Issue 16,

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New Welsh Review 16, Spring 1992


Editorial:


Editorial (Robin Reeves)
Dylan Thomas deserves celebrating. He wrote some magnificent poetry, timeless prose and memorable broadcasts for radio at a time when that medium was at the peak of its cultural influence.read more...

Features

Under Milk Wood by John Idris Jones
The author reviews the literary strengths and weaknesses of Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas's "play for voices".
Running Away to Sea by John Ackerman
John Ackerman reviews a new collection of Dylan Thomas's radio broadcasts, edited by Ralph Maud.
Rebecca's seed falls on stony ground by Peter Stead
Peter Stead reviews Karl Francis's film version of the Rebecca Riots, based on an original script by Dylan Thomas and finds that the film's only redeeeming aspect is the casting of Paul Rhys as the hero Anthony Raine.
The colour of saying by John Ackerman
The author explores the drama of the narrative voice in Dylan Thomas's work and the secret of its appeal to adults and children alike.
Fern Hill by Mary Parnell
Mary Parnell reviews the Sherman Theatre Company's Fern Hill and finds it an enjoyable experience, despite the tenuous connection to Dylan Thomas.
To be enjoyed, not revered by Robin Lyons
The producer of an animated version of Under Milk Wood explains the thinking behind the film.
Delinquent free spirit or astute operator? by Richard Jones
Richard Jones discusses the life of Dylan Thomas with the help of the latest in a long line of biographies Dylan Thomas in the mercy of his means by George Tremlett.
Memories momenti mori by Aeronwy Thomas
Aeronwy Thomas recalls her recent visit to The Boat House.
A noble, confounding edifice by Moelwyn Merchant
The author discusses the fine craftmanship of Edith Pargeter, the creator of Brother Cadfael.
The Cadfael Companion by Sally Roberts Jones
A review of a new guide to the world of Brother Cadfael The Cadfael Companion, by Robin Whiteman.
Selling sex to the sophisticated by Jackie Aplin, Ifor Thomas and Gwyn Thomas
Jackie Aplin interviews Fiona Pitt-Kethley about her work, notoriety and Welsh family background, Ifor Thomas reviews her Literary Companion to Sex and Gwyn Thomas a new book of medieval Welsh erotic poetry.
Cardiff's red carpet for Roald Dahl by Jackie Aplin
The reopening of Cardiff Bay's Norwegian Church marked the links between Norway and Wales and paid tribute to Llandaf's most famous son, author Roald Dahl.
Magical, funny and deliciously disgusting! by Alice Gould
The author explains why Roald Dahl offers everything a child ever wanted in a book.
Lime, lemon and...internment by Mario Basini
The author reviews Lime, Lemon and Sarsaparilla by Colin Hughes and recalls the shameful treatment of Welsh Italians in world war two.
From Wales back to Wales by Josephine Servini
The author returns to Bardi or Piccolo Galles 'Little Wales' - a Welsh Italian town in the mountains.
Raw energy by Herbert Williams
In the third of our series on Welsh publishers, Herbert Williams talks to Red Sharks press's Christopher Mills.
Old Devils and Necrophiliacs by Jon Gower
Broadcasting Notes.

Fiction

The Stars and their Courses by Herbert Williams
Cissy Darling by Caryl Ward
Mr Lloyd's Obsession by Ness Driver

Poems

Poems by :
Irene Thomas
Joseph P Clancy
Geoffrey Holloway
Leslie Norris
Sheenagh Pugh
Robert Lumsden
Ruth Bidgood
Moelwyn Merchant
C J Walsh
R R Cretchley
Tim Goldstone
Mike Jenkins
B W Beynon

Reviews


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A Life at the Centre by Roy Jenkins
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Llafur y Blynyddoedd by Gwilym Prys Davies
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Thinking of Happiness by Michael Laskey
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Selected Poems by David Constantine
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The Book of Judas by Brendan Kennelly
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Reading Old Friends by John Matthias
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Ghost Country by Herbert Williams
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Background to Dylan Thomas and other Explorations by Gwyn Jones
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Pterodactyl Rose by William Heyen
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The Art of Derek Walcott by Ed by Stewart Brown
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Glass Shot by Duncan Bush
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Mother Russia by Bernice Rubens
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Short Days, Long Nights by Helen Dunmore
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Letters

Making a mockery of haiku - Tony Curtis

Making a mockery of haiku - Rodney Aitchtey

Publishing in Wales - Robert Watson

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