The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War

Issy Rixon evaluates this World War I short story collection in terms of its contribution to supernatural belief and wartime mythologising

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War is a compilation of short stories composed by Welsh author and journalist Arthur Machen. The collection was or …

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War and Culture in the Olchon Valley

Nigel Jarrett on the natural and cinematic emblems of our countries and borderlands

PUBLISHED ON: 13/03/20

CATEGORY: Blog

When I first walked the Olchon Valley north of Abergavenny, Bruce Chatwin had just published On the Black Hill, his novel about two farming brothers i …

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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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John Jenkins: The Reluctant Revolutionary?

John Barnie

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

In his pioneering study, Hands Off Wales (2013) Wyn Thomas examined militant responses to the political and social challenges of the late 1950s and ’6 …

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Dignity: a Letter

Alys Conran

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Author process

Dignity is published on 4 April. Although many of the social and historical aspects of Dignity come from family experience and other primary and secon …

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Persians

Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Persians is a drama that comes with a long tradition of translations, adaptations and reworkings. As the oldest surviving verse play in the Western Ca …

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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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Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away

Suzy Ceulan Hughes hails the debut short story collection of one of our finest contemporary authors, where wisdom and empathy shine

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Stevie Davies is one of our finest contemporary authors, and it’s a pleasure to see some of her short fiction collected here for the first time. Bette …

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Double Review: Brief Lives: Six Fictions and Christopher Meredith (Writers of Wales)

Though the sweep of time is a universal experience, Prof Tony Brown writes, in Meredith’s beautifully achieved fictions it becomes acute, textured, made emotionally resonant by personal and local factors

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

In the preliminary pages of this new collection of short stories, Brief Lives, Six Fictions, Christopher Meredith admits that ‘several books have been …

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Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist

Harsher, more real, more felt, more understood than her contemporaries, Ellen Bell rediscovers the work of this artist, enjoying for the first time her understated display and allegory, and is rendered speechless by her exquisite draughtsmanship

PUBLISHED ON: 27/06/18

CATEGORY: Blog

Sometimes reviewing feels impossible. Awe and an overwhelming duty to do it justice weigh heavy like the Ancient Mariner’s albatross, leaving the hand …

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