A Weekend with Dylan Thomas

By Gwen Miles On the first weekend of November, I made my way into the centre of Swansea to get involved in a celebration of poetry. 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of the Do Not Go Gentle Festival, two days of acts and performances taking place in venues across the city centre. This year, headliners included Francesca Martinez and Tony...

Leviathan Review

By Carys Svendsen *****/5 “...to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.” -Herman Melville As a person who is unaccustomed to attending dance shows, I was instantly sold by Leviathan, mainly due to its awesome title and the fact that it was the first time the James...

Five things I’ve learnt in 2017

By: Emily Maybanks It’s reached that time of year when people use the phrase “if I don’t see you before, have a lovely Christmas”, which means that the end of 2017 is looming and the beginning of a new year is almost upon us. 2017 has been a crazy year to say the very least. In an increasingly worrying time...

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Review

By Carys Svendsen **/5 Jane Eyre is very much the marmite of the literature world. When Taliesin announced the show Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, I leapt at the chance to attend the show. From what I remembered, Jane Eyre was a great book with an intriguing plot and, if you looked past Mr Rochester, an all-round page turner, albeit slow in...

Zach Meyer – Questions & Answers

By: Emily Maybanks I recently picked up a copy of Popshot – an illustrated magazine full of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. What really caught my eye though, was the front cover. I was so impressed by the illustration, that I reached out to the artist, Zach Meyer, who agreed to answer some questions for me. Based in Brooklyn, New York,...

Top 5 festive jumpers

It’s that time of year again when people start sporting jumpers as the winter weather moves in. From ridiculously over the top patterns to holiday jokes and the more simple, tasteful designs, here are my top 5 contenders for the best/worst jumpers this year. #1 Threadbare Pom Pom Christmas Elf Knitter Hood £28, Next Now THIS is a Christmas Jumper! What I like about...

Walking in a Swansea Wonderland

By Carys Svendsen It’s that time of the year again: Time for reluctantly accepting the freezing Welsh rain (and perhaps snow) in your warmest outfit known to man and getting excited for accepting a blanket as your second skin once again whilst you snuggle against that special someone. Oh, and let’s not forget the excuse for hot chocolate every day....

Yule

by Kassy Fox Also known as Alban Arthan by the Druids, stretches back in history to many ancient practices. Most of which prominently feature a festival associated with the birth of a God, and hoping to bring back the sun which gives life, encouraging birth and re-birth in the cycle. Modern Paganism has turned its focus more towards family and festival,...

Universal Credit: What is it?

by Megan Thomas “What exactly is Universal Credit and why is it so controversial?” is exactly the question no one wants to ask right now, but feel like they should know. No fear, we’re here to tell you exactly what’s been going on with the Government’s contentious new benefits plan. Universal Credit replaces Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based...

Plaid Cymru give support to Catalan independance

by Megan Thomas Plaid Cymru have given their support to the Catalonian struggle for independence. The Catalonian independence movement made headlines recently, when the Catalonian Government held an independence referendum that the central Spanish Government in Madrid declared illegal and against the Spanish constitution. What followed was shocking violence against the Catalan voters on behalf of the Spanish Government (the...