The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War

Issy Rixon evaluates this World War I short story collection in terms of its contribution to supernatural belief and wartime mythologising

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War is a compilation of short stories composed by Welsh author and journalist Arthur Machen. The collection was or …

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Where The Wild Ladies Are

Georgia Fearn considers this interlinked collection of traditional Japanese ghost stories, with a feminist take, to be a downright genius reinvention containing fiction that will connect with every woman in the modern world

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

When I first began to read Where The Wild Ladies Are, a downright genius reinvention of traditional Japanese ghost stories by Matsuda Aoko, I was not …

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New Welsh Short Stories, edited by Francesca Rhydderch & Penny Thomas

Vicky MacKenzie

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Vicky MacKenzie finds internationalism, diversity, a beating heart, the rush of blood, and the zing of energy in a collection that proves the health o …

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When Young Dodos Meet Young Dragons, edited by Barlen Pyamootoo, Alan Perry & Sachita Samboo

Alicia Byrne Keane

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mauritian slums; trustafarian students at Welsh universities and a Vancouver ski lift: Alicia Byrne Keane enjoys a poetry and prose anthology that cel …

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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Assessing this hyper-current and innovative format of fiction based on real events, with historians’ input, from Comma Press, Jemma L King admires the urgency of forty diverse voices writing about when the state and the individual collide

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Resist: Stories of Uprising charts the milestone moments of defiance in British history – from quiet personal stands to frenzied and uncontrollable ex …

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The Night Circus and Other Stories

Alex Diggins enjoys a translated story collection in which the female uncanny is brought into the home

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

A suicide contemplates her body from above, flicking through its history of abuses as if on a film reel. A bored housewife, cauterised by domesticity …

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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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It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s

Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

A china sausage dog – the centrepiece of a grandmother’s fireplace – becomes a tragi-comic memento mori of the industry that once sustained an entire …

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The Fox and The Foil Mill

Gavin Goodwin

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

He thumped the wheel with the heel of his hand and gripped the key again. Heard the engine search and stutter in the darkness. He slammed the door of …

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Bookclub Podcast: A View Across the Valley: Stories by Women from Wales, c1850-1950 (Honno)

George Carr

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Audio bookclub

 George Carr chairs our latest Bookclub Podcast with Gwen Davies, Suzy Ceulan Hughes, and Mary Jacob discussing Jane Aaron’s collection (as editor) o …

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