EDITORIAL Gwen DaviesNWR Issue r15
Review 15 Editorial
This month in Review 15 we look at the state of our literary nation, with contributions to our hour-long podcast, first from myself, looking at recent fiction from Wales (especially in regard to magical and dirty urban influences), Suzy Ceulan Hughes exploring the influence of Wales’ traditions on contemporary UK writers as well as her pick from Library of Wales titles, and Robin Chapman explaining how politics went out of fashion in Welsh-language writing just as devolution came in.
Ceredigion’s hinterland comes centre stage in our video interview with novelists Cynan Jones and Caryl Lewis, who talk about rural noir, shorter fiction forms, the respective advantages and pitfalls of the English- and Welsh-language readerships, plus writing for the screen. This season’s poetry showcase video, ‘Does Eternity Mean Anything to You?’, responds to themes of time, history and work in the poems of Christopher Cornwell, Steve Hitchins, James Stradner and Dan Ryder. To celebrate last month’s publication of Katherine Stansfield’s novel, Falling Creatures (Allison & Busby), our video interview with the Cardiff author looks at the ghost story genre; the impact of landscape, especially the author’s beloved childhood Bodmin Moor from which she is exiled, and influences from Daphne du Maurier to Emily Brontë.
previous editorial: Travels through Time, Space & Place
next editorial: Some Small Portion of Eternity