Get your gross man-eyes off my poem with your numb-drum dumbing literal mind behind which hides no sincerity. My ma had a hundred times your brains but sat and smoked them stupid at a table in the suburbs: foxes, jam tarts and no travelcard. Back then, if you wanted a train, you bought a ticket. […]
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Just So You Know: Essays of Experience

Jacob Powell finds that these essays on difference and sameness redefine notions of centre, periphery and Welshness, all in a highly positive way

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

What does it mean to be marginalised? While the term itself is eschewed by some contributors, this is the question that the essay collection Just So Y …

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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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Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Caroline Stockford recommends this title as her favourite essay collection

PUBLISHED ON: 23/06/20

CATEGORY: Book recommendation video

Notes of a Native Son: New Welsh Writing Awards & Readers’ Poll 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection from New Welsh Review o …

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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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Transgender Resistance: Socialism and the Fight for Trans Liberation

Daniel Snipe attended the launch of Transgender Resistance by Laura Miles in Swansea

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Blog

In February, I had the pleasure of attending an evening focusing on the politics of transgenderism, with the main guest speaker and trans activist, La …

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New Welsh Short Stories, edited by Francesca Rhydderch & Penny Thomas

Vicky MacKenzie

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Vicky MacKenzie finds internationalism, diversity, a beating heart, the rush of blood, and the zing of energy in a collection that proves the health o …

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PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Essays

Earlier this year, the Arts Council England awarded me a £10,000 grant to start writing my first book. I celebrated by spending the day crying, cwtche …

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Plu by Caryl Lewis

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/19

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies reviews a new edition of the debut short story collection Plu by Caryl Lewis (Y Lolfa). Recorded and edited by John Tudor; researched, scr …

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The ‘d’ Monologues

Maria Apichella

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Why do we see so few disabled actors on our screens and stages? Why does our ableist society either patronise or ignore those whose bodies are differe …

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