‘I get it!’ an author announced. ‘You may not be on my side, but you definitely want the best for my work.’ She’d just been at the brutal end of my red pen as we came towards the end of several proofs with me as creative editor, then copy editor of her crime novel set […]
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Editorial for Issue 121

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 02/09/19

CATEGORY: Editorial

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 …

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Jumping Frogs

Emily Blewitt

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Editorial

I write this twenty-eight weeks into pregnancy. I write while sitting in my living room, surrounded by the detritus of baby preparations and poetry su …

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The Hardest Button to Button

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

The room is way up high. So far that the first time I went, I could send what I saw into nothing, just with the press of lashes to the wrong end of my …

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Citizen Thinker Ed

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

The New Welsh Writing Awards, established by ourselves to promote long-form creative prose forms in a programme of rotating categories, completed its …

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Letter to Mr Powell

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 09/05/18

CATEGORY: Editorial

Dear Mr RS Powell Thanks for your letter recalling my cri de coeur (editorial, NWR 112, autumn 2016), in the wake of the EU referendum. You rightly me …

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The Long & Short of It

David Lloyd and Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

The novella is an inbetween form: shorter than a typical novel but longer than a typical short story – though there are no precise strictures on lengt …

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Roman Wall Blues

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

In this edition, the past is glimpsed through secretions of silt and mud. In ancient times at Ephesus, silt buries the temple of Artemis; in 1922, a h …

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Precision and Clarity

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

Last month at Hay, Cath Barton was awarded this year’s New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella with ‘The Plankton Collector’. In her …

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What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

Wales’ enduring flair for the short story is gradually being recognized on an international stage, with our best writers in the form, including Cynan …

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