One of the ironies – and a potential drawback – of series novels is that they tend to open with tedious preambles. Authors seem to think they need to recap, in the manner of a weekly TV series – while also indulging in reacquainting their readers with familiar characters. Rankin does it again and again […]
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Writing Democracies: Locating DK Fields

DK Fields

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Interview

Asked to reflect on how we co-write, the temptation is to find a place within the third person plural and start from ‘we’. But the single voice of DK …

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The Woman at the Well

S Beryl Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Fiction

When I got out at the station I found the only way of getting to the house was on foot. Jameson, a little man with a thin moustache and turn-down coll …

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The Killing of Butterfly Joe

John Barnie finds this plot-driven narrative of vitality and momentum to be a collection of eccentrics, with antecedents in road trips, satires of the American Dream and in American Gothic

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Rhidian Brook’s fourth novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe, is set in an American fantasy land, though the US is so fantastical much of it could be tr …

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The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Tell Me A Dragon (Jackie Morris Retrospective)

Eleanor Howe reports that these striking, fable-like picture books, published by Graffeg in a large format-edition, are to curl up with and savour, and that they forge connections between nature and people in the one instance, and detailed diverse worlds in the other

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

It is not very often that a children’s book causes a nationwide stir, in the literary world, or beyond, but when artist Jackie Morris teamed up with w …

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Three Tales by Cynan Jones: Book Launch and Review

Eleanor Howe

PUBLISHED ON: 18/04/18

CATEGORY: Blog

I had no idea what to expect from Cynan Jones’ Three Tales, his new book for young readers. Since devouring Jones’ Cove in a single nail-biting sittin …

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Woman of Flowers: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Reginald Francis

PUBLISHED ON: 09/03/18

CATEGORY: Blog, Reviews

In Theatr Pena’s latest production, Woman Of Flowers, the Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd unfolds with a rich blend of tragedy, dance, cinematic audio and …

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Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles

Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles series for young adults

PUBLISHED ON: 28/02/18

CATEGORY: Podcast

Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles series for young adults. (Maresi & Naondel) by Maria Turtschaninoff, published by Pushkin. Research, sc …

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Smugglers’ Tunnel

João Morais

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

Gwil pressed the looking-glass indent and it let off a weak light, and the numbers said 11.45. He kept on walking and saw the rotten struts stopping t …

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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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