On the last day of 2021, we take a look back at some of the most popular interviews to be featured in Wales Arts Review this year. We were in conversation with artists, writers, activists, scientists and many more incredible individuals – their thoughts and insights will no doubt serve us well as we embark on a new year. Without further ado, here are our top 10 most read interviews of 2021!
10. Andrew Ogun in Conversation | Driving Change
Caragh Medlicott catches up with writer, designer and activist Andrew Ogun, who was this year appointed as Agent of Change for Arts Council Wales. Read the full interview here.
9. Natalya Romaniw in Conversation
Welsh opera star Natalya Romaniw describes her COVID-year to Linda Christmas, from the excitement of receiving prestigious awards to the disappointment of having no audience. Read the full interview here.
8. Manon Steffan Ros in Conversation
Gary Raymond talks to four-time Wales Book of the Year winner Manon Steffan Ros, one of the most successful novelists writing in Welsh right now. Read the full interview here.
7. Horatio Clare discusses Heavy Light
Author Horatio Clare discusses his new book, Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing, with Gary Raymond, charting his journey from a manic breakdown in 2018. Read the full interview here.
6. Kayleigh Llewellyn in Conversation
Caragh Medlicott discusses the making of award-winning BBC3 series In My Skin with its creator, Kayleigh Llewellyn. Read the full interview here.
5. Shani Rhys James in Conversation
Gary Raymond talks to artist Shani Rhys James about her lockdown and family tragedy-inspired exhibition in Mayfair. Read the full interview here.
4. Lucy Owen on the Escapism of Writing for Children
Journalist, newsreader and TV presenter Lucy Owen discusses the publication of her third children’s book,Flower Girl, with Gary Raymond. Read the full interview here.
3. Charlotte Williams in Conversation
Darren Chetty discusses the need for change in the Welsh education system with Professor Charlotte Williams, who has chaired a group looking at how the new school curriculum for Wales can be developed with and informed by BAME communities. Read the full interview here.
2. Katy Wix in Conversation | Grief, Writing and Body Image
Caragh Medlicott catches up with comedian, actor and writer Katy Wix to discuss her acclaimed memoir,Delicacy. Read the full interview here.
1. Professor Alice Roberts in Conversation
Caragh Medlicott talks with Professor Alice Roberts, following the release of her book, Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials. Read the full interview here.