EDITORIAL Gwen DaviesNWR Issue r6
Review 6 takes you on journeys, through history, to the Port Talbot of chapel tradition that nurtured generations of Hollywood stars, and to an interwar Llanelli dominated by the steel industry as depicted by Library of Wales’ discovery William Glynn-Jones. We also travel though space to Sri Lanka, in Paul Cooper’s debut novel set in a court poet’s Sri Lanka, and alongside poet and sailor Lynne Hjelmgaard to the Caribbean in a lyrical journal that, with its concept of a marriage foreshadowed by mortality, echoes that of Gwyneth Lewis’ Two in a Boat
. And, most impressively, we lead you on a voyage, enrichened by the images and symbols of the Odyssey, to the Mediterranean, where so many refugees have lost their lives fleeing war and persecution, with Zoë Skoulding and Nia Davies’ narrative poem ‘Mare Nostrum’ for which we have produced an animation that in its circling of sounds and shadow-puppet motifs evokes the vicious cycle described in the text.
The animation is part of a multimedia programme that will complete its current funding cycle courtesy of Aberystwyth University this spring. Since we have employed 14 students, graduates and post-grads associated with the university, offering them employability and transferrable skills as well as concrete examples of published and broadcast work, we are confident that the programme will continue this summer with an audiovisual showcase of nominated travel pieces in the 2016 New Welsh Writing Awards.
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