Ffion Lindsay cannot imagine RT Stroud’s cinematic debut novel being set anywhere other than Swansea, a place where according to her personal experience, melodrama rings true as documentary. Comparisons may be drawn with Malcolm Pryce’s Louie Knight noir pastiche mysteries of Aberystwyth, but unfortunately this novel is let down by its own ambition The Dead […]
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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Assessing this hyper-current and innovative format of fiction based on real events, with historians’ input, from Comma Press, Jemma L King admires the urgency of forty diverse voices writing about when the state and the individual collide

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20


Resist: Stories of Uprising charts the milestone moments of defiance in British history – from quiet personal stands to frenzied and uncontrollable ex …

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A Little Gay History of Wales

Chris Moss admires this book, which sold out within weeks of its publication last month, as a call to arms for gay lives in Wales to forge their distinctive part in our national story

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19


Matt Lucas’ refrain in Little Britain, ‘the only gay in the village’, like so much else in that comedy series, played on presumed UK-wide prejudices – …

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Tales from the Riverbank

Richard J Parfitt

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19


Newport has always been a terminus for the nomadic working class. Forever economically depressed and an unemployment black spot – the first township y …

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Jumping Frogs

Emily Blewitt

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Editorial

I write this twenty-eight weeks into pregnancy. I write while sitting in my living room, surrounded by the detritus of baby preparations and poetry su …

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Exquisitely Rough: Outsiders

Ruby D Jones on social class and the iceberg of London publishing

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19


Earlier this year, the Arts Council England awarded me a £10,000 grant to start writing my first book. I celebrated by spending the day crying, cwtche …

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The ‘d’ Monologues

Maria Apichella

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/19


Why do we see so few disabled actors on our screens and stages? Why does our ableist society either patronise or ignore those whose bodies are differe …

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Fired: A Couple of Weeks in Shit Jobs in Working Class Britain (excerpts)

Iolo Jones' latest satirical book column challenges a patronising, gimmicky, uninformed book set in south Wales and post-industrial Britain

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18


Preface My name is James Bloodworth. I am an earnest, well-meaning writer, and I have written a book. I realised that an excellent way to make a name …

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Interview with João Morais

Ann D Bjerregaard interviews the Cardiff-based author João Morais about his debut short story collection, Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster, out on 1 October

PUBLISHED ON: 26/09/18

CATEGORY: Blog, Interview

João Morais holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and he writes regularly for New Welsh Review and other publications. A number of …

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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


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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