Rivers of Wales

Catherine Duigan finds that this book is a cultural treasure house for Welsh rivers, inspiring care for their future

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jim Perrin follows streams to the lowlands in his new book, Rivers of Wales. It is easy to be swept away in its strong currents of folklore, to tumble …

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The Tiger Girl and the Rain Stag: An Interview with Pascale Petit

Yvonne Reddick talks to the poet about her Forward Prize Best Collection nominated Tiger Girl, Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, tensions between locals, tourists and tigers, and the evolution of her wild beast, birdlife and megafauna poems

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Interview

YR: You describe your grandmother as a really important presence in your childhood, and she’s the central (human) character in Tiger Girl. Can you tel …

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Skomer Island: Its History and Natural History

Too close to Wales to be a miniature Galapagos, this island is nevertheless the most important place for wildlife in the country. Chris Moss concludes that this book is a truly comprehensive picture of this tiny spot on the map

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

A botanist visiting Skomer in the early twentieth century described it as a ‘bird slum’. Certainly, the tiny lump of volcanic rock off the Pembrokeshi …

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The Reckoning

Poem by Carrie Etter

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

Whether the fog lowered or rose,   with it came the wolves, their white-and-grey fur merging with the dense air. They came after the bloodletting …

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Bear on the Battlefield

Poem by Katy Giebenhain

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

Sweet spot of the day the last tour bus propels itself through the fresh dusk. Split-rail fences rim the road in waggy stitches. In local news, a bear …

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Proud Flesh

Poem by Ashley-Elizabeth Best

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

I had fallen out of love with everything. It was calming to think of all the ways a person could go, but wasn’t serious enough to pull it off. A routi …

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The Rhino Conspiracy

For Amy Aed, this fast-paced bold thriller by the former Labour Minister is one of her picks for the year

PUBLISHED ON: 28/10/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain is a dynamic, fast-paced thriller based in apartheid South Africa. It is emotional and compelling, educational and …

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The Hare Book and The Hedgehog Book

Suzy Ceulan Hughes recommends two gorgeous, stunningly illustrated hardback books which treat wildlife to a cultural, factual feast

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

In an essay in the current issue of New Welsh Reader [Issue 124], I confessed to my obsession with hares. And I drew on Jane Russ’ The Hare Book for i …

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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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Seals, Saints and Bardsey as an Urban Centre

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 04/08/11

CATEGORY: Blog

Author Jon Gower was once a warden on Ynys Enlli. At the launch of Fflur Dafydd’s novel Twenty Thousand Saints in 2008, he noted, without criticism, h …

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