Cities are hip. Towns are gritty. Hamlets are romantic. Capitals are – snooty accent coming – capital. Villages are problematic. What do you think of when someone says ‘village’. Idiots? A green, for men in whites playing cricket? No shops, no post office, no BAMEs, no youth? Perhaps nimbys, or twee cottages, or gossip and […]
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Anna Falcini’s In Between the Folds Are Particles, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Claire Pickard on an exhibition, based on research into Gwen John’s letters and diaries, which explores projection, performance, subjectivity and the unreachable nature of past experience

PUBLISHED ON: 25/01/22


The genesis of Anna Falcini’s In Between the Folds Are Particles was her research into Gwen John’s letters and diaries as part of a residency at the A …

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Skomer Island: Its History and Natural History

Too close to Wales to be a miniature Galapagos, this island is nevertheless the most important place for wildlife in the country. Chris Moss concludes that this book is a truly comprehensive picture of this tiny spot on the map

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/21


A botanist visiting Skomer in the early twentieth century described it as a ‘bird slum’. Certainly, the tiny lump of volcanic rock off the Pembrokeshi …

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Reflections: Preview of the photography book, Form

Paul Cabuts on the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs on his own Valleys images, and the interplay of social disadvantage and monochrome

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Preview

A night class at the old school on top of Stow Hill in Trefforest would prove decisive. I had already experienced years of taking photographs, learnin …

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Pier Closing Time

Chris Moss, mulls on the mixed legacy of the British seaside that this wonderful collection evokes, and concludes that the artiness of monochrome, a world away from Instagram, gives us poetry as well as social realism

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21


There is no such thing as realism. Photographers might choose to capture the gritty, the depressing, the down at heel, but they do so by selection, by …

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Green in Black

As a tribute to the late, great Cicely Tyson, Daniel G Williams writes about the African-American attraction to Emlyn Williams' film The Corn is Green, in which Ms Tyson appeared as Miss Moffat in a 1983 NYC revival

PUBLISHED ON: 03/02/21


As a tribute to Cecily Tyson, who died on 28 January 2021, we re-publish this article from New Welsh Review 86, winter 2009. The year 2009 has seen a …

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South Wales Monuments and Transmissions, 1996–2004 and Not Still: Rhondda Photographs, by Paul Cabuts

Tim Cooke assesses two publications of the formidable, challenging and subversive Valleys photographs of Paul Cabuts

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Photo essay, Reviews

Not Still, the title of Paul Cabuts’s stunning collection of images of the Rhondda Valley, comes from Border Country, Raymond Williams’ classic novel …

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The Hare Book and The Hedgehog Book

Suzy Ceulan Hughes recommends two gorgeous, stunningly illustrated hardback books which treat wildlife to a cultural, factual feast

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20


In an essay in the current issue of New Welsh Reader [Issue 124], I confessed to my obsession with hares. And I drew on Jane Russ’ The Hare Book for i …

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Suicide Machine

Tim Cooke on a photography book of Bridgend which is about people and places that exist, unknowable, beyond the headlines

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20


It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Brid …

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A Fold in the River by Philip Gross & Valerie Coffin Price

Liza Penn-Thomas

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20


It is unusual for me to pick up a collection of poems and find myself halfway through experiencing the same reluctance to put it down as I would with …

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