NWR Issue r13

Review 13 Editorial

Welcome to Review 13, February 2017, a feast of 3 columns, 8 book reviews and a review of Welsh-language political drama. In her thoughtful piece centred on an injured young bat that lands on her doorstep, CM Buckland asks how we should respond when nature requires you to act. In an age of contraction and flawed political imagination, Chris Moss reports on an ambitious initiative to found a book museum in Clyro, near Hay. And John Saul regrets the likely loss of international co-operation and collaboration between readers and writers post Brexit:

Travelling post-referendum in the Netherlands and Germany, I heard many times how the UK is becoming irrelevant, ignored, forgotten. These views reminded me of the words of a character in AL Kennedy's Serious Sweet: ‘For more than a century now … Britain’s been circling nearer and nearer the drain.’

Our book reviews, meanwhile, offer world-expanding views on a Welsh mercenary, cowboy and commercial adventure writer; colonising gardens in Palestine; urban life and poetry seen through the ‘mumming’ tradition, and how, in the work of Jan Morris, gender reassignment connects to nationhood and the relentless urge to travel.


previous editorial: People of Shitplace Dug Our Own Hole
next editorial: Travels through Time, Space & Place


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