Miner’s Day by BL Coombes, with illustrations [‘Rhondda images’] by Isabel Alexander; Peter Wakelin (ed) (Parthian) The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain by Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson (Verso) Representing the Male: Masculinity, Genre and Social Context in Six South Wales Novels by John Perrott Jenkins (UWP) Coal miners have […]
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Hymns and Arias: The Selected Poems, Songs and Stories

Liz Jones is warmed by the selected work of a Valleys folk poet, community clown and balladeer, the performer her generation knew was their own

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Rugby posts, bedraggled sheep, male voice choirs and redundant colliery wheels. Like the cartoonist Gren (Grenville Jones) – whose funny, affectionate …

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The Northern Question: A History of a Divided Country

Ted Parry concludes that this book on periphery and centre deserves a place on the bookshelves of any historian concerned with England, and that Tom Hazeldine’s reshaping of ‘the Northern Question’ will dominate how Wales comes to be governed

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Northern Question is the opening shot of a campaign to place the North-South divide back at the centre of thinking about England. Belying its orig …

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Barry Island: The Making of a Seaside Playground c1790–1965

How Penarth beat Biarritz Barry. Chris Moss traces the posh eighteenth-century roots of the working-class resort

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Some British seaside resorts double as lazy jokes. Skegness, Blackpool and Clacton-on-Sea are names that trip off the tongue when there’s chatter abou …

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The Dead City Rollers by RT Stroud

Ffion Lindsay

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Ffion Lindsay cannot imagine RT Stroud’s cinematic debut novel being set anywhere other than Swansea, a place where according to her personal experien …

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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

CATEGORY: Reviews

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

CATEGORY: Reviews

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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Brando’s Bride : The incredibly true story of Anna Kashfi and her marriage to one of Hollywood’s greatest stars

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Marlon Brando is one of those movie heartthrobs we don’t quite get anymore – and I mean ‘get’ in both senses of the word. Odd-looking, with his sly ey …

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Tales from the Riverbank

Richard J Parfitt

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

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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