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Reading Woolf during dangerous times

As a woman, a reader and a writer Woolf was extraordinary. But what she shows us above all is the importance of art in making sense of a world which is dangerous, chaotic and fragile but can also offer us beauty, compassion and hope.

Virgina Woolf's diaries

Interview with poet and novelist Christopher Meredith

Following his unique same-day publication of poetry collection Still and novel Please, Christopher Meredith talks to Diana Wallace about writing, and not writing, poetry and prose.

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In the PoemGarden

“If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete” (Marcus Tullius Cicero Epistulae Ad Familiares, Letter IV; To Varro). Professor Alice Entwistle looks at the psychological as well as physical health benefits of growing and caring for plants. 

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Allen Raine - a distinctive female voice in Wales

English PhD researcher Juliet Larsen has been inspired by the work of the Welsh woman writer Allen Raine. 

Allen Raine (the pseudonym of Anne Adalisa Evans) - English Research by Juliet Larson, PhD

Interview with fantasy-crime writer David Towsey

USW Creative Writing students ask lecturer and novelist David Towsey, one half of the writing partnership ‘D.K. Fields’, about the experience of writing the second novel in the fantasy-crime trilogy Tales of Fenest and the challenges of publishing.

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Historical romance and escapism

In times of stress, many of us crave a little light relief and, ideally, a happy ending.


Alice Entwistle on poetry

Texts which use the fewest words are always the ones which seem most compelling, says Professor Alice Entwistle. 

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Dr Richard Price

A new research project by Professor Kevin Mills focuses on Dr Richard Price of Llangeinor. Enlightenment philosopher, political thinker, and mathematician, Price has been called Wales’ most influential; thinker. 

Writing Widow’s Welcome

Widow’s Welcome, the new urban fantasy-crime novel by partnership David Towsey and Katherine Stansfield writing as ‘D.K. Fields’, was published in August 2019. It’s the first in a trilogy to be published by Head of Zeus. Set in the fictional Union of Realms during election year, the novel explores the power of stories and the story of power. Here USW's Creative Writing lecturer David Towsey discusses the pains and pleasures of co-authorship. 

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How can literary research help us to understand the Celtic world view?

Whyt Pugh, Ph.D. student in English, discusses the difficulties of analysing Welsh and Irish mythologies which exist in medieval transcripts but have their roots in much earlier oral cultures.

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Here are Lovers 

Professor Diana Wallace, editor of ‘Here are Lovers’, gives the background to this intelligent and gripping novel.

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