The Secret Glory

Issy Rixon on an early twentieth-century Gothic coming-of-age novel about nonconformity, nature, art and keeping your beliefs secret

PUBLISHED ON: 22/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Arthur Machen’s The Secret Glory is a dark Gothic fantasy that has everything from breaking school rules to searching for the Holy Grail. Originally w …

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The Short Knife

With its plot twist worthy of George RR Martin, Desi Tsvetkova enjoys this children’s novel set during Britain’s shift of power from Celtic Roman to Anglo-Saxon

PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Elen Caldecott is an author with an arsenal of children’s books to her name, though she has also worked in a variety of different fields, including ar …

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Breabach: Taliesin Live, Swansea

Daniel Snipe enjoys cultural depth, intimacy and Celtic revival at a night with this Scottish folk quintet

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Blog

On 27 February, I made the trip to the Taliesin Theatre to see the Scottish Folk group, Breabach. Breabach have performed together for fifteen years, …

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The Porthcawl Celtic Festival

Amy Aed revels in the festivities of the Porthcawl Celtic Festival, Cwlwm Celtaidd

PUBLISHED ON: 21/03/20

CATEGORY: Blog

The Porthcawl Celtic Festival (also known as Cwlwm Celtaidd ‘Celtic Knot’), is a small, community-run festival in south Wales that occurs once a year. …

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Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology

Linda Rhinehart

PUBLISHED ON: 09/08/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

In her investigation of the use of Irish and Welsh mythology in literature for children in recent years, Dimitra Fimi discusses Pat O’Shea’s The Hound …

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Roman Wall Blues

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

In this edition, the past is glimpsed through secretions of silt and mud. In ancient times at Ephesus, silt buries the temple of Artemis; in 1922, a h …

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The Other Wales

Catherine Fisher

PUBLISHED ON: 16/07/13

CATEGORY: Essays

Literature Wales recently embarked on an ambitious programme of literary walks, allowing readers to visit the scenes and heartland of various Welsh wr …

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Keeping Up with the Joneses, NWR at Hay Festival 28 May 2013

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 11/06/13

CATEGORY: Blog

The Landmarc 100 stage at Hay Festival was the aptly named venue for my conversation with Cynan Jones & Lloyd Jones about their novellas that were …

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Welsh Periodicals in English, 1882-2012

Alyce von Rothkirch

PUBLISHED ON: 22/05/13

CATEGORY: Reviews

Malcolm Ballin has made something of a name for himself as a researcher of periodicals, particularly little magazines and miscellanies such as those c …

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‘Alf and ‘Alf – The poetics of diversity

PUBLISHED ON: 29/12/11

CATEGORY: Editorial

Welsh-American academic and writer David Lloyd spoke at the Association for Welsh Writing in English conference several years ago about the politics o …

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