At first glance, this biography of Conservative MP Cyril Lakin appears an unlikely project for author and chronicler of the British Communist Party, Geoff Andrews. Nor was Lakin – an outwardly quiet figure, without so much as a whiff of flamboyance or controversy – one of those larger-than-life characters that would normally attract biographies. Yet […]
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The Legend of Samad Behrangi, the Storyteller

Shara Atashi on Samad Behrangi, one of the most influential children’s authors of Iran, and campaigner against child poverty and for inclusivity

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22


If someday I should face death – as I surely will – it is not what matters. What does matter is what influence my life or death will have on the lives …

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The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class

Dan Bradley discusses the interplay of conflicted identity and depression in cultural practitioners, caused by social mobility, ambition and capitalism

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22


In this ambitious and moving work – a hybrid of memoir, polemic and cultural criticism – the US poet and academic explores the ‘melancholia’ of the wo …

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‘Echoes from a Small Country’: Remembering Siân James

Katie Gramich remembers Siân James, noting how, in her fiction, class and gender intermingle and exacerbate the oppression in women’s lives

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Obituary, Photo essay

The novelist and short story writer, Siân James, who recently died at the age of ninety, was a significant and distinctive voice in Anglophone Welsh f …

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Laura Wainwright on a clever, funny and ultimately very moving novel that explores how language is ‘the very stuff of us’

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/21


Is there any writer, of any genre, who can’t relate to the following thoughts?   I struggle to make it say what I wish, let alone wrestle it into …

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Looking Out

Chris Moss assesses six essays that articulate the relationship between class and some of the most significant Welsh artworks of the past two centuries, gives them due recognition within the international art world, and explores the collusion of Wales in neglect of its own artists and its failure to value the quality of ‘insiderness’

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/21


As well as death and taxes, it’s highly probable the British nations will always have their social classes. After all, accurate histories of the twent …

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Land of Whose Fathers?

A digital project aims to map land ownership across Wales – and you can help. Chris Moss talks to Dr Sioned Hâf, creator of Who Owns Wales/Pwy Bia Cymru, in this feature-length essay

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Column, Essays, Opinion

Land is an enigma. It is soil, roads, houses and mountains, but more than any or all of those. It is, in a sense, all we have as humans. It is everywh …

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Reflections: Preview of the photography book, Form

Paul Cabuts on the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs on his own Valleys images, and the interplay of social disadvantage and monochrome

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Preview

A night class at the old school on top of Stow Hill in Trefforest would prove decisive. I had already experienced years of taking photographs, learnin …

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Pier Closing Time

Chris Moss, mulls on the mixed legacy of the British seaside that this wonderful collection evokes, and concludes that the artiness of monochrome, a world away from Instagram, gives us poetry as well as social realism

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21


There is no such thing as realism. Photographers might choose to capture the gritty, the depressing, the down at heel, but they do so by selection, by …

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Green in Black

As a tribute to the late, great Cicely Tyson, Daniel G Williams writes about the African-American attraction to Emlyn Williams' film The Corn is Green, in which Ms Tyson appeared as Miss Moffat in a 1983 NYC revival

PUBLISHED ON: 03/02/21


As a tribute to Cecily Tyson, who died on 28 January 2021, we re-publish this article from New Welsh Review 86, winter 2009. The year 2009 has seen a …

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