Santes Dwynwen: New Welsh Arts and Society Magazine

Launched on 9th June 2020, Santes Dwynwen is the exciting new Welsh arts, culture and society magazine. Bringing together a host of creatives and writers from Wales and beyond, the magazine’s articles explore a host of topics including health, society, food, drink, fashion, beauty, film, TV, arts and culture, as well as personal essays and creative writing.

“British media is undoubtedly London-centric. This often prevents highly capable and gifted Welsh creatives from getting the attention they deserve for their work. Yet the talent in Wales is undeniable. At Santes Dwynwen, we are dedicated to providing a platform to showcase the work that, all too often, goes unnoticed.”

This commitment to Welsh creativity combined with the gorgeous branding immediately caught my attention. As a Welsh writer and creative-type, it’s taken me a long time to try and find my voice, but it’s something I’ve actively explored and pushed myself to engage with during lockdown. So, I am excited to say that I am now a contributing writer for Santes Dwynwen. I’m looking forward to exploring lots of different topics on the pages of SD from Welsh art to identity, and inclusivity.

Image credit: Katie Gehrke

Growing out of the Ashes

You can now read my first piece “Growing out of the Ashes: Examining Christina Thatcher’s How to Carry Fire” on the website, in which I explore Thatcher’s powerful poetry collection published in 2020 by Parthian. Get your hands on a copy through Parthian’s website here.

How to Carry Fire is an incisive poetry collection, imbued with Thatcher’s powerful storytelling style. She conveys the nuances of trauma and relationships that are ‘born from the ashes of family addiction’ with blistering tension and a lucent vulnerability that shimmers throughout her work.”

Read the full piece here

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article and the poetry collection. Don’t forget to check out Santes Dwynwen magazine, give them a follow on Instagram and take a look at the great articles on the site. Happy reading!

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