Introducing The Cardiff Review, publishing the best contemporary student writing worldwide

Writer Jodie Ashdown gives us the lowdown on the launch of The Cardiff Review – new voices in the city!


Monday night saw the launch of The Cardiff Review, a new online and print magazine which aims to publish the best of postgraduate and student writing from all over the world. Held upstairs in Dempsey’s, there were readings from contributors to the magazine, guest speakers, live music and an open mic. Not to mention a pay-what-you-can bookstall and a prize draw, all of which was lit by candlelight.

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The Cardiff Review is a digital and print literary magazine that publishes contemporary graduate writing. The magazine was launched to give talented students a platform to showcase their work. Supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP), the magazine is run by editorial team, Jamie Gillingham, Rebecca Lawn, Melinda Kirk and Jodie Ashdown, all of whom met on an MA course in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

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The January issue features writing from Aiden Clarkson, Thomas Stewart, Ellen Davies and Matthew Tett. Future issues will be published monthly, each containing a selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Each piece of writing chosen for publication is accompanied by an illustration, created by a student or recent graduate of visual art.

Each issue of The Cardiff Review also contains an in-depth interview with a writer or professional in the literary industry, like January’s interview with Shelagh Weeks, the first in the magazine’s Behind the Desk series. There’s also a blog, where the editorial team posts weekly content on all manner of interesting posts, such as literary round-ups and weekly writing prompts.

If you would like to find out more or submit to the magazine, visit:



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