Two new collections of poetry, both exploring intersections between the human and the non-human. Two very different voices and approaches to form. Two exquisitely produced books whose aesthetic qualities are intrinsic to the experience of reading them. As objects, Holly Corfield Carr’s Indifferent Cresses and Autumn Richardson’s Autumn Richardson are beautiful. As poetry collections, they […]
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Swimming Women

Hannah Engelkamp looks at the philosophy and culture of women in the wet.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Wild Swimming to Save Humankind! Wild swimming is the most free I can imagine being right now, for a brief time between chores, my phone left on the s …

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Introduction to Sarah Beryl Jones

Dr Claire Flay-Petty

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

The prosecution team in the 1960 case against DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover may have thought they had found an ally when Miss Jones, a sixty-y …

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Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Ellen Bell assesses this visual exploration at Oriel Davies, Newtown, of the ‘witch’ through the ages, right up to feminist icon and modern-day shaman

PUBLISHED ON: 08/10/18

CATEGORY: Blog

Main picture: ‘Home Rites’ by Cathy Ward, courtesy Oriel Davis Kate Bush’s song ‘Waking the Witch’ – a glorious, sometimes-kitsch-sometimes-terrifying …

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Citizen Thinker Ed

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

The New Welsh Writing Awards, established by ourselves to promote long-form creative prose forms in a programme of rotating categories, completed its …

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Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist

Harsher, more real, more felt, more understood than her contemporaries, Ellen Bell rediscovers the work of this artist, enjoying for the first time her understated display and allegory, and is rendered speechless by her exquisite draughtsmanship

PUBLISHED ON: 27/06/18

CATEGORY: Blog

Sometimes reviewing feels impossible. Awe and an overwhelming duty to do it justice weigh heavy like the Ancient Mariner’s albatross, leaving the hand …

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Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women Who Championed Equality 1840–1990

A narrow reading of national identity that disregards exiles has made the pioneering feminists in this rigorous, readable group-biography, doubly invisible within Welsh historiography, writes Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Each essay in this group-biography of pioneering feminists is as individual as the woman it portrays. From a ’slice of life’ approach (Lady Rhondda), …

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To Môn not Mölma: Feature review of Craith/Hidden

Gwen Davies writes that Craith/Hidden adds feminism and social conditioning to the big themes tackled by Welsh rural noir as well as asserting that individuals are not dispensable

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Fans of Hinterland will welcome this latest English-language rural crime noir thriller with views that are sublimer than Ceredigion, and conclusions t …

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Letter to Mr Powell

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

Dear Mr RS Powell Thanks for your letter recalling my cri de coeur (editorial, NWR 112, autumn 2016), in the wake of the EU referendum. You rightly me …

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Nofio/Swimming Multimedia Exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Reginald Francis

PUBLISHED ON: 24/04/18

CATEGORY: Blog

When you enter the water, you go through the looking glass surface and enter a new world, in which survival, not ambition or desire is the dominant ai …

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