EDITORIAL Gwen Davies

NWR Issue 121

Editorial for Issue 121

This autumn 2019 issue, New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 winner Peter Goulding writes, with humour and warmth, in his essay 'On Slate', about a group of north-western English punks who escaped the 80s recession to claim dole in Llanberis and climb the rock faces of former slate quarries. Richard John Parfitt's third-placed essay, 'Tales from the Riverbank', captures the cultural zeitgeist centred on Newport's Town Bridge and the legendary music venue TJs, which played host in the 90s to Kurt Cobain. A Carmarthenshire family business is the focus of Elizabeth Griffiths' (highly commended) memoir, 'Abel Thomas and Sons Butter Merchants Ltd', in which affection for her grandfather is balanced with notions of belonging and community gleaned from DJ Williams' Hen Dy Ffarm/The Old Farmhouse. Second-placed Sarah Tanburn's novella extract, 'Hawks of Dust and Wine', evokes a future independent Wales with cosmopolitan links to North Africa and its own sensuous, powerful world of female hawk-trainers. Plus preview novel by the prizewinning Robert Minhinnick, and collaborative team DK Fields explores democracy and power in writing their political fantasy trilogy, Tales of Fenest.

       


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