Welcome to episode two of the new Wales Arts Review podcast, the home for all the best chat on what’s going on in arts and culture in Wales. In this new show, Wales Arts Review editor Gary Raymond talks to CEO of Literature Wales Lleucu Siencyn live at the Hay Festival about that organisation’s new corporate strategy that will lay out what they intend to do to carry out support, development and promotion of Welsh literature and writers over the coming years.
Gary also talks to Wales Arts Review associate editor and writer Durre Shahwar about her recent writer in residence post at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea, where Durre was tasked with creating written work in response to the Phytopia exhibition. Durre also treats us to a reading of some of the new work that has come out of that residency.
Also, we have the latest news from the arts in Wales.
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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 new 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.
In our first four years, we have published over a 3 million words by more than three hundred writers – we also remain committed to advancing the art of criticism and run an annual mentorship scheme to discover and develop new writers from across 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.