192 posts about Books on this blog
Monday 12 December 2011, 11:30
It has been a busy couple of months for Abergavenny writer Owen Sheers. November saw the film adaptation of his novel Resistance hit the silver screen and today he has been appointed as the first-ever artist in residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.
The post will see him immersed in the national sport...
Friday 9 December 2011, 11:24
The Hay Festival has become such a massive phenomenon, inspiring imitators across the UK and beyond, that it's sometimes difficult to remember how it all started.
Unless, that is, you drop into the Hay Winter Weekend, as we did for Sunday's Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales.
For several years now,...
Wednesday 30 November 2011, 15:51
A confessional diary detailing the promiscuous life of a Victorian gentleman living in rural Wales 150 years ago has been published.
Journalist Steve Dubé, the former farming editor of the Western Mail, came across the diary of by chance in the Pembrokeshire Record Office in Haverfordwest several years...
Tuesday 29 November 2011, 16:04
The only known vampire in Wales - arguably the oldest recorded in Britain - came from the border area around the end of the 12th century.
Little is known about this case, but it did appear to leave an entire community seriously anaemic before it ended with the full works, including the traditional exhumation...
Wednesday 23 November 2011, 10:54
As I said to Byron Rogers, when I first came to mid Wales as a young reporter, I was like a kid waking up in Disneyland.
I think he got the point. Byron, who opens Sunday's edition of Phil The Shelf, is also a journalist. More distinguished, obviously, than I've ever been, but drawn to the same kind...
Monday 21 November 2011, 12:39
The British Council's India Wales Writers Chain is a project that marks and celebrates a growing relationship between Indian and Welsh literature.
In the latest stage of the project, Welsh poets Siân Melangell Dafydd, Robert Minhinnick, Twm Morys and Eurig Salisbury have recently travelled to Kerala...
Thursday 17 November 2011, 10:05
I heard Brian Cox, TV's Mr Science, on the radio some weeks ago saying with absolute certainty: "There are no ghosts." As if anyone who thought otherwise was a moron.
At which point, for me, Cox's credibility went right down the pan. Now, when he tells us how many holes there are in the asteroid belt...
Friday 11 November 2011, 11:29
I'm sitting here slightly shelf-shocked.
The new series of the Radio Wales book programme starts on Sunday... towards the end of probably the most dramatic year in the book world for three quarters of a century.
Not particularly dramatic in what we're reading - most of the year's bestsellers have been...
Thursday 10 November 2011, 11:15
Belfast-born author Lucy Caldwell has scooped the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize for her novel The Meeting Point.
Caldwell was presented with the £30,000 prize at a ceremony in Swansea, Dylan Thomas' birthplace, last night. The Meeting Point is the London-based author's second novel.
Tuesday 8 November 2011, 15:10
Most people are aware of Dylan Thomas, the boozy "enfant terrible" of the 1940s and 50s literary scene. Like a blazing meteor the Welsh poet, story writer and broadcaster burned briefly and then left the stage, leaving only memories and a body of about ninety poems as his memorial.
Monday 7 November 2011, 17:25
It's fair to say that the success of his début novel, Submarine, opened a string of doors for Swansea author Joe Dunthorne.
Five years ago he was a creative writing graduate dreaming of getting published, now he has two novels, a film adaptation, two mini-collections of poetry and a literary prize under...
Friday 28 October 2011, 16:13
"I am Welsh, you know" - Henry IV
So little is known about the life of William Shakespeare that scholarly debates continue to rage nearly 400 years after his death. Our scant biographical knowledge has been augmented by theory, supposition and guesswork, but we will probably never know more than a fragment...
Wednesday 26 October 2011, 17:32
Roald Dahl's collection of short stories Someone Like You has been selected as one of the 25 for the 2012 World Book Night.
Last year's inaugural event saw 1,000,000 free books distributed to readers across the UK. For the second year in 2012, the World Book Night...
Tuesday 25 October 2011, 18:15
The Literature Lounge set up by Literature Wales for the month of October is now in its final week, and it's concluding with an array of events for children and adults alike.
Literature Wales established the pop-up open space for one month only in an empty unit in Cardiff's St David's shopping complex...
Friday 21 October 2011, 12:05
A new festival organised by Cardiff University offers the chance to hear some of Wales' leading authors, poets and scholars speak about their latest works, with many of the events absolutely free of charge.
The launch weekend of the Creative Minds festival takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October...
Tuesday 18 October 2011, 11:55
The dark nights are here, which can mean only one thing: it must be time for another series of the BBC Radio Wales book programme, Phil The Shelf.
It starts on 13 November, to be exact, in the run-up to Christmas - on the basis that one of the great festive traditions is sitting down with a good book...
Friday 14 October 2011, 15:00
A festival to celebrate the lifetime achievements of the man they call the Welsh Dickens gets underway in Mold, Flintshire this weekend.
Author Daniel Owen was born in 1836 into a mining family and is seen by many as representative of the typical struggles and issues of local life in that era.
Friday 14 October 2011, 11:44
Swansea is gearing up for this year's Dylan Thomas Festival, which runs from 27 October to 9 November, with various literary figures descending on the city to share their thoughts on the icon while showcasing their own talents.
The festival, now in its 13th year, focuses not only on Dylan Thomas' work...
Friday 14 October 2011, 11:25
The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, are returning to the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea this December to share and discuss their work.
The event was a sell-out last year and this time looks like being no different, with tickets going so fast that organisers...
Wednesday 12 October 2011, 16:51
"See you again next year," the bookseller said, "if Amazon hasn't done for us by then."
It was the last event on my publicity tour of the Wales/England border for the new novel which, like most of them, is set in that general area. I did signings at bookshops from Abergavenny to Oswestry, some very...
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