Wales Arts Review is the critical writing hub for Wales.
Our primary aim is to provide high quality critical coverage of the arts in Wales. Wales Arts Review is also a platform for a new generation of Welsh critics to engage with the wider world through writing about and vigorously debating books, theatre, film, music, the visual arts and the media.
We believe that a vibrant arts scene is the expression of a confident, creative society. We also believe that a healthy critical culture is vital to its sustenance and development. As such, we see Wales Arts Review as another important building-block in the new outward-looking, forward-thinking Wales.
Wales Arts Review takes very seriously its role in nurturing new critics. If you would like to contribute to any aspect of the Wales Arts Review project, no matter what your experience, age or area of expertise, we want to hear from you. Introduce yourself by emailing our editor’s desk.
Gary is a writer of fiction, an essayist and a playwright. He was co-founder and editor of The Raconteur before co-founding Wales Arts Review. His latest book is an introduction to the life, work and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien, out in late 2012 from Ivy Press. He also lectures in English and Creative Writing at University of Wales, Newport.
Phil is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Newport. He is also a playwright and theatre practitioner, working in Wales, England and America. He has written for Wales Arts Review, The Raconteur and New Welsh Review.
Steph is a critic, essayist, poet and composer. In addition to being a deputy editor of Wales Arts Review, she is editor of Composers of Wales Quarterly and been published in a range of journals including Planet, Tempo and (Spring 2013) Poetry Wales. Her music has been performed by Llŷr Williams, PM Ensemble and others and she has been a music-educator and performer of contemporary music at international level.
John has a doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. He writes fiction, primarily short stories, and has had work published by Spork Press and Dead Ink Books. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of www.lampeter-review.com
Ben is a political essayist and campaigner. He has worked for a number of political parties on various projects and elections, both on a local and national level. He has written for The Raconteur and Wales Arts Review.
Dean is a freelance designer and illustrator. He also works with vulnerable young people with behavioural and learning difficulties in an educational setting. His first animated film ‘Silverfish’ was shown on BBC2 as part of a first time film makers series. He hates two-line biographies.
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Jennifer is a Social Media Specialist and freelance user experience architect. She also has a background in English and creative writing, and a keen interest in digital publishing.
Dylan is a writer, teacher and broadcaster. In addition to editing Wales Arts Review, Dylan writes for theartsdesk.com and his work has also appeared in Planet, New Welsh Review and The Daily Telegraph; he has also contributed to programmes on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Wales television.
Wales Arts Review is a not-for-profit online arts magazine. Wales Arts Review gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council Wales, Wales Arts International, the Welsh Books Council and the Rhys Davies Trust.