About Us

Wales Arts Review is a home for high quality critical writing and arts coverage – 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.

Bethan Hall

Assistant Editor

Bethan is currently working towards her master's degree in Music at 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.

Josie Cray

Contributing Editor

Josie is currently working towards a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on the author and diarist Anaïs Nin and her relationship to Surrealism. Aside from her research, she enjoys engaging with visual culture, watching cartoons, reading books, drawing and painting. As well as writing for the Wales Arts Review, Josie co-hosts and produces the Wales Arts Review Podcast.

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Rosie Couch

Contributing Editor

Rosie is currently working towards a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her thesis focuses on the contemporary femme fatale in women’s writing, film, and television. More broadly, her interests include contemporary literature, feminism, femininity, and popular culture. As well as writing for the Wales Arts Review, Rosie co-hosts and produces the Wales Arts Review Podcast.

Gary Raymond

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 two novels, THE GOLDEN ORPHANS (Parthian, 2018), and FOR THOSE WHO COME AFTER (Parthian, 2015), and has edited several non-fiction books. His third novel is scheduled to be out in 2021.

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.

Emma Schofield

Senior Editor

An academic, essayist and commentator, 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 also runs the Writing Wales blog and has contributed to BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme through their 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.

Holly Mc Elroy

Contributing Editor

Holly Mc Elroy is currently studying for her master’s in Environment and Development at Cardiff University with a special interest in the relationship between gender and environmentalism. Alongside this she is passionate about literature and writing, and regularly contributes to the Cardiff student magazine, Quench. Holly began with Wales Arts Review on a work experience programme in 2020.

Ella Saoirse Clucas

Assistant Editor

Ella Saoirse Clucas is a first class graduate of English Literature and Creative Writing with a passion for performance poetry and a keen interest in cultural and critical theory. She is a co-founder of Cardiff University’s Creative Writing Society and a published writer for Quench Magazine, both in print and online. Ella also works in content creation, social media management and marketing strategy, and will soon begin studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature.

Caragh Medlicott

Contributing 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.

Steph Power

Contributing Editor

Steph Power is a freelance writer and composer. In addition to Wales Arts Review, she is a critic for The Independent, The Stage, BBC Music Magazine, Opera Now and Tempo. Further writing and poetry has been published by Opera Magazine, Planet, Agenda, New Left Project, Poetry Wales and The Lonely Crowd. Her music has been performed across and beyond Wales. In a former life, she was a guitarist and percussionist specialising internationally in contemporary classical music.