Pondweed

This is a sparkling, funny novel, largely successful in honouring the complexities of late-flowering love, writes Mandy Sutter

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

When pond salesman Selwyn comes home one afternoon towing his firm’s exhibition caravan and tells his ‘like-wife’ Ginny to get into the car, all she c …

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Under the Stars: A Journey into Light

What starts as a roam across Britain and between shade and night, soon becomes, Alex Diggins concludes, an impressive polemic on the need to preserve darkness and hold back the encroachment of artificial light

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Years ago, somewhere between childhood and maturity, I took to night walking. We lived at that time in a village on the edge of the Somerset countrysi …

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Interview with Alis Hawkins

Issy Rixon interviews Welsh author Alis Hawkins on her inspiration for the third installment of her Teifi Valley Coroner series, Those Who Know

PUBLISHED ON: 19/04/20

CATEGORY: Blog

How do you feel about launching Those Who Know into the world? I’m actually feeling unsure about when it will be launched! The book was due to come ou …

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Graham Miller Interview

Issy Rixon interviews Welsh author Graham Miller on the release of the second instalment of his police procedural Angel and Haines series, The Wrong Victims

PUBLISHED ON: 13/04/20

CATEGORY: Blog

Graham Miller’s second book in his Angel and Haines series has just been released. He is based in south Wales, specialises in police procedural novels …

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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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National Dance Company Wales: KIN

Oliver Heath admires the contemporary and dynamic dances performed by National Dance Company Wales

PUBLISHED ON: 11/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Contemporary dance as an artistic medium may appear difficult from a spectator’s perspective. Its routines are frequently long, with a variety of intr …

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Patagonian Bones

Lee Tisdale explores the history of Welsh culture as he gives a sentimental review of the film Patagonian Bones (2015).

PUBLISHED ON: 06/03/20

CATEGORY: Blog

26th February, 7:20 PM. The information desk at Ceredigion Museum had no lights on, and the streets around it were almost empty. Standing in front of …

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Connecting the Dragons

Amy Aed admires the wonders of amphibian and reptilian creatures as she recounts her experience at the fascinating talk of Mark Barber, a member of a Welsh Conservationist Group.

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/20

CATEGORY: Blog

I’ll let you in on something that I have scarcely told anyone before: a part of me secretly wants to become a zoologist. I’ve always loved the idea of …

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Literary Atlas: Plotting English Novels in Wales

Daniel Snipe finds himself reconnecting with the fiction and history of his own city through the Literary Atlas project

PUBLISHED ON: 21/02/20

CATEGORY: Blog

On 5 February, the zoology lecture rooms of Swansea University played host to a talk on literature by Dr Kieron Smith. He is a lecturer at Swansea Uni …

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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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