Richard Gwyn on the central, serious, importance of make-believe to Latin American life and literature, and the gestation of his festival, Fiction Fiesta, which pairs literary authors of Wales with Hispanic writers of South America The first Borges story I ever read was ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’, in the translation by Alastair Reid, while living […]
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Crushed

Dafydd Harvey considers the merits and pitfalls of writing commercial fiction for a publisher with a literary reputation, as well as issues of padding and innovation within the novel

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Kate Hamer’s Crushed is the story of three young girls studying at sixth-form. Phoebe, the bad girl, the troubled ‘pixie’, believes she is capable, th …

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The Mermaid’s Call

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

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 …

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The House Without Windows

Jane MacNamee on a girl, wise beyond her years, who has much to teach us about how inseparable humanity is from nature

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

This is the enchanting tale of Eepersip, a rather lonely little girl who lives with her parents in the foothills of Mount Varcrobis. One day, she deci …

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Stillicide

Chris Moss on a powerful, disturbing novella that seeks to alienate us from our grip on language and everyday understanding of reality, in its depiction of a future society in which water is crisis, commodity, currency and contraband

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Stillicide looks like it would mean something to do with the death of peace and tranquillity. It’s actually an archaic word for ‘the falling of water’ …

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Adrift

Rosey Brown

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Empty Houses The next week it is stormy; the week after, it snows, but the week after that, Clover is ready to show me the abandoned houses where we c …

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Me, I’m Like Legend, I Am

Dewi Heald

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘Stop! Where do you go?’ shouted Tom at the sound. A woman came into view, pacing up the hillside with a large backpack strapped behind her. She wore …

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The Chosen

Thomas Pitts

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Leah’s father sighed and shook the reins. Twenty-year-old Leah, next to him in the one-horse buggy, looked up from her Gospel book. She knew that bein …

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The Significance of Swans

Rhiannon Lewis

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

I felt a new energy. My sore feet and back didn’t seem to matter now. I felt the happiest that I had felt, possibly ever. As I marched, I thought of a …

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Jynx Torquilla

Marilyn Barlow

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

One week was all it took. We had put in an offer. it was accepted and in three months, the smallholding with its trees was ours. By then we had realis …

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