Token Wales

In September something most unusual happened: a group of Welsh people stood up for Wales. The action took the form of an open letter from 40 Welsh playwrights to National …

Runners and riders

12.30 BUTETOWN WELSH LABOUR CUP (Class 6) For British-bred hacks, mules and token mares Winner: £135,000 a year plus expenses  Distance: Until reaching the knacker’s yard  Going: Heavy  Weather: Dull …

Dear Adam

Dear Adam Congratulations/llongyfarchiadau on your election as the new leader of Plaid Cymru. Right, that’s enough back-slapping – as you well know there’s much work to do and not a …

That sinking feeling

For my birthday in early June my partner treated us to a mini-break in Talacharn (note: I reject the laughable anglo travesty ‘Laugharne’). We stayed in Browns Hotel itself, famed …

Lit. crit.

I’m going to wade into the controversy that has raged since the publication in June of the Welsh government’s Independent Review of Support for Publishing and Literature in Wales. The …

Merthyr moments

My partner has cancer. He has been so brave. We had to go to Merthyr for the next bout of chemotherapy. I had not set foot in Merthyr Tudful for at …

Wonders to behold

Why should I always produce original material and new ideas? Why can’t I just regurgitate hackneyed formulas and knackered stereotypes like everyone else?  Hmm, let’s see whether I can wring anything …

Council elections

Oh no, it’s voting time. Council elections for all 22 Welsh local authorities take place on May 4th. I will duly trudge to the polling station tomorrow, duly put my crosses next …