EDITORIAL Gwen Davies

NWR Issue 105

Life is Sweet, and Short

• This issue, subtitled Ailing, Healing, looks at art, illness and healing. Travel writers Gwyneth Lewis and John Harrison talked to me at Hay this year on the subject, including the balming boundaries of seamanship; the Bosun’s chimp as the barometer of a marriage’s health; the soothing heartbeat of iambic pentameter; being put on a hospital’s E-bay, and colonizing cancer as Conquistadors.

• More on the theme: Michael Nath dices with death; Jane MacNamee learns to walk again following surgery; a boy’s death mends a marriage in Candy Neubert’s story; Ellie Rees comes to terms with her son’s paralysis; trangressional sex and literature help a grieving widow in Michael Nott’s review of Andrés Neuman’s novel, Talking to Ourselves while Dr Iwan has OCD in Ellen Bell’s review of graphic novel, The Bad Doctor. Meanwhile, Swansea-Iraqi comedian Nadia Kamil’s profile of Judith Owen reveals a shared experience of losing a mother young, and Judith’s depression, which led her to co-host and score ‘Losing It’, Ruby Wax’s stage show on mental illness. STOPPRESS: We are sad to note the death of valued contributor, Charlotte Greig/Williams whose essay on Molly Drake was in NWR 103.

• Autumn videos are themed around Crime, Punishment & Enfranchisment, covering Wiliam Owen Roberts (on his European epic Petrograd in translation), Heini Gruffudd (on his Welsh-Jewish family memoir, A Haven from Hitler) and Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost (prison literature in Welsh).

• Entries open until 1 November for New Welsh Writing Awards, celebrating short books and long-form essays on the environment! £1000 cash and e-pub deal for works between 8,000 and 30,000 words. See the New Welsh Writing Awards website here.

• Micro-review of Story, Vol II (Library of Wales), ed Dai Smith: Too much politics (formal & informal); too industrial; too Sixties Generation; right to celebrate Leonora Brito, wrong to ignore Cynan Jones & Mary-Ann Constantine.

       


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