Years ago, somewhere between childhood and maturity, I took to night walking. We lived at that time in a village on the edge of the Somerset countrysi …

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Places seem to connect with each other more successfully than do people in this follow-up interconnected story collection, writes Jacob Powell

PUBLISHED ON: 29/06/20


Shattercone is the second collection of linked short stories by author Tristan Hughes, and includes a number that have been previously published. All …

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The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Amy Aed reviews the non-fictional novel The Last Giants that educates on the intelligence of and injustice towards African elephants

PUBLISHED ON: 17/04/20


The Last Giants is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and educational book by Levison Wood, a man who is often regarded as one of the best explorers of the T …

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Suzanne and Gertrude

Ed Garland ruminates on this tranquil, graceful and exuberant novel about the relationship between community and recovery, the latest contribution to the literary sub-tradition of donkey as foil or mirror to the human condition

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20


Some writers tether their donkeys to a sense of chronic hopelessness. Maybe this tradition began with Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. You might also know …

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Connecting the Dragons

Amy Aed admires the wonders of amphibian and reptilian creatures as she recounts her experience at the fascinating talk of Mark Barber, a member of a Welsh Conservationist Group.

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/20


I’ll let you in on something that I have scarcely told anyone before: a part of me secretly wants to become a zoologist. I’ve always loved the idea of …

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Hawks of Dust and Wine

Sarah Tanburn

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19


My parents lived in an old farmhouse in Brycheiniog. From our sitting room you could see the hills rolling away. The sun lit a different field, the ne …

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Meeting the Wolves

Miranda Lynn Barnes

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19


Her mother drove us to the house, told us we must keep this secret. In a large fenced kennel, two wolves circled each other playfully, looked not much …

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Scott Elder

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18


There’s something bleeding here Thank you but that’s enough… your circus is a bowl of sadness or not enough… Scott Elder’s poetry has appeared in the …

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Blood & Other Elements, Inside the Animal House and Sherpas

Assessing these three poetry pamphlets from Rack Press, Suzannah V Evans is struck by a shared fascination with the intricacies of bone and body

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18


‘The spines of larks and quails, widgeon knuckles’, ‘the gristle of my dreams’, ‘“blood and gristle” the surgeons sing’. Reading these lines, it might …

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