Review 13, February 2017


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Editorial: Gwen Davies Review 13 Editorial

Reviews


• Chris Moss on Ariel: A Literary Life of Jan Morris by Derek Johns. (subscribers only)


• Dewi Huw Owen on Byw Celwydd, the Bay’s answer to Borgen Dewi Huw Owen wishes, in this political drama, for less family angst, more policy, a greater trust in the audience’s emotional antennae, and a greater commitment to stories of democratic significance (subscribers only)


• Jack Pugh on Cheval 9 by Jonathan Edwards, Rose Widlake (eds). Assessing this collection of the best work submitted to the Terry Hetherington Awards, Jack Pugh examines what the collection says about Welsh identity, language, and how young Welsh writers experiment with ‘Welshness’ (subscribers only)


• Jack Pugh on Garden State by Corinne Silva. Jack Pugh explores how this photography and prose book shows a peaceful Palestine, but also the pressing point that gardening is colonisation by other means. (subscribers only)


• Chris Moss on Owen Rhoscomyl by John S Ellis. Chris Moss looks at the colourful past of Owen Rhoscomyl and its depiction in John S Ellis’ literary biography, following the popular commercial writer through his time as a cowboy, frontiersman, soldier and mercenary (subscribers only)


• Jack Pugh on The Alexandra Sequence by John Redmond. Jack Pugh admires a poetry collection which views contemporary urban life through the lens of British folk-theatre’s ‘mummer-play’, and highlights the protean nature of myth and reality (subscribers only)


• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America by Richard Gwyn. Suzy Ceulan Hughes admires Richard Gwyn’s impressive anthology of translations containing 155 poems by 96 poets from 16 countries of Latin America


• Chris Moss on Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas\' Swansea & Carmarthenshire of the 1950s by Ethel Ross (Hilly James, ed). Despite being presented as a handsome coffee table book, Chris Moss finds that Ethel Ross’ photographs of Dylan Thomas and Swansea, Laugharne, and Llansteffan of the 1950s, are of most value for their novelty and collectability (subscribers only)


• Huw Lawrence on What I Know I Cannot Say by Dai Smith. Huw Lawrence reflects on this enlightening account of individuality and communal belonging in Wales (subscribers only)



Opinion: CM Buckland Action Versus Inertia



Opinion: John Saul Open Minds and Aspirations



Opinion: Chris Moss The Story of Books




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