London, New Year’s Day 1678, twelve years after the Great Fire and eighteen since the fall of Oliver Cromwell’s republic and the restoration of the monarchy. A gruesome discovery is made on the frozen, snow-covered banks of the River Fleet – the body of a boy, completely drained of blood. As if that isn’t macabre […]
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Proud Flesh

Poem by Ashley-Elizabeth Best

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

I had fallen out of love with everything. It was calming to think of all the ways a person could go, but wasn’t serious enough to pull it off. A routi …

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Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation

Edward O Wilson, adapted by Jim Ottaviani, art by CM Butzer, colouring by Hilary Sycamore

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Edward O Wilson, as readers of the New Welsh Review will know, is one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists, an entomologist with an unrivall …

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Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation

Here is the antidote to nature writing, Chris Moss argues, hailing speculative writers who revel in all manner of vile secretions and evil intentions belonging to the plant world

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Bursting bandwagon or hayrick of universal hope, nature writing has a pretty unequivocal message: nature is benign, greenery is good, and all the evil …

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Wing

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Nature takes centre stage in Matthew Francis’ poetry collection, Wing. Published by Faber, it was The Guardian’s Poetry Book of The Month for February …

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Field Trips In The Anthropocene

Daniel Snipe admires a vital addition to a growing eco-centric body of poetry, in this latest release from the award winning Rack Press

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

AC Bevan’s Field Trips in the Anthropocene is the poet’s fifth collection and possibly his most relevant. In the ongoing battle against global warming …

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Connecting the Dragons

Amy Aed admires the wonders of amphibian and reptilian creatures as she recounts her experience at the fascinating talk of Mark Barber, a member of a Welsh Conservationist Group.

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/20

CATEGORY: Blog

I’ll let you in on something that I have scarcely told anyone before: a part of me secretly wants to become a zoologist. I’ve always loved the idea of …

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Swansea Automatic

Kieron Smith champions this poetry collection – part science-textbook pastiche, part local history, part guidebook – on a city that refuses to be pinned down

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Opinion, Reviews

How does a colour become a symbolic colour? How does a place become a symbolic place? Why is this book about SWANSEA and not ABERYSTWYTH or LONDON? In …

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The Red Lady of Paviland

Jonathan Edwards

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

Scientists open the curtains, wake her with light, and there she is, who’s only bits of bone. There she is look, up there in that cave, preserved by h …

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Guests of Time: Poetry from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Ros Hudis

PUBLISHED ON: 09/08/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is known as one of the finest examples of Pre-Raphaelite art. Built in 1855 to provide the university’ …

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