Rhian Elizabeth’s The Last Polar Bear on Earth is one fourth of a new poetry quartet published by Parthian this autumn. A lone polar bear graces the cover, rearing up to better regard the star-speckled inky night sky. Nothing to do with the environment, or indeed bears, the collection’s title rather represents loneliness, isolation, desolation. […]
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Kelley Mckenna reviews ‘Love’, a novel by Hanne Ørstavik

Kelley Mckenna

PUBLISHED ON: 25/03/18

CATEGORY: Audio review

Kelley Mckenna reviews ‘Love’, a novel by Hanne Ørstavik, published by Archipelago. New Welsh Review’s multimedia programme is sponsored by Aberystwyt …

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Honey Poo Poo and the Sad Songs of the Homesick

Nadia Kamil

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Opinion

Depending on how you came across her, Judith Owen could strike you as several different people. Her range of work throughout her career is like a hall …

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The Cycling Biographer

Ben Skelton

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Blog

In the early 1990s, Graham Robb retreated to the hills near Llangollen to write his first book, a life of Balzac. It was, he says, an isolated spot, a …

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My Falling Down House

Ashley Owen

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/16

CATEGORY: Reviews

My Falling Down House is the critically acclaimed third novel from writer and artist Jayne Joso. Her first to be set in Japan, it draws as extensively …

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Ashley Owen

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/16

CATEGORY: Poetry

The Way the Crocodile Taught Me opens on an image of the marks careless people leave behind. In ‘2 Edinburgh Walk’, these are on kitchen tiles scorche …

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Frances Williams

PUBLISHED ON: 01/10/15

CATEGORY: Opinion

You may have been amused, puzzled or simply reassured to have learnt a little while ago that Wales is officially the ‘happiest place to be in the UK’. …

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Megan Welsh

PUBLISHED ON: 20/05/14

CATEGORY: Reviews

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business i …

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Peter Naumann

PUBLISHED ON: 09/07/13

CATEGORY: Reviews

“This is a town for old men’” is the first line of Anna Lewis’ poem, ‘Resistance’. It is also the first in her collection Other Harbours, and it opens …

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Keeping Up with the Joneses, NWR at Hay Festival 28 May 2013

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 11/06/13

CATEGORY: Blog

The Landmarc 100 stage at Hay Festival was the aptly named venue for my conversation with Cynan Jones & Lloyd Jones about their novellas that were …

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