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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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SECOND-HAND TIME | BOOK REVIEW

SECOND-HAND TIME | BOOK REVIEW

Svetlana Alexievich (Fitzcarraldo Editions) In what is considered to be the magnum opus from the Belarusian writer, and winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, she weaves together a rich tapestry of Russian voices and thoughts during the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, and the subsequent emergence of a […]

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WE AND ME | BOOK REVIEW

WE AND ME | BOOK REVIEW

Saskia de Coster, trans. Nancy Forest Flier (World Editions) Saskia de Coster is already an established Belgian author, and now the award winning We and Me has been translated into English. With a laconic grandmother, a neurotic mother, a career-driven father, a felon uncle and nosy neighbours, young Sarah tries to carve out her place in the world. […]

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WIND/PINBALL | BOOK REVIEW

WIND/PINBALL | BOOK REVIEW

Haruki Murakami (Penguin) Haruki Murakami is beyond any doubt Japan’s most internationally successful writer, with novels like Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 stunning critics and audiences alike. However, his first two novels Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 were not published in English outside Japan, until now that is. Wind/Pinball combines the two novels in one edition, and both follow […]

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LAUGHARNE FESTIVAL | 2016

LAUGHARNE FESTIVAL | 2016

Literature, comedy, and music galore. Rhodri Jones follows in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas and takes a look at what to expect from this year’s Laugharne Festival. If, in previous years, you’ve been to the Laugharne Weekend, I’m pretty sure that you’ve already got tickets for this year’s event. It’s that sort of weekend. And […]

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HAY FESTIVAL | REVIEW

Aneira Davies samples the best of this year’s Hay Festival.

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WILLY VLAUTIN | REVIEW & INTERVIEW

Willy Vlautin Cardiff Arts Institute, Cardiff Wed 10 Feb It’s well-established that a large portion of people in possession of a checked shirt and a few American records have a desire to up sticks to Portland, Oregon. Tonight, Willy Vlautin provides the justification for this whim. The first part of Portland native Vlautin’s performance comprises […]

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TEA AND WRITING: Tracing Flight Readings

WORDS AND PICTURE: REBECCA BRYNOLF Tracing Flight Readings Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, Penylan. Thurs 2 April What a frightfully civilised affair. A cool spring evening, a pine bedecked teahouse and lots of artistic types giving newly written prose their first official outings. Tracing Flight, a small collective of writers who, after having confined their work to […]

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SPEAK THE WORD: Audiobooks Get Cool

words: Rebecca Fenton Audiobooks, or ‘talking books’, have traditionally received rather a bad rap. Commonly sneered at as regular books’ bastard little brothers, they have historically been sidelined as intended only for the visual impaired, blind, elderly or ill. A kind of snobbery has always plagued audiobooks, which have been perceived over the years as […]