Ben Gwalchmai
Ben's debut novel, Purefinder, will be published on December 13th, 2013. He is also co-founder of the start-up Fabler, Associate Producer on the digital-publishing Book Kernel project, and Splash & Ripple's writer and producer for the Bodiam Castle project. For further information, see

Entries by Ben Gwalchmai

Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2015 | (07:40)


The cuts have already come.

That "slow pace of welfare cuts" announced in the budget? Not true. Especially for child tax credits.

Child tax credits - you know, the one David Cameron and George Osbourne promised they wouldn't cut right before the...

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Europe's Greatest Challenge? Understanding Its Mandate

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2015 | (10:25)

Understanding its mandate & not kowtowing to financiers or extremists.

For the political leaders of the European Union, it's easy to lose perspective.

Lose enough to not notice when they're falling behind in their duty. Their duty to serve the people of its member states. When that duty is truly...

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On Anglo-Welsh Identity and Dylan Thomas

(1) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (17:41)

In writing about Welsh identity, you're writing amidst almost 2000 years of tradition and culture: not an easy task. Let me focus on the Anglo-Welsh literary tradition, then.

Simply put: Anglo-Welsh literature is writing, written in English, by Welsh writers.

We have had, will always have, a great bardic...

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Experimenting With Democracy: The Big Democracy Project

(1) Comments | Posted 29 September 2014 | (10:36)

With the recent Scottish Independence Referendum, Britain has been shaken. What once was considered complacent is now up for question. This makes clear that the United Kingdom is an unhappy one, disunited - some of us have known it for some time. As one of the most unequal countries in...

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A Kinder City - Playable City Award

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (13:59)

I received some great news this month about a project I'd love to make happen: with my partner company, Pavegen, I've been shortlisted for the Playable City Award 2014.

The Playable City Award looks to create projects that will reconfigure cities with technology but as more...

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Read Not Dead - Shakespeare's Contemporaries Reborn

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (11:32)

At least once in their life, everyone asks 'What's the purpose of my work?'
Not to generalize at all - of course - but writers, specifically, ask 'Will these words last?'
'What difference do they make?'
'How will it last the ages?'
'Is it true?'


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Things the Future Will Hate Us For: #1

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (12:05)

We know we're on the cusp.

As a species, we almost always are.

But in the beginning of the 21st century - as everyone's favourite ex-rocker scientist, Professor Cox, said - we're making more discoveries per day than we ever have before.

I'm an optimist in many...

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Britain's Golden Era

(1) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (08:52)

"China's power is on the rise."
"India's capability worries the west."
Sound familiar?

If I ask 'What's Britain's golden age?'
What's your first response?

If you ask most people that question, they'll respond with misplaced nostalgia.

Considering the torrent of historical novels from the last...

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Why The Fatberg Should Remind Us of the Great Stink of Victorian Times

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (14:54)

In 1858, London's air was so polluted that they called it the year of The Great Stink. Back then, we didn't have proper sewers and it was only in that year that parliament finally agreed that London needed them.

In this year, 2013, Thames Water says they need to raise...

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