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New Welsh Review launches new look magazine (24-05-2015)

New Welsh Review has launched a brand new look and publishing structure across its print and digital platforms, bringing exciting new voices from Wales to readers in different formats.
The rebranded New Welsh Reader print, app and e-pub magazine will be published three times a year in May, September and December and continue to publish original essays, creative writing and poetry. Book reviews will appear entirely online throughout the year as New Welsh Review. New Welsh Rarebyte, a new e-publishing imprint will be launched in the autumn with an e-book of this year’s New Welsh Writing Awards winning long-form essay ‘The Woman who Brings the Rain’ by Eluned Gramich.

The new look New Welsh Reader summer issue (108) is devoted to writing on nature, with extracts from the winning and highly recommended essays from the inaugural New Welsh Review Awards 2015, WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment, judged by Mark Cocker and Gwen Davies.

Eluned Gramich’s essay about her time in Hokkaido, northern Japan as a Daiwa Scholar, is a minutely detailed yet nuanced evocation of place and personalities that is full of ecologically precise imagery; it is as attentive to the Japanese language as it is to Hokkaidan landscape. Elaine Ewart’s piece, ‘Heligoland: An Ecology of Exile’ which came second in the Awards, examines both the physical and imaginative ecology of this famous German island. In third place, Philip Jones’ work, ‘Waves on the Hydrocarbon Seas of Titan’ set on Newgale Beach in Pembrokeshire, is about surfing, grief and waves of all types and is an engaging blend both of the technical and the reflective but also of the private and the cosmic.

The three prize-winning authors are joined by highly commended Timothy L. Marsh whose smart, funny and wise docujournal of life in Bali, ‘Banjar Dalung’, impressed the judges; Ellie Rees, with a moving memoir-piece about rights of passage throughout one woman’s life, ‘Blurred Boundaries’, and Phillipa Holloway whose engaging memoir, ‘Energy Crisis: A Memoir of Summer’, set in Snowdonia, is about a young mother and a nascent rock climber who’s serious about living well.

Also in the Summer issue, Jewish writer and academic Jasmine Donahaye discusses ideology and story in life-writing in her recently published travel memoir Losing Israel (Seren) and the first full biography of Welsh Jew Lily Tobias, The Greatest Need: the Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine (Honno). Both books examine Donahaye’s notion of history and her shifting relationship with Israel.

The New Welsh Reader also showcases new poetry by James Conor Patterson, Kate Bingham, Martin Kratz, Nerys Williams, Michael Hudson, Rosie Shepperd and Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih.

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