The Last Hundred, by Aaron Kent and William Arnold (Guillemot Press, 2019) is a collaboration between poet and photographer that creates a very real sense of poetry originating in, inhabiting and determining notions of place. On casual encounter we might not imagine, or may just disregard, any sense or interpretation of the landscapes, language, myths, […]
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Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure

Tim Cooke

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

In the poem, ‘Map of Venice’, Richard Gwyn evokes Italo Calvino’s notion that ‘the city reveals only a possible version of itself, one of many.’ Soon …

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Hometown Tales: Wales

Suzy Ceulan Hughes is charmed by two single stories about home, displacement and identity confusion

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Hometown Tales, Wales is the latest in Weidenfeld & Nicolson’s ‘Original Tales by Regional [sic] Writers’ series, which pairs ‘exciting new voices …

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On Building

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built environment in which they play out. Identity is not a stable commodity. It is a quicksilver material that is remade every time we reflect on ourselves, or glance at a mirror, or catch an inscrutable emotion flash across the eyes of another as they gaze at us.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built e …

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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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The Library Suicides: Page to Screen

Fflur Dafydd on the novelist’s demotion in the process of adapting her offbeat dystopian novel into a straight thriller for the screen. Y Llyfrgell (The Library Suicides), directed by Euros Lyn, goes on general release on 5 August

PUBLISHED ON: 01/08/17

CATEGORY: Opinion

 Writing an adaptation of your own novel is like performing appendectomy on yourself.                       Calder Willingham   Willingham’s sent …

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Contemporary Literature from Wales

Gwen Davies, Robin Chapman and Suzy Ceulan Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Podcast

Gwen Davies on recent fiction in English from Wales, Robin Chapman on the rejection of politicisation in Welsh-language literature since devolution, S …

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Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales

Jane Doherty

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Audio review, Audio review with transcript

Jane Docherty reviews Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales, a collection of essays edited by Huw Osborne. Published b …

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One Foot in the Water

Kieron Smith

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

Islands enjoy a prominent place in the Welsh imagination, so much so that we might call Wales an ‘islophiliac’ nation (Pete Hay). This is perhaps unde …

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Songs of the Soil

Jessica Mookherjee

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

Waterlogged, overtaken by tides, swamped clay, sinking in soil that makes me homesick, near an estuary. I think I see paddy fields growing in Llanrhid …

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