Issue 104,

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New Welsh Review 104, Summer 2014


Editorial:


Dai Greatcoat and The Scribes of War (Gwen Davies)

The commemoration of two world wars continues, so that we don’t forget. But, as veterans die and family memories fade, do the dates 1914–18, in particular, mean much anymore? Unless you are unlucky enough to love a soldier or be exiled by political conflict, war affects few of us directly here and now.


Yet however cynical the marketing of such perpetuating dates may be, when they touch on the personal, they may strike a nerve. One such example came this week on reading my grandfather’s war diary from 52 General Hospital, Salonika, uploading this summer here as part of a WW1 memorial drive. Private William Jones was a conscientious objector conscripted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915 and posted to Salonika three years later. His religiosity and highfalutin’ tone can be excused by the times: ‘Still through the darkness of human folly I see the glorious dawn of the day of the Son of Man.’ His blues, to family genes: ‘Wrote to Mabel – a letter with a sad note. I could not help it. It was my mood.’ His running judgement on the padre’s sermons we shall enjoy and forgive. It is his railing against hierarchy and deference, his sheer Nonconformism, that hits home...

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Regulars

Small-scale Ambition Michael Tomlinson reinterprets Thomas Jones' 'A Wall in Naples (c1782)' read more...
What Rhymes with Yonkers? From the Hills Rebounding, with Lloyd Robson in NYC read more...
In Pursuit of Spring Kym Martindale cycles Edward Thomas' westward route from London on the centenary of his prose classic's publication read more...


Essays

Truth and Reconciliation in Burma Rory Maclean & Nick Danziger read more...
'You're Awfully Unorthodox, David' Jasmine-Hunter Evans uncovers Saunders Lewis' lost 1965 film interview with David Jones read more...
'The White Negro'? Daniel G Williams on Dylan Thomas and the Beats read more...


Creative

Dangerous Asylums Rob Mimpriss showcases fiction inspired by a hundred years of records at Denbigh mental hospital read more...
White Food Story by Kate Hamer read more...
The Key Story by Jo Mazelis read more...


Poetry


The Sale
Sara Clark read more...
The Time My Neighbour Died and Slops
Amy McCauley read more...
Your Mother, My Daughter, and You, Her Son
Jennifer Compton read more...
Four Poems from Judas
Damian Walford Davies read more...
Llafar
Maitreyabandhu read more...


Reviews


Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men by Horatio Clare
Megan Welsh read more...

Powys: Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire & Breconshire (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Wales) by Robert Scourfield & Richard Haslam
Mike Parker read more...

Moscow Tales by Helen Constantine (ed) Sasha Dugdale (trans)
Eluned Gramich read more...

Sugar Hall by Tiffany Murray
Eluned Gramich read more...

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
Alan Bilton read more...

The Visitations by Kathryn Simmonds
Oliver Dixon read more...

Recovery Position, Minim, The Paradise Commissionaire, Lime & Winter by Deidre Shanahan, Hazel Frew, William Palmer & Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
Oliver Dixonread more...

Over the Line by David Lloyd
Will Slocombe read more...

American Sycamore by Karen Fielding
Tristan Hughes read more...

Rarebit Susie Wild (ed)
Anna Scott read more...

The Dig Cynan Jones
Anna Scott read more...

The Claims Office Dai George
Rob A Mackenzie read more...

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