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NWR Issue 99

NWR 100 Preview 11

NWR's landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 11; subscribe now to read the full essay, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save up to 40% on cover price with Direct Debit.

From ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, Julia Forster on absence at the heart of six memoirs, NWR 100:

‘Like those of many people, my childhood was pretty uneventful; there’s little raw material from which to mine a best-selling memoir. Instead, I’m currently writing a novel from the point of view of a young child based very loosely on an embryonic autobiography which I failed to take to full term – due in a large part, no doubt, to my low-octane childhood. As such, I’ve been remembering how the world looked from a perspective of under four feet tall – what was within my sight and comprehension, but also those objects and events which were on the periphery of my field of vision, forbidden or not discussed. When I was reading these diverse titles I found that the theme to which I kept returning was that of absence. What did the parents of Horatio Clare, Alexandra Fuller, Niall Griffiths and Mary Karr withhold from them as they were growing up? And in turn, what did the writers internalise as children, only to lay their innermost experiences bare years later in these family memoirs?’

Julia Forster is the author of Muses, Revealing the Nature of Inspiration. Her debut novel-in-progress, What a Way to Go, was previewed in Issue 97 of New Welsh Review. She received a bursary to write the novel from Literature Wales in 2011.


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