Take a Bite: The Rhys Davies Short Story Award Anthology

Ed Garland on fiction that explores contemporary and perennial pressures, but is a little bland in terms of similarity of voice, and is strangely ordered to save the best stories until last

PUBLISHED ON: 24/11/21


Take a Bite presents the top twelve entries in the 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story award, and its introduction promises us fiction that is ‘alive with ch …

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The Cormorant

Laura Wainwright is intrigued by a classic horror novel in which the bird is an avatar of male vulnerabilities

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/21


The cormorant is a strange-looking bird, with its thick, snaking neck; downturned, heavy prehistoric bill (yellow against the dark plumage) and blue-g …

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Breathing is the Loudest Thing

Poem by Sophia Nicholson

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21


The clock crawls loudly to 6pm, so                     …

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Skomer Island: Its History and Natural History

Too close to Wales to be a miniature Galapagos, this island is nevertheless the most important place for wildlife in the country. Chris Moss concludes that this book is a truly comprehensive picture of this tiny spot on the map

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/21


A botanist visiting Skomer in the early twentieth century described it as a ‘bird slum’. Certainly, the tiny lump of volcanic rock off the Pembrokeshi …

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Rivers Joining

Poem by Graham Mort

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20


Freshwater mussels, coffee bean brown, cleaned by oyster catchers that jostle where the Wenning brunts the Lune. We gaze upstream at the Howgills, the …

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Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 30/01/20


Tŷ Nesaf, Bardsey (Ynys Enlli), May 2011 After breakfast, I sit for a while at the blue-checked cloth of the kitchen table, a small glass vase of lemo …

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Jynx Torquilla

Marilyn Barlow

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19


One week was all it took. We had put in an offer. it was accepted and in three months, the smallholding with its trees was ours. By then we had realis …

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Rae Howells

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18


I used to think a crow’s black could best be described as an absence a black hole cut into the sky… Rae Howells is a journalist and poet from Swanse …

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The Moon-Eyed People and the White Ravens

Reginald Francis writes about the unexpected connections between Welsh and Native American cultures that were revealed by Peter Stevenson during an evening of music and storytelling

PUBLISHED ON: 20/06/18

CATEGORY: Blog, Reviews

‘What is the connection between a first edition of Under Milk Wood and a toy Batmobile?’ storyteller Peter Stevenson asked a puzzled audience. Such un …

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Mark Blayney

PUBLISHED ON: 15/05/18


Two eagles carried a snake. It sagged, an unwilling trapeze between two hungry acrobats. Watching, we asked for lunch. Our host spread hands wide, emp …

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