Painting the Beauty Queens Orange: Women’s Lives in the 70s

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decimalisation and cultural throwbacks such as the Miss Prestatyn pageant

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decima …

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Planet Blues

PUBLISHED ON: 26/04/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Feature length, Reviews, review-essay

It’s early winter. I’ve just been for a walk in a field. It’s part of the large estate that surrounds my home – a rented, retired 1830s farmhouse – an …

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The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, A Last Respect: The Roland Mathias Prize Anthology of Contemporary Welsh Poetry

Chris Moss on two anthologies which prove that Welsh poetry in English is in robust health

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The art of the poetry anthology is a competitive arena. You have the celeb selections (Amis on Larkin, Cerys Matthews on her whims), the ‘authoritativ …

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New Welsh Short Stories, edited by Francesca Rhydderch & Penny Thomas

Vicky MacKenzie

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Vicky MacKenzie finds internationalism, diversity, a beating heart, the rush of blood, and the zing of energy in a collection that proves the health o …

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When Young Dodos Meet Young Dragons, edited by Barlen Pyamootoo, Alan Perry & Sachita Samboo

Alicia Byrne Keane

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mauritian slums; trustafarian students at Welsh universities and a Vancouver ski lift: Alicia Byrne Keane enjoys a poetry and prose anthology that cel …

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 anthology

Dafydd Harvey reviews an anthology of the shortlist for this prize, now in its fourteenth year and presenting the work of five women; the winner of this £15,000 prize was Wales’ Jo Lloyd

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘The Children’ by Lucy Caldwell First, in order of appearance, is Caldwell’s The Children which centres on a writer’s research for a story about Carol …

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Bookclub Podcast: A View Across the Valley: Stories by Women from Wales, c1850-1950 (Honno)

George Carr

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Audio bookclub

George Carr chairs our latest Bookclub Podcast with Gwen Davies, Suzy Ceulan Hughes, and Mary Jacob discussing Jane Aaron’s collection (as editor) o …

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Stone Ritual

Ashleigh Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 01/09/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

He lives by each estuary tide; Swallows stones to keep himself regular, He says they come to the silt shore In beetle-black strawship armadas. On Satu …

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Folk Tale

Chris Emery

PUBLISHED ON: 01/09/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

That with stoats pulled such tunes in a green well and made loose an axe, walled snow, exile, sea. And danced and held arms out with our black joy and …

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What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

Wales’ enduring flair for the short story is gradually being recognized on an international stage, with our best writers in the form, including Cynan …

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