Issue 15,

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New Welsh Review 15, Winter 1991


Editorial (Robin Reeves)
'PLEASE Miss Aldridge,' Claire said at once, '. . . but what I mean what I want to know is — however did we get back to being English again?'read more...


How Green is my Valley now? by Peter Stead
Peter Stead on his new film to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hollywood's verson of Richard Llewellyn's best-selling novel.
Land of our Mothers by Sian Edwards
The author reviews Our Mother's Land: Chapters in Welsh Women's History 1830-1939, and finds Welsh stereotypes turned on their head.
The fragmented image by Eleri Carrog
Eleri Carrog explores the meaning of Welshness.
Remember the Sabbath Day... by D Ben Rees
As the forces of Mammon seek to scrap all Sunday trading restrictions, the author restates the case for the traditional Welsh Sunday.
Fields of decline by Rhys David
The author discusses, with the help of several new books on the subject of rugby, the outlook for Wales's national game.
Tiger Bay and the law of love by Tom Davies
Tom Davies takes a nostalgic look back at 'perhaps the most famous and misunderstood' images of Wales, Tiger Bay.
Dramatizing 'Funland' by James A Davies
The author explores Dannie Abse's longest and most ambitious poem and the poet's abiding concern with the nature and exercise of authority.
Japan Festival 1991: Haiku Competition by Nigel Jenkins
Nigel Jenkins discusses the competition and introduces 22 of the best haiku.
A leap in the light by Peter Finch
A review of a new haiku collection by the Festival winner, David Cobb.
A Welsh strategy for literature by Anthony Conran
The Government is planning to publish a 'national arts strategy'. Anthony Conran looks back at what has been achieved for both of Wales's literatures and spells out some immediate priorities.
UWP's pride and purpose by Herbert Williams
In the second of our series on Welsh publishers, Herbert Williams talks to Ned Thomas, the new director of University of Wales Press.
A playwright of stature by Harri Pritchard Jones
The author pays tribute to Gwenlyn Parry, a revolutionary figure in the Welsh language theatre.
Ray Smith by Herbert Williams
A tribute to actor, Ray Smith.
Auntie shows her fangs by Jon Gower
Jon Gower's round-up of broadcast media.


The Secret by Dannie Abse
Moonbeam kisses by Leonora Brito


Poems by :
Douglas Phillips
Chris Bendon
Anthony Conran
Herbert Williams
Wendy Cope
Thomas Kretz
David Barnett
Peter Finch
H G A Hughes
Gareth Owen
Ifor Thomas
Catherine Fisher


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The Works by Ed by Nigel Jenkins
Published by The Welsh Union of Writers
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Reviewed by Glyn Jones
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A Solitary Grief by Bernice Rubens
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The Land Where Lost Things Go By Olive Watson by Richard Francis
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The Big Glass by Gabriel Josipovici
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Raymond Williams by Tony Pinkney
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The word I breath by
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A Cold Coming: Gulf War Poems by Tony Harrison
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Myddfai its Land and Peoples by David B James
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The Secret Bridge by Robin Richards
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The History of Port Talbot by Sally Roberts Jones
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Brecon c 1093-1660: An Illustrated History by W S K Thomas
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John Cowper Powys's Wolf Solent: Critical Studies by Ed by Belinda Humfrey
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Beneath the Wide Wide Heaven - Poetry of the environment from antiquity to the present by Ed by Sara Dunn and Alan Scholefield
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Love from Wales by Ed by Tony Curtis and Sian James
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Reviewed by Alun Rees
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Emily Bronte: A Chainless Soul by Katherine Frank
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Reviewed by Frances Mannsaker
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Pembrokeshire Folk Tales by Brian John
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The Fox Red Hills by Cynthia S Roberts
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Bronwen by Hilda McKenzie
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Candlenight by Phil Rickman
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A Place of Eagles by Margaret Evans
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Interweave by Ed by Margaret Harlin
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Is it still raining in Aberfan? A pit and its people by Melanie Doel and Martin Dunkerton
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The Glengettie John Tripp spoken poetry award - Anthony James

the Glengettie John Tripp spoken poetry award - Sheenagh Pugh

Oliver Reynold's The Oslo Tram - Gillian Clarke

Fighting for Wales - Nicholas Murray

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