Journey to the Sea Review | Books

I have no idea what has happened this year.

Apart from the world apparently going completely mad, I’ve hardly read any books!

Five. That’s how bad. Just five. Shocking.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a review of one of them because, why not?

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Night Shift Review | Books

A couple of years ago, I read Probably Nothing by Matilda Tristram – a picture book that depicted a woman’s battle with cancer.

It stayed with me because it was so different and it was such a unique way of talking about such a difficult topic.

So when Hot Key Books sent me Night Shift by Debi Gliori, I was really interested to see how the author had managed to depict depression through her illustrations.  Continue reading “Night Shift Review | Books”

Quentin Blake : Inside Stories Review | Art

Last weekend, Cardiff was transformed into a wonderland in City of the Unexpected – a celebration of Roald Dahl‘s life on what would have been his 100th birthday!

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When I was a kid, Roald Dahl books formed a huge part of my library and even now, I have nearly a whole shelf dedicated to him. His stories were such a massive part of my childhood and they always seemed to have the perfect balance of obscene grossness and moral life lessons – I couldn’t help but love them! However, while Dahl’s imaginative tales are wonderfully descriptive, I just cannot picture his books without Quentin Blake’s quirky illustrations! Continue reading “Quentin Blake : Inside Stories Review | Art”

The Artist’s Story with Graham Parker & Amir Nejad | Art

Behind every creative, there is a story.

There is a reason why every dancer dances, every writer writes and every painter paints.

I recently chatted to two Swansea-based artists, Graham Parker & Amir A Nejad, who exhibited their work last week in the Oriel Bach Gallery. Their collaborative exhibition, ‘Face to the Sea’, displayed the artists’ two very different styles side by side; Graham depicts energetic seascapes in his work while Amir focuses on intricately detailed portraits.

In this post, they talk very candidly about the experiences that influence their craft in their own words.

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theBLOC Art Gallery – A Taster Session | Reviews

Last Friday, I was invited to a private viewing of a new exhibition at theBLOC art gallery in Swansea.

Located on the High Street, theBLOC is part of the Elysium Gallery and is dedicated to displaying the work of Elysium’s artists.

The exhibition is an extremely diverse and eclectic mix of mediums and the artists come from a range of different backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is that they all have a strong connection with Swansea and most have completed degrees in the city.

A lot of the artists have experimented with new ideas or mediums for the artwork that is on display and the results are both intriguing and thought provoking. Continue reading “theBLOC Art Gallery – A Taster Session | Reviews”

The Right Questions | Book Review

Hey lovely people,

I recently finished reading a self-help book for the first time ever & it was quite an experience. A friend lent me the book The Right Questions by Debbie Ford a few years ago and I’ve only just got around to reading it.  Continue reading “The Right Questions | Book Review”

Dalit Leon’s ‘Time Signatures’ | Reviews

You could be forgiven for missing the Elysium Gallery completely.

Tucked away on a busy Swansea street, the gallery offers a break from the madness and a descent into a calming, tranquil space.

Escaping into a different dimension is particularly apt for the current exhibition on display, Dalit Leon’s Time Signatures. Her focus for the artwork has been her ‘fascination with time…and the relationship between time and space; the passage of time but also the sense of timelessness.’ Continue reading “Dalit Leon’s ‘Time Signatures’ | Reviews”

Crossing the Whitewash | Book Review

Hey guys,

I hope you’re all well!

I’ve got a book review for you today & with the Six Nations coming up, I thought it only right that I should review a book centred on rugby – in fact, it’s a Rugby World Cup thriller!  Continue reading “Crossing the Whitewash | Book Review”