Yemen is one of the world’s shadowlands. We only see it on the news, usually under a pall of smoke after mortars or aerial bombings. It’s a source of immigrants, a seedbed of radical Islamism, and a place where British armaments are put to work by the UK’s allies in the House of Saud. Aden, […]
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Where We Live Now: Covid Toponyms

How names helped Sarah Tanburn find her way during a Cardiff lockdown

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column

[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 pl …

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Gwen Davies reviews Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990 by Lisa Sheppard

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

The crime thriller Impeccable by Jameel Sandham shares territory with Breaking Bad and Trainspotting. Desi Tsvetkova investigates

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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Docklands: A Ghost Story

Dafydd Harvey admires the poet’s marked ability to crystalise trauma, but find the work’s narrative marred by a stubborn stylistic sameness

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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The Word

JL George

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘This one,’ hisses Jonno, and I follow him through the gap in the hedge. Twigs tear at my clothing and it isn’t quite wide enough, so I have to drop m …

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Water, Water, Nowhere

Heledd Williams

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Mattie tried to remain composed while she faced the IriScan, keeping her features relaxed so the pigment algorithm of her irises could be analysed. It …

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The Homeless Heart-throb

Ed Garland

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘His urine was starting to scare him,’ notes the narrator of ‘Dogs Only’, one of the milder stories in this sharp new collection (interwoven into nove …

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Brando’s Bride : The incredibly true story of Anna Kashfi and her marriage to one of Hollywood’s greatest stars

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Marlon Brando is one of those movie heartthrobs we don’t quite get anymore – and I mean ‘get’ in both senses of the word. Odd-looking, with his sly ey …

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