Wales

She’s leaving home: Breakdown, by Cathy Sweeney, reviewed

13 January 2024 9:00 am

One ordinary November day in Dublin, without forethought or planning, a woman walks out on her husband and two teenage children and never comes back

Dark days in Wales: Of Talons and Teeth, by Niall Griffiths, reviewed

6 January 2024 9:00 am

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution a mountain is being hollowed out for mining, and everyone is covered in mud or worse in this memorable and highly original novel

Escape into the wild: Run to the Western Shore, by Tim Pears, reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

A chieftain’s daughter flees an arranged marriage with the Roman governor of Britain, enlisting the help of slave and risking both their lives

Magic tricks

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Five short stories with male narrators – including a seahorse and a vampire – revolve around masculinity’s contradictory demands and the wish to belong

How Rishi Sunak should react to the Ely riot

27 May 2023 9:00 am

‘There’s a lot of societal issues in Ely,’ said an anonymous caller to BBC Radio Wales the morning after the…

Jan Morris’s ‘national treasure’ status is misleading

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Almost two years after the death of Jan Morris, the jaunty travel writer and pioneer of modern gender transition, her…

Seize the moment: Undercurrent, by Barney Norris, reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Barney Norris’s third novel opens with a wedding in April. The couple tying the knot don’t matter; it’s the occasion…

Muddled, tricksy and cheap: The Corn is Green at the Lyttelton Theatre reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams is a sociology essay written in 1938 about a prickly tyrant, Miss Moffat,…

Covid is rising again. Should we worry?

11 March 2022 11:50 pm

For some time now, Covid has been rising in Scotland – there are now more Scots in hospital with Covid…

Letters: How the UK should respond to Russia

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Soft options Sir: In relation to strengthening the impact of the Russian sanctions package (‘Tsar Vladimir’, 26 February), please may…

I’m stuck in Surrey, get me outta here!

12 February 2022 9:00 am

After most of Islington moved to Wales, it was foolish of me to think about following. But the need to…

Parallel lives: Violets, by Alex Hyde, reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

When Violet wakes up in Birmingham Women’s Hospital at the start of Alex Hyde’s debut novel her first thought is…

Jan Morris’s last book is a vade mecum to treasure

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Jan Morris, in all her incarnations, was always able to evoke a place and a moment like no other. As…

Interview: Rowan Williams on Wales, independence and the King Lear of Westminster

12 December 2021 7:00 pm

Rowan Williams is no stranger to politics. As Archbishop of Canterbury he was as comfortable criticising Tony Blair over Iraq…

The small Welsh village taking on the tree planting industry

31 October 2021 6:00 pm

The village of Cwrt y Cadno sits in a particularly pretty and unspoiled valley in Carmarthenshire, south west Wales. The…

You need to be a millionaire to move to Wales

4 September 2021 9:00 am

We began searching for the farm of our dreams in Wales as we planned our escape from Surrey. The problem…

Devolution doesn't work in a crisis

13 August 2021 11:35 pm

One of the worst features of devolution is the tendency of devocrats to insist on doing their own thing in…

The true cost of my week in Wales

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Rather miraculously, my daughter managed to leave the country last week to go on holiday with a group of friends.…

It’s time to upgrade the office of the Welsh first minister

28 July 2021 12:30 am

Some of the most revealing detail from newly released 1997 government files relate to Welsh constitutional affairs. The Home Office…

Welsh independence faces an existential crisis

11 July 2021 1:39 pm

Wales has never embraced the notion of independence and perhaps never will. So it was unsurprising that YesCymru, a grassroots…

King of Fortress Wales: an interview with Mark Drakeford

19 June 2021 3:23 pm

Mark Drakeford sits opposite me in a small conference room on the third floor of Cathays Park, the nucleus of…

Scrapping English votes for English laws could spell trouble

17 June 2021 9:56 pm

It has been almost 45 years since Tam Dalyell first asked the West Lothian Question. It is a damning indictment…

Your guide to the 2021 election results

5 May 2021 7:11 pm

This week will see the biggest set of polls in UK history outside of a general election. Contests are under…

Number 10 should fear a Welsh nationalist coalition

23 April 2021 8:55 pm

As Disraeli’s famous maxim goes: England does not love coalitions. In Wales, by contrast, we can’t get enough of them.…

Is Welsh devo-scepticism beginning to unravel?

9 April 2021 10:36 pm

Calls to abolish the Welsh parliament are nothing new: Wales rejected devolution in 1979 and voted only by the smallest…