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New Welsh Review 14, Autumn 1991


Micheal Parnell 1934-1991 (John Pikoulis)
Following the sudden death of the editor Micheal Parnell in September 1991, there is no editorial in New Welsh Review 14. The issue is introduced by John Pikoulis, with an obituary to the former more...


Michael Parnell tributes by Mary Parnell, Tony Curtis, Mick Felton, Meic Stephens
A Welcome act of bridge-building by Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones reviews the lastest volumes of the Writers of Wales series - Leslie Norris, Alun Llewelyn-Williams and Bobi Jones.
Making a Killing - Unless it's Welsh by Jackie Aplin
Jackie Aplin talks to crime novelist Lesley Grant-Adamson about feminism, her main invention, Rain Morgan and plans for a forthcoming TV series.
Goldleaf Publishing/Alun Books by Herbert Williams
The first of a series on Welsh publishers, focussing on Port Talbot-based Goldleaf Publishing.
Giving scholarship a bad name by Rob Watson
The author reviews Popular Fiction: Technology, Ideology, Production, Reading, edited by Tony Bennett, surmising that the book encourages the arts to remain under control and at a safe distance within educational institutions.
Speaking the Word: the Tongue of South Wales by Dai Smith
Dai Smith's Gwyn Jones Lecture on the cultural diversity of South Wales.
Partial Perspective by Joseph P Clancy
Joseph P Clancy discusses a highly controversial new study of the drama of Saunders Lewis A Straitened Stage: A Study of the Theatre of J Saunders Lewis, by Ioan Williams.
Literary Dublin by Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom in a writers' city.
In the heart of convict country by Deirdre Beddoe
The author's letter from Australia, where she spent spring as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Sydney.


Mirrors by Tony Curtis
The Ladybird Room by Robert Nisbet
So many men so beautiful by Geoffrey Williams
Sherbert in need of a holiday (extract) by David Laws


Poems by :
Chris Bendon
Tony Curtis
Frances Sackett
Vuyelwa Carlin
Maggie York
Merryn Williams
Ann Cluysenaar
W M Tidmarsh
Ruth Bidgood
Huw Watkins
Ted Beausire
Wyn Hobson
Simon Curtis
Peter Grufdydd
Joseph Clancy
Robert Nagler
Eugene Dubnov
Chris Pelling


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Great Legends of Wales by Ronald Barnes
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