About Us

Wales Arts Review works to bring our readers the best critical writing from Wales, and the best critical writing about Wales. It is a place where passionate and informed arts critics, from Wales and beyond, can find expression. Our writers are neither drum-beaters nor axe-grinders but simply knowledgeable and dedicated people who care deeply about culture and society.

Founded in March 2012, Wales Arts Review is a media platform where a new generation of critics and arts lovers can meet to engage in a robust and inclusive discussion about books, theatre, film, music, the visual arts, politics, and the media.

Wales Arts Review commissions and publishes content in the English language, yet it proudly acknowledges that Wales is a bilingual nation with a richly diverse bilingual culture. We therefore do not restrict our focus to arts and literature delivered only in the medium of English. We have published reviews and articles examining works by Welsh language artists and companies; from the work of Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru to TV hit crime-thriller Y Gwyll. We have also covered the National Eisteddfod and were proud to announce that the winner of our 2014 ‘Greatest Welsh Novel’ prize was Caradog Prichard’s Un Nos Ola Leaud. Wales Arts Review looks forward to working with partner organisations on future projects that critically evaluate and celebrate all the languages of Wales.

We believe that a vibrant arts scene is the expression of a confident, healthy and creative society. We further assert that a flourishing and vigorous critical culture is vital to its sustenance and development. As such, we regard Wales Arts Review as an important building-block in the new outward-looking, forward-thinking Wales.

Gary Raymond

Executive Editor

Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales's The Review Show, and has appeared as a commentator on a wide range of platforms, including BBC Radio Four's Front Row, and The Guardian. As well as being a prolific non-fiction writer, he has written three novels and two non-fiction books.

Ben Glover

Managing Editor

Ben Glover is a political essayist, activist and campaigner. After graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Ben has worked for a number of political parties on various projects and elections, both on a local and national level. The primary focus of his academic research and political writings has been investigations into the structures of power in Wales and abroad.

Caragh Medlicott

Editor

Caragh Medlicott is a columnist, reviewer and short story writer. She is a Cardiff University graduate with a First Class degree in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Her short stories have been published in The Cardiff Review and Parthian’s Cheval 12 anthology. She also works in PR, writing and coordinating pieces which have appeared in publications such as GQ, Forbes and The Times.

Bethan Hall

Assistant Editor

Bethan has a master's degree in Music from Cardiff University. Specialising in musicology, her interests lie predominantly with film music, analysis and the representation of nature through sound. Bethan also enjoys baking cakes and after the lockdown hopes to further her skills as an open water diver.

Emma Schofield

Senior Editor

An academic, commentator and writer, Emma Schofield has a PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University, where her thesis explored the connection between literature and devolution in Wales. She has contributed to a number of publications and is currently working on a book based on her research to date. Emma is particularly interested in the connections between politics, culture and identity in contemporary Wales. In her spare time Emma writes drama and fiction and is a contributor to BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio Wales through the BBC's New Generation Thinkers scheme.

Craig Austin

Senior Editor

Craig Austin is the Review’s lead writer on pop culture, his primary focus being the relationship between the arts and social and political change. Having spent his formative years in South Wales, Craig now lives in London, his location acting as an invaluable means of promoting Welsh arts to an ever wider audience. His writing has also appeared in NME and The Guardian.

Cerith Mathias

Contributing Editor

Cerith Mathias is a Producer, Writer and Events Manager. She has been at the helm of numerous BBC Wales political programmes including The Wales Report with Huw Edwards. Cerith is the Director of Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival, Co-Director of Cardiff Book Festival and a Co-Director of Pontypridd Books.