Issue 92,

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New Welsh Review 92, Summer 2011


Editorial:


Paper Clues v McKindless (Gwen Davies)
'McKindless, three stories plus attic, deceased, valuation and clearance.' So Louise Welsh's literary crime thriller notes the scale of the job in The Cutting Room (2002). The attic hides secrets, sweating pages bound in leather: awkward to shunt down the roof-hatch and a devil to sell on. Welsh fetishises books, or rather indulges such tendencies in her readers, making it harder for us to condemn the grimmer penchants of McKindless. In contrast, last year's Naming the Bones gave protagonist Murray few paper clues to go on aside from one slim volume of verse accredited to the poet he quests, three tarot cards and a stick-woman sketch. But Welsh revels in the ritual of a writer's research in Scotland's National Library, handling 'valuable documents you had to sign for then glove up to protect'. Her latest novel, with its totemic image of peat-preserved baby curled around a manuscript, is clearly fixated to the same degree as is her debut, on books as artefacts. read more...

Features

Pulp Kitchen Gee Williams on the Wallander phenomenon
Maps of the Dead by Kirsti Bohata
Page to Stage, Past to Present by Dai George
European City Tales by Helen Constantine
Trade Winds by Euan Thorneycroft
Rich Text Patrick McGuinness on writing his Ceausescu-era campus novel

Creative

Slaughterhouse Field by Maria Donovan
A response to Margiad Evans’ Turf or Stone

The Elephant’s Wife
Fiction by Roshi Fernando

Outer Magnolia
Fiction by Angharad Penrhyn Jones

Poems

Poems by :
Ruth Bidgood
Judy Brown
Elyse Fenton
Emily Hinshelwood
Hilary Menos

Reviews

I Spy Pinhole Eye Simon Denison (photographs) and Philip Gross (poems)
Matthew Francis
The Vagabond’s Breakfast Richard Gwyn, and Ten Pound Pom by Niall Griffiths
Lloyd Jones

Hodge by Oliver Reynolds
John Redmond

Le Temps des Cerises by Zillah Bethell, and Room by Emma Donoghue
Suzy Ceulan Hughes

Miss Shirley Bassey by John Williams
Anthony Reynolds

Bydoedd, Cofiant Cyfnod by Ned Thomas, and Fire Drill: Notes on the Twenty-First Century by John Barnie
Jon Gower

Memories of Ted Hughes 1952-1963 by Daniel Huws
Greg Hill

The Dreams of Max and Ronnie: New Stories from the Mabinogion by Niall Griffiths
Cathryn Charnell-White

You’re Welcome to Ulster by Menna Gallie
Jeni Williams


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