Issue 113,

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New Welsh Reader 113, Winter 2016


People of Shitplace Dug Our Own Hole (Gwen Davies)

Anyone who has been depressed will know how hard it is then to open up. Horizons shrivel; your own fringe feels like the furthest you might peep out. Your mind and body are under threat, and you curl up accordingly with your face to the wall. The Britain suggested by the EU referendum result is also one of people fearing threat. Put aside for a moment the main causal factor of such feelings (the lies and engineered paranoia of the tabloid press) and there is a vestigial truth. This is that the economic demography of Britain is vastly distorted. An Inequality Briefing infograph from 2014, (‘The poorest regions in the UK are the poorest in Northern Europe’) shows how Inner London sits in first place as that region’s richest areas and is the UK’s only entry among the ten wealthiest northern European places. West Wales, meanwhile, sits at the head (being worst off) of the ten poorest areas, and all except one of the nine remaining places are also in the UK.

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New Welsh Reader 113 contents:

Rich Text: The Accidental Thread by Eluned Gramich

Essay: Looking for Dorothy Edwards by Steven Lovatt

Essay: The Ape on the Rock by Kirsty Sedgman

Essay: The Price of Butter by Liz Jones

Creative: The Palestinian by Robert Minhinnick

Creative: Theory and Design in the Age of Innocence by Alex Barr

Creative: The Pencil-case by Mary-Ann Constantine

Poetry: 'Llanmassiv' by Jane Houston

Poetry: 'Heartland' Jane Houston

Poetry: 'Laurels' by Jane Houston

Poetry: 'Many Tremors' by Nia Davies

Poetry: 'Clay Poetry' by Christopher Cornwell

Poetry: 'The Fire Place' by Paul Henry

Poetry: 'Canalchemy' by Steven Hitchins

Poetry: 'Desperate Dan’s Retirement Plan' by George Sandifer-Smith

Poetry: 'Tidal Flats' by Christien Gholson

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