The Art of Blue Woman

Jonathan Page on the Welsh female artists who inspired the protagonist of his novel Blue Woman: Gwen John, Joan Baker and Shani Rhys James

PUBLISHED ON: 30/03/22

CATEGORY: Author process, Essays

Blue Woman (published by Weatherglass Books), is the fictional biography of a Welsh painter, Rose Hartwood. Her career is a long one, stretching from …

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The End of the Yellow House

Michael Stein on how this surreal and comic novel upends all rules of the mystery, merging it with history, horror and Russian literary art

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21


When Chief Superintendent Lepinov’s bloated, battered body is discovered in a well with a padded wooden box placed over his bashed-in head on the open …

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Early Twentieth-century Welsh Plays in English, Vol 1: ‘A Dirty Broth’

Chris Moss assesses how this anthology of classic plays (including Taffy by Caradoc Evans) identifies the factors that deprived Wales of a recognisable tradition of playwriting and how these three plays share themes of religion, community, identity and family

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20


The first volume of a two-book series devoted to Welsh writing for the theatre,  A Dirty Broth, contains the complete texts of just three plays. You m …

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The Surrealist Murmuration at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Reginald Francis

PUBLISHED ON: 18/10/17


The Surrealist Murmuration Exhibition in Gallery 2 at Aberystwyth Art Centre presents work from a broad range of artists. The space is divided into se …

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Three Japanese Novellas

Novellas provide enough space for vivid, tactile world-building but avoid wearing themes and ideas too thin, writes Dan Bradley. These Japanese titles, haunted by change, provide vivid worlds to tempt hitherto timid booksellers, critics and readers to explore Japanese culture, translation and the novella itself

PUBLISHED ON: 09/08/17

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (trans Polly Barton), Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa (trans David Boyd) & Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kaw …

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Contemporary Literature from Wales

Gwen Davies, Robin Chapman and Suzy Ceulan Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17


Gwen Davies on recent fiction in English from Wales, Robin Chapman on the rejection of politicisation in Welsh-language literature since devolution, S …

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Writing your way out – an interview with Matthew Francis

Paul Cooper

PUBLISHED ON: 20/05/13

CATEGORY: Interview

NWR Singing a Man to Death, your first collection of short stories, was published by Cinnamon, and has just been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the …

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Rory MacLean, Berlin ‘Wild Boy Clubbers’, Nature Writing, Grief and Belonging

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 21/10/11


In ‘Berlin Sensation: Second “Wild Boy” Found!’, Rory MacLean’s 6 October post on his Goethe Institut-hosted Meet the Germans blog, the Canadian trave …

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