Our Best Reviews of 2018

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 2018 reviews archive, and a small display of the quality critical writing our writers produce.

Non-fiction Books

Leighton Andrews on Nothing Has Changed by Adrian Masters

Nigel Jarrett on Debussy: A Painter in Sound by Stephen Walsh

Adam Somerset on Menna Elfyn’s biography of Eluned Phillips, Absolute Optimist.


Sophie Baggott on Robert Walton’s Sax Burglar Blues, Paul Henry’s The Glass Aisle,


Carolyn Percy on West by Carys Davies.

Jim Perrin on Christopher Meredith’s Brief Lives.

Michelle Deininger on Glen James Brown’s Ironopolis.

Craig Austin on A Simple Scale by David Llewellyn.

Bethan James on Joao Morais’ Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster.


Gary Raymond on Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff.

Nigel Jarrett on Shani Rhys James’ This Inconstant State at the Connaught Brown Gallery in London.

Gary Raymond on the major Kyffin Williams’ retrospective at the National Library of Wales, Behind the Frame.


Jake Young on horror serial Requiem.

Gary Raymond on Keeping Faith.

Adam Somerset on David Hurn: A Life in Pictures.

David Cottis on Anthony Hopkins in BBC’s King Lear.

Gary Raymond on Apostle.


Gary Raymond on Storm 1: Nothing Remains the Same by National Theatre Wales, and Highway One by Theatr 012 and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Jafar Iqbal on Dirty Protest’s Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, Tremor at the Sherman, and Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Siobhan Denton on Carys Eleri’s Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff).

Thomas Tyrrell on Everyman Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof.

Georgie Bolwell on Home, I’m Darling at Theatr Clwyd.

Taylor Edmonds on Illumine Theatre’s 2023.


Phil Morris on Black Panther.

Nia Edwards-Behi on the WOW festival.


Chris Deliso on Tro by Gwyneth Glyn

Gary Raymond on Babelsberg by Gruff Rhys, Accü’s Echo the Red, and Joy Formidable’s Aaarth.

Live Music

Cath Barton on the William Bolcom 80th Birthday concert.

Nigel Jarrett at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

David Truslove on the Newbury Spring Festival.

John Lavin on Gwenno’s Edrica.

Edward Christian-Hare at the Eric Hodges Memorial Prize.


Cath Barton on Swansea City Opera’s Barber of Seville.

Nigel Jarrett on WNO’s La Triviata.


Jemma Beggs on Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.

Gary Raymond on Jo Fong’s An Invitation…and NDCWales’s Roots.

David Truslove on NDCWales and MTW’s Passion.


Adam Somerset on Radio Four’s The Echo Chamber with Gillian Clarke, and Twm Morys’ exploration of Cynghanedd in To Rhyme and Chime for a Chair.