It has been an exciting year at Wales Arts Review, and we have been privileged to publish a huge display of talent from Welsh writers on an array of fascinating subjects. Here we pick through a small selection of the best articles of 2016. As usual, to read, just click on the red.
Best Articles of 2016:
A Tribute to David Bowie
A Letter from the Editor
Our founding editor, Gary Raymond, pleads a very strong case against cutting public subsidy of the arts in Wales.
Catherine Fisher has conquered the three peaks of literature; her Young Adult novels and her poetry are critically lauded, award-winning, and best-selling. Here, ahead of the publication of the fourth in her acclaimed Chronoptika Quartet, The Speed of Darkness, Catherine explains the challenges and rewards of attempting such an ambitious project.
Tanja Raman investigates the similarities & differences in arts funding in Wales & Finland in her article: A Common Goal.
Kaite O’Reilly discusses her latest project, Cosy, a play that tackles the taboo of aging.
Published poet M. Oliver-Semenov details the creative process and the struggles behind putting together his poetry collection The Elephant’s Foot.
David Cottis discusses the Shakespeare and Wales event at the Chapter Arts Centre celebrating Shakespeare films with panel discusssions.
Transnational Literature Festival
Siân Melangell Dafydd introduces our new series, in partnership with Bath Spa University, exploring the field of transnational literature and writing.
Richard Porch discusses the concept that a tin can that has been discarded can be classified as found art in a public space.
Creative Producer of Cardiff’s The Other Room, Ben Atterbury, shares the story of how he put together his first season programme.
Adam Somerset looks at the work of arguably Wales’ finest nature photographer, Jeremy Moore and his work in Pembrokeshire.
The Big Read
In this highly personal serialised essay, writer and academic Adnan Mahmutović reflects on the extraordinary nature of Ramadan.
Sian Norris reflects on why Donald Trump’s horribly controversial comments alluding to rape culture came as a surprise to men, but not women.
As part of our celebration of Roald Dahl’s centenary year, in partnership with the Roald Dahl Conference at Cardiff University, Professor Keiko Tanaka explores the dominant role played by chocolate and sweets in Dahl’s work.
Rebecca F. John describes how travelling has affected the planning and writing of the short stories and the novel she has written.
Bill Rees recounts his personal experience of encountering the treatment of asylum seekers in the village of Le Vigan, France.
International Day of the Girl
To celebrate the United Nations International Day of the Girl, Amelia Fae picks some of the most inspirational women writers in Welsh history
In the second of our series looking at the riches of Denbigh’s literary history, John Idris Jones focuses on the love of affair Wordsworth had with the place.
Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month Wales, Durre S. Mughal has compiled a non-exhaustive list of black writers with strong connection to Wales, who should be celebrated and known about for their work and achievements.
Mental Health Arts Festival
Wales Arts Review has been on hand for a guided tour of some of the visual arts at the Mental Health Arts Festival in Cardiff.
Art and Literature
A panoply of work from a new Jan Morris exhibition including essays by the artists and an exclusive introduction by the exhibition’s curator, Iwan Bala.
BBC NOW Composition: Wales | Comment
Steph Power discusses the BBC NOW Composition: Wales event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff where new composers submit their work.
The Politics of Authenticity by Sophie McKeand
This list of the best articles of 2016 is by no means every article we have published in 2016, but rather a sample of what we have covered. To explore our archive in full click on the red.