Take a Bite: The Rhys Davies Short Story Award Anthology

Ed Garland on fiction that explores contemporary and perennial pressures, but is a little bland in terms of similarity of voice, and is strangely ordered to save the best stories until last

PUBLISHED ON: 24/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Take a Bite presents the top twelve entries in the 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story award, and its introduction promises us fiction that is ‘alive with ch …

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The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, A Last Respect: The Roland Mathias Prize Anthology of Contemporary Welsh Poetry

Chris Moss on two anthologies which prove that Welsh poetry in English is in robust health

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The art of the poetry anthology is a competitive arena. You have the celeb selections (Amis on Larkin, Cerys Matthews on her whims), the ‘authoritativ …

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Lumen

Katrina Naomi is delighted by a poetry collection that is exuberant, smart, utterly original and full of dog-originating philosophy for wellbeing and recovery

PUBLISHED ON: 01/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tiffany Atkinson’s Lumen begins with a quotation from Aneurin Bevan, which feels as radical and apposite now as it did when he said it in 1948:   …

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Mrs Murata

Preview Story by Jane Joso from Japan Stories (Seren)

PUBLISHED ON: 20/05/21

CATEGORY: Preview, Story

It’s taken me a very long time and such a lot of work, but I have delighted in this so much. – Where we live in the far north of Honshu, so many peopl …

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Hana

Chris Moss respects an imperfect novel about intergenerational trauma in wartime and Soviet Czech life, noting silence at contrapuntal play with booming survival guilt

PUBLISHED ON: 19/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

When a typhoid epidemic tears through the small town of Meziříčíin in 1953, nine-year-old Mira is orphaned and forced to turn to her aunt Hana. A woma …

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The Tiger Girl and the Rain Stag: An Interview with Pascale Petit

Yvonne Reddick talks to the poet about her Forward Prize Best Collection nominated Tiger Girl, Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, tensions between locals, tourists and tigers, and the evolution of her wild beast, birdlife and megafauna poems

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Interview

YR: You describe your grandmother as a really important presence in your childhood, and she’s the central (human) character in Tiger Girl. Can you tel …

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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

This daring, assured debut, from a 2019’s BBC National Short Story awards winner, captures something tragicomic about the twenty-first century by having a hand – a quill, a biro – in each genre, writes Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

This first story in this debut collection of nine, ‘My Bonny’, begins with a paragraph-length sentence that contains two em dashes, two sets of parent …

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Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

Amy Aed takes a fast-paced global journey, with record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen, which doesn’t shy away from mental distress

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dare to Do is a fast-paced, engaging travel memoir by rower and adventurer,Sarah Outen, following her journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows across Eu …

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Where There’s a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent

Amy Aed on the raw, personal story of Emily Chappell: Welsh writer, adventurer, and cyclist

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Chappell began her story as a cycle courier in London, a career which allowed her to fully engulf herself in the sport, day in, day out. Enjoying the …

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For Couples Considering Divorce

Poem by Jenna V Sumpter

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

  Just outside Las Vegas, NV, Ginnungagap Hotel advertises its indoor watercourse to precariously married couples   Take one week off from j …

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