War theme for autumn edition of New Welsh Reader (01-09-2015)
The autumn edition of New Welsh Reader, published on 1 September 2015, focuses on the theme of war.
Poet and essayist John Barnie’s column ‘The Sentimental Poppy’ condemns the willed commemoration of wars as a political construction and evidence of Britain’s hubris. Peter E Murphy’s family memoir ‘The Dent on Private Murphy’s Forehead’ explores fantasy, lies and amnesia in the lives of a father and son pair of NYC longshoremen stationed during the Normandy landings. Oliver Bevington’s essay ‘One Hundred Percent Welsh Nationalist’ rediscovers the artist and war poet David Jones as an ardent Welsh nationalist, albeit an unconventional one.
On the centenary of its publication, Huw Lawrence looks at veracity and false ‘ethnicity’ in Caradoc Evans’ My People in his essay, ‘Fury Never Leaves Us’. As a founding title of ‘Anglo Welsh literature’, Caradoc Evans’ vitriolic short story collection satirizing the non-conformist communities of west Wales still divides opinion 100 years on.
Creative work includes a preview of Mary-Ann Constantine’s short novel Star-Shot, which is part fable, part mystery, set in and around Cardiff’s National Museum. Amnesia, willed for reasons of sanity, is the crux of former soldier Daniel Jones’ story ‘The Always Puzzle of Living and Doing’ and up- and-coming writer Crystal Jeans’ story ‘My Bukowski’ centres around a fantasy of sleeping with the local tramp.