Our Best Reviews of 2017

Our Best Reviews of 2017

At Wales Arts Review we believe critical writing should be worth reading for its own sake. With that in mind, here is a small selection of the best reviews of 2017, and a small display of the quality critical writing our writers produce.

Best Reviews of 2017:


John Elwyn: A Quiet Sincerity by Karen Westendorf.


Semele by Cath Barton

A co-production between Mid Wales Opera and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in association with the Academy of Ancient Music


Psalmody by Maria Apichella by Carla Manfredino

Carla Manfredino reviews Psalmody by Maria Apichella, a thoughtful and refreshing collection illustrating the often trivial aspects of love and religion.


Profundis/Green House by Gary Raymond


The Glenys Cour Retrospective by Anne Price-Owen

Glenys Cour, The Colour of Saying: an artist and her world, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 10 December 2016 – (5) extended to 12 February 2017.


The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer by Carolyn Percy

Carolyn Percy reviews The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamera mysterious journey of self-discovery with a unique dual timeline narrative.


Diffusion Festival by Gary Raymond

Revolution is the theme as Gary Raymond explores the opening night of Cardiff’s International Festival of Photography.


People Have the Power by Craig Austin

In People Power: Fighting for Peace, the Imperial War Museum London presents the UK’s first major exhibition to explore the evolution of the anti-war movement from the First World War to the present day. Craig Austin presents a very personal response to the exhibition, drawing parallels between the source material and today’s political and cultural mood.


Focus by Sophie McKeand


Boho by Georgie Bolwell


Writing Motherhood: A Creative Anthology by Helen Calcutt


Land of Legends by Emma Schofield


Dat’s Love by Leonora Britto by Mustafa Hameed

Mustafa Hameed reviews Leonora Brito’s Dat’s Love, a collection of short stories exploring race, identity and love.


Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky at the WNO by Nigel Jarrett

Nigel Jarrett is at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for a Welsh National Opera performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina.


Soft Mutations by Nicky Arscott by Helen Pendry


Dylan ar Faith: Thomas Picton by Adam Somerset