The Distance

Set in apartheid South Africa, this allegory of boxing, blood and brotherhood, writes Chris Moss, ripples with meanings and possibilities, is full of grace and tenderness, and demonstrates the light touch of a prose master

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Great boxing matches are ‘allegories authored in blood’, wrote Budd Schulberg. It’s quoted late on in Ivan Vladislavíc’s sixth novel, which, among oth …

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Gwen Davies reviews Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990 by Lisa Sheppard

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/06/20

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies stakes a claim for fiction in the creation of empathy, that missing life-skill in those at risk of mental health breakdown and lawbreaking …

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The Homeless Heart-throb

Ed Garland

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘His urine was starting to scare him,’ notes the narrator of ‘Dogs Only’, one of the milder stories in this sharp new collection (interwoven into nove …

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Calling a Manual Earth-lifting Device a Spade

Nigel Jarrett

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

Writers who are prepared to be pushed around don’t deserve the name. If they wish to support the Communists on Monday, the Tories on Wednesday, and th …

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Martyrdom and its Uses

This philosophical column by John Barnie highlights how the state’s creation of Stephen Lawrence as legend reassures us that justice prevails, but obscures the endurance of Britain’s deeply racist society

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Opinion

In April of this year, at a service to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, ann …

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No Man’s Land

This collection of essays, writes Ashley Owen, is a topical, frank, informed, lyrically poignant and at times deeply personal exploration of racial tension in the US

PUBLISHED ON: 09/08/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

Eula Biss’ essay collection Notes From No Man’s Land was first published in 2009 – though you can hardly tell. Aside from internal dating, there is li …

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Contemporary Literature from Wales

Gwen Davies, Robin Chapman and Suzy Ceulan Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Podcast

Gwen Davies on recent fiction in English from Wales, Robin Chapman on the rejection of politicisation in Welsh-language literature since devolution, S …

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Hometown by Carrie Etter, Çekoslovakyalilaştiramadiklarimizdanmisiniz or Long Words by Nia Davies and More Weight by Michael Conley

Vicky MacKenzie

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/16

CATEGORY: Reviews

Carrie Etter’s Hometown is a flash fiction pamphlet set in the author’s real hometown, whose name is surely irresistible for any writer: Normal, Illin …

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Old Soldier Sahib

John Barnie

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/16

CATEGORY: Reviews

Frank Richards (real name Francis Philip Woodruff) was a professional soldier born in Blaina, Monmouthshire, in 1883. He left school at twelve, worked …

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Mexico, Violence and Random Bad Luck

Ricardo Blanco

PUBLISHED ON: 13/05/14

CATEGORY: Blog

Caminar en esta zona no le recomiendo: es muy peligroso, said the guy on the evening shift at my hotel. ‘I don’t recommend walking in this area: it’s …

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