The Emptying of Covid-19. It sounds like the title of a Thomas Pynchon novel. But for three long months, the skies cleared, the beaches were clean and the roadsides hummed with birdsong. All over the world, this sampling of a calmer, kinder environment allowed everyone a pause – hopefully, for thought. How might a less […]
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Thinking Again

When a travel writer has been everwhere, writes Chris Moss, there is something radically enlightening – as well as saleable – in writing about home and stasis. Jan Morris demonstrates the arts of seeming intimate without ever being truly confessional, stoicism and the ability to find a quiet poetry in social isolation

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

A national treasure, Jan Morris can do no wrong. As she approaches her mid nineties, each new book is offered as the last. With more than sixty alread …

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Pravda Ha Ha

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the rise of the Right and how the little guy was shafted in the interim, and the stupid became unjustifiably wealthy

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the r …

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An Interview With Helen Mort

Suzannah V Evans

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Interview

Suzannah V Evans talks to the poet Helen Mort about female mountaineers, storytelling through place, and going to Switzerland clad in a crinoline The …

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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

CATEGORY: Reviews

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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Writing the Mother Tongue

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Opinion

Earlier this year Eluned Gramich visited Jaipur Literature Festival and Hyderabad Literature Festival, discovering that the old rules about translatio …

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No Far Shore: Charting Unknown Waters

Jane MacNamee is impressed by this travel memoir forming a coastal odyssey, haunted by absent parents and far gazes

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘So, what was it actually like,’ asks Anne-Marie Fyfe, ‘growing up on the edge of something vast and exciting, on the edge of both calm and danger?’ B …

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Chips and Cherry Blossom

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 17/04/19

CATEGORY: Blog, Memoir

Soaked in sunshine thick with a wilder scent of salt and spring flowers that lined the path along the cliffs….   It was mid-April, and nothing ha …

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Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure

Tim Cooke

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

In the poem, ‘Map of Venice’, Richard Gwyn evokes Italo Calvino’s notion that ‘the city reveals only a possible version of itself, one of many.’ Soon …

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Tan Tro Nesaf: Prose Showcase of Seventies Patagonia with Subtitles

Gareth Alban Davies, Gwen Davies, Heledd Evans, John Tudor & Dean Mather Dean James

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/19

CATEGORY: Showcase video

This translation by his daughter is made in memory of Gwen Davies’ father, the author Gareth Alban Davies. During the Argentinian summer of 1971–2, th …

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