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Books of the Year (part 1)

It’s not been a particularly active year for the blog but, for what it’s worth, I thought I would collate some of my favourite cultural moments of 2014. Let’s start with those books published this year which gave me most … Continue reading

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Dannie

On a Sunday afternoon this year, I received an email from a close friend with the simple title, ‘Dannie’. I understood at once what it meant. One of the greatest Welsh voices of the last seventy years had finally been … Continue reading

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Welsh Music Prize 2014

I don’t know why music has such a hold on me. For some reason, it reaches down into my very guts and won’t let me go. I’m also a bit partial to all things Welsh. So, Welsh music? You probably … Continue reading

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Modern Life

Do you remember that strange feeling you had when you first read the opening of ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’? That’s exactly how I felt as I read George Saunders latest collection of short stories, ‘Tenth of December’. Saunders presents a world which … Continue reading

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Learning to read

If Steinbeck was alive today he’d be 111 years old. That’s about how old I feel after every time I read ‘Of Mice and Men’. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. Or I should say, I liked it. For … Continue reading

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