EDITORIAL Gwen DaviesNWR 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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