This interview, conducted in English, was originally published in Welsh (‘Tywod Porthcawl:  Mynd am Dro gyda Robert Minhinnick’) in O’r Pedwar Gwynt (OPG), spring 2020.   RM: We’ve made this walk from the Buccaneer and the fairground – the shows – and through Trecco Bay because you see modern leisure – or old fashioned working-class leisure – […]
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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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Plu by Caryl Lewis

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 27/02/19

CATEGORY: Audio review

Gwen Davies reviews a new edition of the debut short story collection Plu by Caryl Lewis (Y Lolfa). Recorded and edited by John Tudor; researched, scr …

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