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CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

Fuel your budding bookworm’s imagination this Christmas. Cardiff’s sixth Children’s Literature Festival is off to a racing start this December with British Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy set to kick-start the event with the introduction of his new children’s book, Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck It Race. Along with his co-author Joanna Nadin and Illustrator […]

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THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

Maria Donovan (Seren Books) When a book opens with, “The day before the murder, George Bull tried to poison me with a cheese sandwich”, you know you’re onto a winner. Maria Donovan’s novel is definitely one you won’t want to put down. Told from the perspective of Michael, an adolescent, the story charts the disruption […]

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TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE | BOOK REVIEW

TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE | BOOK REVIEW

Mireille Gansel trans. Ros Schwartz (Les Fugitives) This English PEN award-winning memoir/treatise is a journey around Europe, to Vietnam and Israel and through the hows and whys of translation. Gansel’s Jewish family suffered under the Nazis and she later grew up in post-war France, with an early curiosity about the world of words. She talks […]

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CYNAN JONES | BOOK INTERVIEW

CYNAN JONES | BOOK INTERVIEW

Welsh writer Cynan Jones came out on top at the Short Story Prize Awards in London, winning the competition with The Edge of The Shoal, the story of a man lost at sea, and the difficulties he faces as a storm hits. Beth Cruse caught up with the author. Would you say your novel discusses […]

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THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, trans: Jethro Soutar (And Other Stories) This award-winning book details the journey of desperate migrants from North Africa to Europe. Composed of multiple stories, the novel shares some of the histories behind their migration. The dialogue is sometimes over-explained, their stories show us the personal character of people who have fallen […]

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BLACK DAHLIA RED ROSE | BOOK REVIEW

BLACK DAHLIA RED ROSE | BOOK REVIEW

Piu Eatwell (Liveright) In this informative and insightful account of a true life American unsolved murder, the author conveys a detailed and succinct account of the infamously-titled Black Dahlia case and her findings. The murder in question occurred on January 15th 1947, when the dismembered body of Elizabeth Short was discovered in Los Angeles. The […]

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WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD | BOOK FEATURE

WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD | BOOK FEATURE

In setting this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award in Cardiff’s Tramshed, Literature Wales have picked the perfect venue to remind us of the great tradition and continued relevance of writing in Wales. There are plenty of awards up for grabs for the best of today’s modern Welsh writers in English and in Welsh. […]

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THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

  Alfred Kubin (Dedalus) Although originally published in 1908, Kubin’s dystopian world is still awe striking today. Its strange logic, akin to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, shows the absurdism of bureaucratic nonsense. While the social quirkiness and word play, similar to Alice and Wonderland, creates a wonderfully dark and humorous atmosphere. Knowing the German […]

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MISSION POSSIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

MISSION POSSIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

Ash Dykes (Eye Books) If spirit, courage and sheer determination could be measured in money, then Ash Dykes would be a very wealthy man. As a teenager in North Wales, Dykes wanted something more from life than just living for the weekend. He studied documentaries of remote tribes on the other side of the world […]

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COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

Christina Hesselholdt, trans. Paul Russell Garrett (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Companions follows the lives of a group of friends and the challenges that mid-life presents them. The novel is narrated through a series of monologues from the various characters’ perspectives and has settings that span all across Europe from the Lake District to Belgrade. The multiple voices give […]

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