The poems in Katherine Stanfield’s second collection bristle with curiosity and the desire to understand the world through personal experience. Embedded with Stansfield’s perceptive understanding and great use of humour, We Could Be Anywhere by Now explores critical debates of language and identity in an ever more globalised world. Stansfield is acutely conscious of how the […]
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Who is Briton Tom? Interview with Robert Minhinnick in Porthcawl

Llŷr Gwyn goes on foot with the poet, from Porthcawl’s Bucaneer pub, through Trecco Bay, to the dunes, and finds out about how Robert Minhinnick is pursued by sand, ‘saving the bunny rabbits’, imposter syndrome, archaeology, the Blair glory years for the arts, a fear of things being obliterated, and the importance of a chorus to a poem

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Interview

This interview, conducted in English, was originally published in Welsh (‘Tywod Porthcawl:  Mynd am Dro gyda Robert Minhinnick’) in O’r Pedwar Gwynt ( …

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Footnotes to Water

Desi Tsvetkova is fascinated by a poetry collection that explores threatened tongues through giving voice to culverted rivers in Bangor and Paris, and touches on themes of lost heritage, herd mentality and cultural pollution

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Zoë Skoulding is a poet and translator whose newest collection with Seren deals with bodies of water and how they connect to people’s lives. Footnotes …

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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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Hidden, Series 2

Lee Tisdale reviews the drama of family relationships, mystery and murder in TV series Craith/HIdden, season two, set in north Wales

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Murder’s afoot, and it’s the second time around in the new series of Craith, or Hidden as the English version titles it. Featuring themes of wasted ch …

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Parch (series 2)

Dewi Huw Owen on series 2 in the comic drama series ('Wales' riposte to The Vicar of Dibley') by Fflur Dafydd, set in Carmarthenshire

PUBLISHED ON: 19/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The second series of the S4C drama, Parch, came to a hauntingly ambiguous end two Sundays ago, having delighted audiences for eight weeks with its fin …

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The Edge of Necessary: An Anthology of Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966–2018

K Iolo Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

One of the areas explored by avant-garde poetic practice is the notion that words – and the ideas, categories and concepts they embody and express – a …

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The Levels

Claire Pickard

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Levels by Helen Pendry is a novel that has at its heart the twin concepts of mapping and navigation. The means used to map places, histories and c …

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Never Never Land: Peter Goulding on Climbing the Slate Quarries of Snowdonia

Peter Goulding

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Lee and I walk out of the campsite and down the hill, past small sheepfields towards the village, a row of terrace houses reaches up. The slope of the …

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Abel Thomas and Sons Butter Merchants Ltd

Elizabeth Griffiths

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘The Abel family had business in its blood.’ So writes DJ Williams of my mother’s forbears in his deeply felt memoir of nineteenth-century Carmarthens …

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