christmas special

Podcast | Christmas Special

In this Christmas special, we speak to Gary Raymond, editor of the Wales Arts Review, critic, novelist and broadcaster, about his new book, How Love Actually Ruined Christmas (or Colourful Narcotics). We talk about the film, publishing during a pandemic, and what elements make up a Christmas film. In the second segment, we are joined by friends of the podcast and contributors to the Wales Arts Review for conversations about all things festive—from Christmas comfort films to most hated festive foods. We also catch up with the final 100 Page Turners of Wales category, Crime and Conflict, before giving you an unfortunate glimpse behind the scenes of our podcast recording process with a bumper blooper reel.

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Links to Articles Discussed in this Christmas Special:

Lisa Smithstead, Books | How Love Actually Ruined Christmas by Gary Raymond

Emma Schofield, 100 Page Turners of Wales | Conflict and Crime

The Gone Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the Train

‘Vienna Beat’ by Blue Dot Sessions
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‘jazzy bells (jingle bells)’ by Dee Yan-Key
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