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Blackkklansman – Film Review

  Aaron Farrell Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is Colorado Springs first black cop and just the catalyst to herald a daring new mission for the sleepy precinct. Infiltrating the KkK. After Ron strikes up telephone contact through a, ‘Do you believe in White supremacy’ newspaper ad, he enlists Flip […]

Forgotten fruit – The Welsh apple renaissance

Carwyn Graves One of our widely-recognised problems in Wales is that we don’t know how to tell our country’s story. Not to ourselves, nor to the world. As a result, parts of our story simply fade into the past, as if they never happened, and as if they didn’t have […]

Review – Adra by Simon Brooks

  Ifan Morgan Jones This isn’t so much a review of Simon Brooks’ new book, Adra: Byw yn y Gorllewin Cymraeg [Home: Living in the Welsh-language West] as a discussion of it. Because, as an intensly political book, there doesn’t seem to be much point in judging it as ‘good’ […]

The History of Madagascar, by David Griffiths – Review

Jon Gower The recent visit to west Wales by the former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana served to underline a long and much-cherished connection between the two countries. It was one of many celebrations of the work of missionaries from Ceredigion who visited the African island two hundred years ago, […]

Permanent base would allow Eisteddfod to visit Powys ‘on a regular cycle’ says Plaid Cymru report

A Plaid Cymru report recommended the purchase of a “permanent base” for both the National Eisteddfod and Urdd Eisteddfod in Powys. The base would allow the county to host the National Eisteddfod and Urdd Eisteddfod “on a regular cycle”. Plaid Cymru was, however, keen to clarify that the report included recommendations […]

Ten Million Stars are Burning – Book Review

Jon Gower While we wait for the great Welsh novel in English this compelling documentary novel about Wales between the early 1970s and the demolishing referendum of 1979 helps gainfully fill the time. The documentary novel is a form not much employed in Wales, whereas in the United States it’s […]

Sicario 2: Soldado – Film Review

Aaron Farrell Taylor Sheridan is carving his way into the shortlist of thoughtful, brutal, gifted screenwriters with the deftness of a bowie knife in the hands of a hunter. He utilises real-world scenarios to tell tales of harsh landscapes and the harsher humanity that inhabit those places. Sicario, Hell or […]