This popped up in the inbox today. A very nice touch and it contains more than a hint that the recent gigs have persuaded her to return to live performing. On twitter, one of her backing singers said she thought more were planned for next spring. Elizabeth Fraser A Message From Elizabeth With each passing … More A message from Elizabeth Fraser
Now that Newport Art College has been renovated and transformed into posh flats it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t that long ago when it was a wreck. At that time I made a programme for BBC Radio Wales which you can read about and listen to here and Jo Haycock accompanied me with her camera. Now the … More Newport Art College exhibition
5. ‘The Doll Princess’ by Tom Benn This novel won me over. I thought I was going to hate it on the basis of the first few pages and it took some time to adjust both to the Mancunian dialect the characters speak and the bleak moral view of the underworld which they inhabit. But … More Dylan Thomas Prize 3
There’s been a lot of coverage today about the supposed possibility that the Dandy could close before its 75th birthday. I wouldn’t worry too much: we’ve been here before with DC Thompson’s publicity stunts – remember when Dennis the Menace was going to wear a shell suit instead of his striped jumper? And sad as … More Relics 3: Whoopee and Buster comics
As you may remember from this post, I’m reading the ten books on the Dylan Thomas Prize long list. Here’s what I thought of numbers 2,3 and 4. 2. ‘Threats’ by Amelia Gray It would be too easy to say that I like this novel. I loved parts of it, hated others and was largely … More Dylan Thomas prize 2
My review of the two Elizabeth Fraser concerts is now on Wales Arts Review here. While you’re there, set aside at least half an hour for all the other goodies available for your reading pleasure.
Nothing I’ve ever posted on twitter has ever been more retweeted than this! I thought it deserved a more permanent home. It’s the set list from Elizabeth Fraser’s first ever solo gig at Bath Pavilion on 4th August 2012. However it’s exactly the same running order as for her two performances at Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown … More Elizabeth Fraser set list
The long list for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize has just been published and it’s an amazing roll of young writing talent. All are under 30, and two of the authors are only just in their 20s. That fact simultaneously encourages and terrifies me. There’s a press release here and this is the long list: Tom Benn, … More Dylan Thomas Prize longlist
This also first appeared on Wales Arts Review. There are plenty more reviews and long essays on art and literature to be had there. I don’t know much about classical music but I love listening to live music of any kind and I love the old Bela Lugosi Dracula film with all its creaking campness … More Philip Glass: Dracula. Wales Millennium Centre Sunday 27th May 2012
This review first appeared on Wales Arts Review, the online home for Welsh critical writing. While you’re there, it’s worth spending some time reading the excellent reviews and essays. She’d won us over from the moment she walked on stage, with her band and without fuss. And without fuss, they launched into ‘Dancing Barefoot’, a … More Patti Smith at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff. June 26th 2012.