Issue 112,

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New Welsh Reader 112, Autumn 2016


Punks and Safety Pins (Gwen Davies)

Even as we are all still in shock following the folly of the EU referendum, now is the time to try and counteract the potentially evil influence of a centralising media focused on a populist, corrosively mainstream and two dimensional political identity. If you identify with Wales (ambiguously, ironically, by whatever route), read us, read our writers and our books, support our publishers, artists and film-makers. Commit to our culture, broad as it is and based on citizenship. Or find it gone, washed back to the 1950s on a wave of union-jack spattered lukewarm lemonade. Even if you define yourself against Wales (your hangups we forgive), be intelligent and informed. Wales’ mainstream media is weak and populist. Wales’ broadsheet readership (an elusive creature) is fuelled by the centralist Guardian. Don’t let an England-centric paper be all you read. New Welsh Review offers part of the solution (a federalised BBC and a Radio Wales and Radio Cymru that respect the influence of their middle-class audiences offers others).

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New Welsh Reader 112 contents:

Creative: Extract from Cove by Cynan Jones

Creative: Extract from Bush Meat: As My Mother Told Me by Mandy Sutter

Creative: Extract from Stranger Shores by Karen Phillips

Creative: Extract from Seven Days: A Pyrenean Trek by Nathan Llewelyn Munday

Creative: Extract from Moscow to Beijing on Train Number Four by Julie Owen Moylan

Creative: Extract from The Rains of Titikaka by John Harrison

Creative: Extract from No Situation is Permanent by Hannah Garrard

Poetry: 'Turn, Turn' by Philip Gross

Poetry: 'Back' Philip Gross

Poetry: 'The Breath of Things' by Philip Gross

Poetry: 'The House in Tigre' by Daniel Samoilovich (translated by Richard Gwyn)

Poetry: From 'Bitch’s Daughter' by Malú Urriola (translated by Richard Gwyn)

Poetry: 'Fox Blues' by Ian McLachlan

Poetry: 'Postcards' by Syed Shehzar Mukkarrim Doja

Poetry: 'There are Ways of Being a Woman' by Agatha Abu Shehab

Poetry: 'Gravity' by CM Buckland

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