Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales's The Review Show, and is the co-founding editor of Wales Arts Review. His criticism and creative non-fiction have been widely published, on diverse subjects such as modern horror movies, the life of Arthur Koestler, and contemporary dance. In the last few years he has written about the arts in Japan, Germany, Scotland, and India. He is the author of two novels, For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015), and The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists.
Reviewing the Arts
The tradition of critical writing about the arts has been a vital part of global cultures dating back to the Classical World. It ensures that art does not exist within a vacuum, it helps document cultural movements for posterity, and in the best cases it can help form a centre point for vibrant and honest contemporary debate. The greatest critical work may be read on the page, but it lives in the conversations that begin with art. On this course you will be given the space and encouragement to write critical responses to art with honesty and intelligence. We will look at a range of great critical writers, from Shirley Jackson and Susan Sontag, to Gore Vidal and Kenneth Tynan, and help establish the work of reviewing in the wider context of the artistic ecologies of our time.
Lyn Gardner is a journalist and novelist. She is currently associate editor of The Stage. She has written about theatre and performance for The Guardian and The Independent, and she was a founding member of City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe. Awards for her work include the 2013 Action for Children’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts; the 2017 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for her work on the Edinburgh Fringe; the 2017 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and a 2018 Tonic Award.