[We] read in place-names a record of important events and reconstruct something of the culture of the namers at the time they assigned names to the places they saw. Gregory McNamee, Grand Canyon Place Name (Johnson Books, 1997)   The Lollipop. Scrambler’s Field, with its lustful views of the hills. Jogger’s Meadow   On 23 March, […]
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Shape-shifting and Skin-walking

Kaite O'Reilly on writers who are venturing out of their traditional form to experiment with prose, poetry, screenplays and drama

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Writers are shape-shifters and skin-walkers. We’re liars, able to take on stories, dialects, eras, perspectives, genders and species not our own and c …

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An Interview With Helen Mort

Suzannah V Evans talks to the poet Helen Mort about female mountaineers, storytelling through place, and going to Switzerland clad in a crinoline

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Interview

The poet Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013) won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her second …

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New Welsh Short Stories, edited by Francesca Rhydderch & Penny Thomas

Vicky MacKenzie

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Vicky MacKenzie finds internationalism, diversity, a beating heart, the rush of blood, and the zing of energy in a collection that proves the health o …

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It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s

Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

A china sausage dog – the centrepiece of a grandmother’s fireplace – becomes a tragi-comic memento mori of the industry that once sustained an entire …

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Dear Body

Helen Mort

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

In the shower, my mum is a Picasso drawing – the diagonals of her crutches, shell-scoops of her breasts, the folded cloth of her back and the jut of h …

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Crow Chin

Helen Mort

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

Winter falls – your hand on the neck of the savaged hare sluiced light one swift karate chop where Bamford Edge dissolves into Crow Chin…   Hel …

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Evan Roberts

Maria Apichella

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

spent years in Snowdonia’s dawn to dusk mists, scrambling sheer slides of rainy, slipping, marble-clacking rock (blue-black rock)…   Maria Apic …

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The Dragon Has Two Tongues

On the eve on the announcement of the winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection, Tony Brown celebrates Glyn Jones’ deeply humane classic, The Dragon Has Two Tongues, published this summer in a new edition from the University of Wales Press

PUBLISHED ON: 28/05/18

CATEGORY: Blog

I was struck by the way in which the long list for New Welsh Readers’ Poll reached way beyond Wales: to America, to Canada and to Nigeria. I was quiet …

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The Seal

Olivia Gwyne

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

When the tide went right out there were big ugly rocks that stuck out of the sand. The sea had gnawed at them and made hollows where water collected. …

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