I’ll trace creeks with the lines on my palm; tell the fortunes of life amongst the bulrushes. The skeeters speak slow here; they’re so quiet, whispering about what the land remembers… Emily Vanderploeg has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing (Swansea University), and teaches at Queen’s University. Her writing has been published in both […]
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The Magpie Tree

Steven Feeney writes that this novel is everything a good sequel should be, daring to challenge its established formula without losing its identity

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

As a long-time fan of Katherine Stansfield’s poetry, and a recent convert to her prose, I was interested to see how the next novel in her series would …

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Ground Work: Writings on People and Place

The ideal essay collection, Alex Diggins argues, would be an ecology of stories feeding off and contributing to a common humus of argument and design, but this book does not quite meet that ideal

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

There’s a wealth of potential metaphors for the ideal essay collection. The most apposite for this one though – given its subject matter – would be an …

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Miranda Whall: Crossed Paths at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

Ellen Bell, despite a sheep-related gripe, find this performance and installation an extraordinary piece of work, in terms of collaboration and its stunning combination of sound and vision

PUBLISHED ON: 23/05/18

CATEGORY: Blog

There is a new glass door at the entrance to Oriel Davies’ Gallery 1. Though sensor-led it appears to open and close of its own volition. It makes a s …

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Gower Photo Essay

Philip Griffiths

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Photo essay

Philip Griffiths is a photographer working for NB:Design.

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Effortless Poetry of the Toddler

Hannah Engelkamp

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Essays

I love walking, but at this time I am not able to walk. I am not injured, I’m not disabled nor a prisoner; I have a toddler. Since my caesarean I have …

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The Life of Almost

Anna Vaught

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Fiction

A dreary, dry Sunday afternoon. Far from the sea coast. Stifled; sick; quiet in the wrong way. Border country. Stiff-backed and wondering. The back of …

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Karen Pearce, Landscape Artist

Reginald Francis

PUBLISHED ON: 07/02/18

CATEGORY: Blog

Karen Pearce is a landscape artist and colourist who operates on multiple planes of sensation. Pearce’s paintings capture the touch, taste, smell and …

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Augenblick

Neal Alexander

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

And what if a river were running in the trees spreading its fingers among stones and leaves, where branches float like a language on the flood and the …

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Hinterland at the National Library of Wales

Linda Rhinehart

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/17

CATEGORY: Interview

On 21 October I attended a bilingual discussion with Ed Thomas, co-creator of the television drama Hinterland (Y Gwyll in Welsh), along with writer Cy …

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