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Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Review of Black River by Louise Walsh By Scott Jones Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives. There are parallels, too, between these disasters in how the media portrays victims and survivors. ‘Black River’, a novel by Louise Walsh, is about events after the Aberfan disaster. 116 people, ...

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Review: The Cherry Orchard (in 1982 Wales)

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict By Scott Jones The Cherry Orchard is set in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1982. Yes, that’s right. It’s a modern retelling of the original written by Anton Chekhov just before the first Russian revolution in 1905. And it’s brilliant. Action revolves around an old manor house on the west Wales ...

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