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Winter edition of New Welsh Reader 110 published (01-12-2015)

Family and migration are strong themes in the winter edition of New Welsh Reader.

‘Stallion Ford’, a collaboration of imagery and poetry in comic book form between US poet Greg Koehler and Welsh visual artist and poet, Nicky Arscott, charts the experience of Samuel Roberts of Llanbrynmair, Powys (preacher, pacifist, vehement anti-slavery campaigner) to set up a Welsh utopia, Brynfynnon, in the wildernesses of Tennessee in 1857.

Migration, to and from Sicily, is also the subject of Robert Minhinnick’s impressionistic and impassioned story, ‘Sicilian Driftwood’, which is taken from a prose collection about the consequences of climate change and migration in the near future.

The father figure plays a strong role in other contributions to the magazine. Katrina Naomi examines how the violence of Pascale Petit’s conflicted relationship with her extremely abusive father becomes transformative in her poetry. And stories by Anna Lewis and Jem Poster contain the same patriarchal personality.

In addition, Harry Heuser’s essay ‘Bigotry and Virtue: George Powell and the Question of Legacy’ sets out to challenge conventional notions of gender and national identity, and poet and translator Alys Conran writes about creating a “pigeon-language” of her own when writing her first novel Pigeon, a tragi-comic story about the challenges and survival of childhood friendship in north Wales.

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