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interview, Poetry, poets, Rhys Owain Williams, That Lone Ship, The Cardiff Review -

JAMIE GILLINGHAM What do you find are the most enjoyable and most challenging aspects of writing/being a writer? RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS I think most writers struggle to switch off, and perhaps we never completely do. Everything we encounter in life has the potential to provide that flash of inspiration. Feeling attuned to the world around you in that way is such a positive experience, giving you those moments of absolute creative thought, but it can also be a huge strain on your mental health. The screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan said that “being a writer is like having homework every night for...

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America, Book Review, Essays, Notes from a Swing State, Planet, the welsh agenda, Wales, Zoë Brigley -

Zoë Brigley's essay collection Notes from a Swing State has had two recent, favourable reviews in the latest issues of Planet and the welsh agenda. 'If, as for Raymond Williams, great shifts in time and society are a picking up and setting back down again, then surely we are currently within just such an undefined state, the consequences of which are unknown until the settling and evaluating that comes with the aftermath. The swing state of this new collection of essays by Zoë Brigley is not only Ohio and the Electoral College, but self, home, nationhood and identity. Body, mind and...

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Cardiff, City of Arcades Day, João Morais, Literature Wales, News, Poetry in the Arcades, Topher Mills -

Hello Book Lovers! A very happy Monday to you all. I have some news... for those of you living in the city or visiting there will soon be more poetry in your life with the addition of five (soon to be six) poems in our shopping arcades for the next year including work by Topher Mills, whose Selected Poems will be released through Parthian in the summer, and João Morais, whose debut short story collection Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster is available through us now... Literature Wales write: 'Cardiff is the City of Arcades and soon enough those...

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Author's Notes, Hey Bert, Interview, Interviews, News, Poems, Poetry, poets, Roberto Pastore, Wales -

Jenny White calls Roberto Pastore 'A sparkling new poetic voice' in the Western Mail today.  We may be biased, but we'd have to agree ;) 'Juggling the mystical and the mundane, Roberto Pastore's first full-length collection of poetry is a thrilling book that begs to be savoured. Bright, vivid memories of people loved and lost, the slipperiness of time and memory, the hope that can be found even in the depths of suffering – it's all there in these beautiful, enigmatic, often incantatory poems.' Pick up a copy of the Western Mail today to read the interview in full. Buy...

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Christina Thatcher, Poems, Poetry -

From 'Protect the Child': 

Before I was old enough for funerals,
                our rabbits died. The first drowned 
                deep in a bucket, learning to swim. 
                The second got so slow her brain 
                was eaten by rats, her opened skull 
                still steaming when I found her. 

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