Secular, Scriptural or the Heavenly Host: 6 Angel Rules

Eleanor Williams seeks Truman Capote’s advice about writing like an angel, but comes up with her own rules for embedding angels in your writing

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Author process, Column

Truman Capote, it is said, wrote like an angel. Is there a higher compliment? Writing like an angel is synonymous with ease, with perfection of sound …

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My Mother Taught Me How to Sing and Graveyards in My Closet

Alex Diggins finds that these two creative radio pieces, an unabashed celebration of sound, music, motherhood and fulfilling Charlotte Church dreams, are epic as well as bang up to date

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Welsh boys and their mothers, eh? A cup of milky tea, a hunk of barabrith and mammy’s becardiganed cwtch – these have a Proustian ability to melt the …

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Early Twentieth-century Welsh Plays in English, Vol 1: ‘A Dirty Broth’

Chris Moss assesses how this anthology of classic plays (including Taffy by Caradoc Evans) identifies the factors that deprived Wales of a recognisable tradition of playwriting and how these three plays share themes of religion, community, identity and family

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The first volume of a two-book series devoted to Welsh writing for the theatre,  A Dirty Broth, contains the complete texts of just three plays. You m …

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Under Milk Wood, A Play for Ears: Endnotes & Reading

DN Thomas provides endnotes and further reading to accompany his piece for NWR 123, 'Under Milk Wood: A Play for Ears'

PUBLISHED ON: 29/04/20

CATEGORY: Notes

These endnotes and reading list accompany David N Thomas’ article, ‘Under Milk Wood, A Play for Ears: David N Thomas reflects on the radio concept of …

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Hidden, Series 2

Lee Tisdale reviews the drama of family relationships, mystery and murder in TV series Craith/HIdden, season two, set in north Wales

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Murder’s afoot, and it’s the second time around in the new series of Craith, or Hidden as the English version titles it. Featuring themes of wasted ch …

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Shape-shifting and Skin-walking

Kaite O'Reilly on writers who are venturing out of their traditional form to experiment with prose, poetry, screenplays and drama

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Writers are shape-shifters and skin-walkers. We’re liars, able to take on stories, dialects, eras, perspectives, genders and species not our own and c …

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The Dead City Rollers by RT Stroud

Ffion Lindsay

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Ffion Lindsay cannot imagine RT Stroud’s cinematic debut novel being set anywhere other than Swansea, a place where according to her personal experien …

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From Seven to the Sea

Ed Garland

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

From Seven to the Sea begins on the narrator Esther’s seventh birthday. It’s also the day of her mother’s wedding, to a man who is not Esther’s father …

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Riverflow

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

A fracking project, an expanding pheasant shoot, a ruthless landowner and the perennial risk of destructive flooding: Alison Layland’s second novel fo …

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Persians

Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Persians is a drama that comes with a long tradition of translations, adaptations and reworkings. As the oldest surviving verse play in the Western Ca …

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