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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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Launch party details unveiled for ‘The 42b’, We Are Cardiff Press debut book!


Following the news of our first publication, ‘The 42b’, we’re happy to announce we’ll be holding the launch party at the fabulous PORTER’S! It’s one of our favourite night time haunts in the city, and we’re over the moon to be launching our FIRST BOOK there!

19.30 – 21.30, Thursday 5 November, Porter’s, Cardiff –  part of the Swn Festival fringe.
Entry is FREE but please register on Eventbrite so we have an idea of numbers (the first 50 people will get a free drink, so make sure you’re prompt!).

There will be readings from the book, some live music, and hula hoop performances!

A special treat – see the online chapter!

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The wonderful James O’Brien and Matt Harris have been beavering away putting together this AWESOME online chapter to give you a sneak preview of the book.

We don’t want to go on about this too much, but it’s one of the greatest things we’ve ever seen and we hope you like it too!
The 42b: Dark journeys in Cardiff – online chapter preview

Pre-order the book – one day left!

We Are Cardiff Press has been crowdfunding this first book, and we’ve actually hit our target of £2,000! This means that although there are no more spaces for your name to be printed in the book, you can still pre-order it through Indiegogo until midnight on Thursday 22nd.  

After that, you’ll be able to buy the book on our website (a new site will be going live at wearecardiffpress.co.uk soon), at the launch party and from us in person at our container office open house days, on the first Saturday of each month.

Why on earth would you set up a publishing company?

Director Hana explains why she set up We Are Cardiff Press:

“There’s an opportunity for small presses to take risks on alternative, challenging literature that the larger publishers don’t consider marketable … By publishing the very best work we discover in printed form, the slow-burn of old fashioned books spreads slower, but lasts longer.”

Read Hana’s full post here: Why I set up We Are Cardiff Press