‘We’d better kneel down then.’ Mo grumbled as she looked for some clear space in the middle of the floor. You could see the shape of her horseshoe brooch through her jumper. It was Maundy Thursday and Mo had called round to get help, as her husband was at auction. Mo sold knickers, bloomers, vests […]
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Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin

While a borderland hamlet may seem a useful site to locate contradictory morality, Kieron Smith writes, this book focusing mainly on Gill the artist who designed the BBC logo’s typeface, does not deal with the extent to which British entitlement can hide in plain sight

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Borders are a favourite theme among literary and cultural critics. Usually they are presented as sites of interaction and exchange, ‘liminal’ spaces w …

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On Building

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built environment in which they play out. Identity is not a stable commodity. It is a quicksilver material that is remade every time we reflect on ourselves, or glance at a mirror, or catch an inscrutable emotion flash across the eyes of another as they gaze at us.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

We like to think that we make buildings, but, in truth, buildings make us. Our selves are controlled, conditioned, formed and performed by the built e …

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Creed (Honno Welsh Women’s Classics Series)

Ed Garland concludes that this is a brilliant novel, brimful of clamour, unease, nature and murky, feverish characters

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

While she was writing Creed, Margiad Evans’ father was dying in the room directly above her. She was twenty-seven years old and this was the fourth no …

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Staring Back at Me

Suzy Ceulan Hughes is struck by the emotional paralysis the characters in these stories display, alongside warmth, humour and tenderness

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tony Bianchi, who died too young in the summer of 2017, was an extraordinary man in many ways. Not least of these was that, having learned Welsh only …

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Civilisations and Civilisation: 2018 versus 1969 (Part 2)

Adam Somerset

PUBLISHED ON: 22/05/18

CATEGORY: Blog, Reviews

Civilisations (2018) and Civilisation (1969) both have books to accompany the television series. The book by Mary Beard, a scholar of distinction, is …

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Kattaragama

Suzannah V Evans

PUBLISHED ON: 15/05/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

Kattaragama. I hold the weight of the word on my tongue, testing its edges as if it is a boiled sweet. The ‘K’ rising like a mountain as I utter it – …

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The Life of Almost

Anna Vaught

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Fiction

A dreary, dry Sunday afternoon. Far from the sea coast. Stifled; sick; quiet in the wrong way. Border country. Stiff-backed and wondering. The back of …

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Smugglers’ Tunnel

João Morais

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

Gwil pressed the looking-glass indent and it let off a weak light, and the numbers said 11.45. He kept on walking and saw the rotten struts stopping t …

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Poem to His Line Manager

Jonathan Edwards

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

For I pity your children. For the sight of your car outside the office at eight on a Tuesday morning makes me feel ill. For I walk past a golf shop on …

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