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 being elder of Newbury Township congregation weighed on him. Stroking his beard all the way down, her father glanced at Lake Jakob overhead. ‘At least we needn’t worry anymore about […]
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Nia

Robert Minhinnick

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Skye regarded the goat. Its agate eye. Young nanny, not long from a kid. Then her beard, black lip and nubbins of horns. The goat was scattering pelle …

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Advent

Helen Mort

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

On the first day of Christmas, they hauled you from me with the forceps while a crimson Santa blinked outside and made the rain new blood. The second …

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The Jeweller

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 22/04/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘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 bro …

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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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