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JON RONSON | INTERVIEW

JON RONSON | INTERVIEW

Cardiff’s very own Jon Ronson talks to Jaydon Martin about psychopaths and Trump, and why they’re not necessarily one and the same… Jon Ronson, author of such best-selling books as Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is in a sunny mood as he picks up from New […]

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DANIEL ROBINSON | BOOKS INTERVIEW

DANIEL ROBINSON | BOOKS INTERVIEW

Cardiff born author Daniel Robinson has just written his first novel Marvin 9T5. A gritty but humorous coming of age story set in mid nineties South Wales. Chris Andrews sat down with Dan for a coffee and a chat. For those who haven’t checked it out yet, can you give us a bit of background […]

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NIGEL JARRETT ON SLOWLY BURNING | BOOKS GUEST FEATURE

NIGEL JARRETT ON SLOWLY BURNING | BOOKS GUEST FEATURE

Award-winning Welsh writer Nigel Jarrett wrote Slowly Burning about a washed-out tabloid hack, Bunny Patmore, who’s on the crime beat again. Buzz invited the author to say something about it, and the issues it raises. As a former daily newspaper journalist who’d given up salaried work, I used to wonder why no-one had fictionalised the kind of […]

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CARDIFF BOOK FESTIVAL | REVIEW

CARDIFF BOOK FESTIVAL | REVIEW

Cardiff Book Festival came to the Welsh capital from the 28th of October till the 30th of October, and for its first time did a great job. The event had big British writers such as Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, lesser known British writers such as Caroline Smith, author of The Immigration Handbook (our […]

 Sophie Rees

THE IMMIGRATION HANDBOOK | BOOK REVIEW

Caroline Smith (Seren) Poetry and immigration may not be topics you’d usually associate with each other, but Caroline Smith, an asylum caseworker, shines a light on the world of bureaucracy and escapism through a collection of poetry. Smith’s verse includes quotes from real immigration laws and letters to real asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. This […]

 Sophie Rees

MAMETZ | BOOK REVIEW

MAMETZ | BOOK REVIEW

Aled Rhys Hughes (Seren) For five years, photographer Aled Rhys Hughes visited Mametz on the anniversary of the battle which claimed the lives of over 4000 Welsh soldiers, and Mametz collates his photographs of the area today. It has a strange calmness, but with a sickening and insidious eerie quality to the images, perfectly exemplified […]

 Sophie Rees

AGAINST NATURE | BOOK REVIEW

Joris-Karl Huysmans (Dedalus) Originally published in 1884, Huysmans’ book instantly divided critics between those who saw it as a masterpiece and those with more disparaging opinions. Brendan King’s new translation of Against Nature brings to the fore questions of literary taste and attitude for a new generation. This classic fin de siècle novel follows the Frenchman, des […]

 Sophie Rees

MORFFIN & MÊL | BOOK REVIEW

Sion Hughes (Y Lolfa) Delving into the subject of espionage during the Second World War, this Welsh-language story is the second novel from author Sion Hughes. The story follows Richard, a violinist from Wales who is transported into the world of espionage, moving to Cafe Rouge in a small Brittany village, living with a family […]

 Rhys Richards

THE WONDERCRUMP WORLD OF ROALD DAHL | ART PREVIEW

THE WONDERCRUMP WORLD OF ROALD DAHL | ART PREVIEW

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay Fri 12 Aug – Sat 31 Dec To mark the centenary of one of the greatest children’s writers of all time, the Wales Millennium Centre is set to capture some of Roald Dahl’s best and most memorable work in an interactive and immersive exhibition experience. Fresh from London’s Southbank Centre, […]

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FOOTBALL | BOOK REVIEW

FOOTBALL | BOOK REVIEW

Jean-Phillippe Toussaint (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Belgian writer Toussaint begins with a self-effacing disclaimer: that this compendium of intellectually-minded essays about football will be a turnoff to both intellectuals and football buffs. This isn’t necessarily true (wonderful, deep things have been written about the sport over the decades), but I was largely left unmoved by his musings. […]

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