Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in south Wales. His debut collection, Road Trip https://www.peepaltreepress.com/books/road-trip, was a Poetry Book Society choice. In an interview, Thompson explains that he chose the title because of the joy he found in childhood outings to Southend on Sea or south London: ‘I am […]
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Where We Live Now: Covid Toponyms

How names helped Sarah Tanburn find her way during a Cardiff lockdown

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column

[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 pl …

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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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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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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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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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