[We] read in place-names a record of important events and reconstruct something of the culture of the namers at the time they assigned names to the places they saw. Gregory McNamee, Grand Canyon Place Name (Johnson Books, 1997)   The Lollipop. Scrambler’s Field, with its lustful views of the hills. Jogger’s Meadow   On 23 March, […]
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Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/06/20

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies stakes a claim for fiction in the creation of empathy, that missing life-skill in those at risk of mental health breakdown and lawbreaking …

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Impeccable

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PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jameel Sandham’s self-published crime thriller, Impeccable, eerily reminiscent of Ivrine Welsh’s best-selling hit Trainspotting, offers a gritty depic …

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Pairing Wales and South America

Richard Gwyn

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Richard Gwyn on the central, serious, importance of make-believe to Latin American life and literature, and the gestation of his festival, Fiction Fie …

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PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Damian Walford Davies’ poetry collection Docklands, A Ghost Story is the tale of an unnamed well-to-do architect working in a thriving Victorian Cardi …

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PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

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Heledd Williams

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

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PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

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PUBLISHED ON: 26/09/18

CATEGORY: Blog, Interview

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CATEGORY: Reviews

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