ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Very funny and extremely dirty twist on the classical myth, in the style of Hilaire Belloc or Roald Dahl circa Revolting Rhymes. ‘Oedipus Rex’ by João Morais was shortlisted in April 2013 for the Percy French Prize for Comic Poetry.
NWR has two events at Hay Festival in 2013, on Tuesday 28 May, and 2 June.
At half-past midnight I look up to see a huge polar bear in the airport’s baggage reclaim area. I sneak past it and into the sunshine dazzling over the sea to the north. A trip to Spitsbergen begins just 600 nautical miles from the North Pole. If there were a good road, instead of just sea and sea-ice, I could be there by breakfast. I was a touch shy of 80°N and this was Longyearbyen, the only real town in what is officially, since its administration by Norway began in 1920, Svalbard. But most people use the old Dutch name, Spitsbergen (pointed mountains, which it has in abundance).
NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 6; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘The Rice Paper Diaries’, Francesca Rhydderch, NWR 100
NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes a week tomorrow, Sat 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 4; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘Lifeboat’, Cynan Jones, NWR 100
NWR landmark hundredth issue publishes a week tomorrow, Sat 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 5; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy: From ‘A Perfect Queen’, Inés Garland
Good poets listen to interior voices; they translate the erratic, elliptical and private messages of the subconscious into something approaching public language. Nia Davies conforms to this expectation but does so unusually, in that she insists on the physicality of the process. Several times in Then Spree, Davies appears to act as a versifying ear, nose and throat doctor, peering into the head’s cavities and inner organs for inspiration. ...more>>>
The Valleys, as Dai Smith reminds us, were more like America than they were like England. The immigration into Gwalia (to use Idris Davies's name for them) was only surpassed by that to the New World. The Great Valleys Dream - socialism, if you like - was no less potent than the Great American Dream ...more>>>
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