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NWR Issue 101

Editor's Cultured Week

My cultured week involved;

Reading - Finished my summer library books, Death in Summer, William Trevor - marvellous, as usual with Trevor, but not quite Felicia's Journey standard. Source: Ceredigion Library. Also On Kindness by Adam Philips & Barbara Taylor. How the idea of kindness developed through history as capitalism denigrated this quality (innate, Philips argues) for its own cause and patriarchy did the same by assigning it as a female specialism; blended seamlessly into psychoanalytical takes on what kindness can and can't do to pep up your sex life and help you over your (apparently compulsory) Oedipus Complex. Great, rich stuff, though need to read it again to properly understand (and apply!). Source: Ystwyth Books (had to order it as new)

Animation - Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill: feelgood stuff, with songs, a soap-opera plot & beautiful Tokyo cityscapes. Our subtitled British version, touring cinemas now, is much better than this Youtube American-dubbed voiceover. Soppy, but good for the soul. Source: Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema

Theatre - Who's Afraid of Rachel Roberts? - monologue with swearing, crumpled 60s loungewear (oh god, I'll have to purge my nighty drawer now) & great songs. The narrative got a bit lost towards the middle as it was in need of a subplot, but the star, Helen Griffin, was marvellous, just as she was as Caitlin in her previous monologue on similarly lost, sozzled Welsh (in terms of residency) soul, Dylan Thomas' wife. Source: Aberystwyth Arts Centre theatre

Back at the Magazine - working on production for winter edition, NWR 102, published on 1 December; poetry selection for 102 now that Tiffany Atkinson is back from Argentina; developing ideas for the next franchise round in 2015; avoiding writing my editorial; settling reviews for NWR 103, spring edition (a good crop with a strong nonfiction bias), and looking forward to meeting my much-valued online reviews editor, Steven Lovatt, for the first time this Thursday. Hear that interviews for the new Poetry Wales editor are also this Thursday.


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