Young Lucy would never write a boring book but one that transfixed people with a powerful story. It would deserve a swashbuckling name, such as ‘The Amazingly Astonishing Story’. Lucy Gannon’s memoir of her childhood is a remarkable achievement and highly worthy of its shortlisting for Wales Book of the Year 2021. Gannon is a dramatist, […]
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The Book of Jem

JL George assesses a powerful literary dystopia and admires its sense of rootedness but finds that it may disappoint some readers in its characterisation choices

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22


Set in a future world that has banned religion in the aftermath of cataclysmic wars, Carole Hailey’s The Book of Jem portrays the implosion of an isol …

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Tutankhamun’s Wet Nurse Imagines Herself as the Goddess Nut

Poem about mythology, inequality, maternity and female power by Cheryl Pearson

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21


stars in my hair                   dragonflies padding each shoulder      a blue mole cuddles each toe           I hold two worlds together            …

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The Works of Gwerful Mechain [A Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition]

Chris Moss notes that sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows in Medieval literature, and delights in these vivacious and deftly constructed translations that positively bounce along, shining a light on this worthy, if less prolific, rival to Chaucer and Dafydd ap Gwilym

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21


As every schoolgirl or boy lucky enough to be introduced to Chaucer knows, sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows during the Medieval period. If th …

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What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority and the Mess of Life

Luanne Thornton concludes that Wypijewski’s essay collection is bold in its discussion of love, brutality, sex, capitalism and the profiteers of scandal entertainment

PUBLISHED ON: 27/08/20


With extensive experience in journalism and editing at the Nation, the American author seeks out her own topics of interest in this exciting insight i …

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Early Twentieth-century Welsh Plays in English, Vol 1: ‘A Dirty Broth’

Chris Moss assesses how this anthology of classic plays (including Taffy by Caradoc Evans) identifies the factors that deprived Wales of a recognisable tradition of playwriting and how these three plays share themes of religion, community, identity and family

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20


The first volume of a two-book series devoted to Welsh writing for the theatre,  A Dirty Broth, contains the complete texts of just three plays. You m …

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The Secret Glory

Issy Rixon on an early twentieth-century Gothic coming-of-age novel about nonconformity, nature, art and keeping your beliefs secret

PUBLISHED ON: 22/07/20


Arthur Machen’s The Secret Glory is a dark Gothic fantasy that has everything from breaking school rules to searching for the Holy Grail. Originally w …

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Parch (series 2)

Dewi Huw Owen on series 2 in the comic drama series ('Wales' riposte to The Vicar of Dibley') by Fflur Dafydd, set in Carmarthenshire

PUBLISHED ON: 19/02/20


The second series of the S4C drama, Parch, came to a hauntingly ambiguous end two Sundays ago, having delighted audiences for eight weeks with its fin …

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The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine, by Jasmine Donahaye

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20


Eluned Gramich sings in praise of readers of unkosher novels and among them, Lily Tobias, the subject of Jasmine Donahaye’s expert biography in Honno’ …

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The Chosen

Thomas Pitts

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19


Leah’s father sighed and shook the reins. Twenty-year-old Leah, next to him in the one-horse buggy, looked up from her Gospel book. She knew that bein …

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