When a typhoid epidemic tears through the small town of Meziříčíin in 1953, nine-year-old Mira is orphaned and forced to turn to her aunt Hana. A woman who has barely spoken to her during family gatherings, she is strange, austere, nervous and looks much older than her thirty-something years. She had been dearly loved by […]
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The Works of Gwerful Mechain [A Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition]

Chris Moss notes that sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows in Medieval literature, and delights in these vivacious and deftly constructed translations that positively bounce along, shining a light on this worthy, if less prolific, rival to Chaucer and Dafydd ap Gwilym

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

As every schoolgirl or boy lucky enough to be introduced to Chaucer knows, sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows during the Medieval period. If th …

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Insomnia

Lee Tisdale admires a novella, published complete with its own censorship history, satirising Soviet rule in Latvia

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš. This man allows a fleeing w …

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Gwen Davies reviews Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990 by Lisa Sheppard

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/06/20

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies stakes a claim for fiction in the creation of empathy, that missing life-skill in those at risk of mental health breakdown and lawbreaking …

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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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Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha

Niall Griffiths

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

It began appallingly – with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia – but the reforming hope that rose, phoenix-like, from those awful flam …

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Pairing Wales and South America

Richard Gwyn

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Richard Gwyn on the central, serious, importance of make-believe to Latin American life and literature, and the gestation of his festival, Fiction Fie …

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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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Writing the Mother Tongue

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Column, Opinion

  aussenraum / outside area so many languages hide beneath your trees in the secret corners of your alleys and in the well which, in winter, is b …

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Come into the Pomegranate Garden

Caroline Stockford

PUBLISHED ON: 19/12/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

I first met Haydar Ergülen on the Turkish island of Cunda where we had gathered as twenty-plus translators to work on a novella and on Haydar’s poems. …

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