Confessional and accessible, Rhian Edwards’ second collection is predominantly grounded in the everyday vocabulary of lived experience. Her themes include unsatisfactory relationships, pregnancy, and a growing sense of mortality, with elegies for both people and places. Edwards is well-known as an engaging performer of her work, but her warmth and wit are as present on […]
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Suicide Machine

Tim Cooke on a photography book of Bridgend which is about people and places that exist, unknowable, beyond the headlines

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20


It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Brid …

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Disability in Industrial Britain: A Cultural and Literary History of Impairment in the Coal Industry, 1880–1948

Peter Goulding finds that the story of work-related impairment and the fight for rights before the days of the NHS mirrors the struggle for disability justice today

PUBLISHED ON: 02/04/20


I remember the landlord of the pub I first worked at telling us about his grand-dad. ‘When he died, he was just there in bed – nothing – his arms and …

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The Porthcawl Celtic Festival

Amy Aed revels in the festivities of the Porthcawl Celtic Festival, Cwlwm Celtaidd

PUBLISHED ON: 21/03/20


The Porthcawl Celtic Festival (also known as Cwlwm Celtaidd ‘Celtic Knot’), is a small, community-run festival in south Wales that occurs once a year. …

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The Actaeon Tide by Tom Anderson

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20


Travel writer Tom Anderson’s debut novel is a skilled and original supernatural whodunit crossed with horror story and gritty portrayal of suburban Wa …

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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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Hawks of Dust and Wine

Sarah Tanburn

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19


My parents lived in an old farmhouse in Brycheiniog. From our sitting room you could see the hills rolling away. The sun lit a different field, the ne …

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Just Help Yourself: Tom Jones, The Squires and the Road to Stardom

Chris Moss roots for the author, who literally dragged Tom Jones out of a pub to sing in his band, and finds this also-ran far more interesting than his one-time buddy who achieved mega-success but ended up rich but remote

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19


Tom Jones belongs to a tiny niche of the very famous that seem always to have been around. As a mainstream artist whose creative peak was some five de …

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Seventy Years of Drama on the NHS

Lis Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/18


NHS ANNIVERSARY FEATURE A few years ago, when the Netflix series Breaking Bad had reached peak popularity in the UK, there followed a flurry of memes …

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One Hundred Percent a Welsh Nationalist

Oliver Bevington

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17


Despite his self-confessed ‘remoteness from politics’, David Jones was, in fact, an ardent Welsh nationalist, albeit an unconventional one, as his lif …

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