Issue 18,

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New Welsh Review 18, Autumn 1992


Editorial (Robin Reeves)
The Government has set up yet another review of the teaching of English - to the exasperation of the teaching profession. Government Ministers say they want greater emphasis on spelling, grammar, and the speaking of "standard English"; the compulsory use of phonics and reading schemes among a balance of teaching methods; and the inclusion in the national curriculum of a compulsory canon of "great works".read more...


An evocative stroll with Admiral Pickard by Jon Manchip White
An extract from Jon Manchip White's The Journeying Boy: Scenes from a Welsh Childhood, in which the actor returns to his native Cardiff from Tennessee for the first time in twenty years.
Surviving the earthquake by Nicholas Le Mesurier
A discussion of the novels of Bernice Rubens, 'a writer never afraid to tackle a difficult subject'.
The Foundry by Mary Giles
Photographer Mary Giles records one of the final working days of Cardiff's Tubal Cain Engineering Foundry which closed in 1986.
Willingly to school by Elwyn Davies
The author recalls pupils and staff at Cardiff High School between the wars.
Architect of Emprie by Gwyn A Williams
Gwyn A Williams charts the rise and fall of nineteenth-century Imperial Wales with the help of a new biography by Herbert Williams of the Welsh entrepreneur, David Davies of Llandinam.
A Wandering Scholar by Merfyn Jones
The author explains the significance of Robert Roberts, Y Sgolor Mawr, with the help of his re-issued autobiography A Wandering Scholar: The Life and Opinions of Robert Roberts.
T J - one of the century's three greatest Welshmen? by Laura McAllister
Laura McAllister reviews the life and career of Thomas Jones CH, Cabinet Secretary to four British Prime Ministers.
Flight-deck of experience by Angela Fish
Angela Fish explores the life and writings of Welsh novelist, Menna Gallie, author of Strike for a Kingdom and The Small Mine.
Definitely not the pits by Jon Gower
A round-up of Welsh television and radio.


Captain Colenso by Alun Richards
Beginnings by Janet Dube
Will Rocket by Basil Griffiths
The white stick by Christopher Mills


Poems by :
David Fearnley
John Mason
Vuyelwa Carlin
Diane Fahey
Barbara Hardy
Martyn J Lowery
Julie Rainsbury
Mary Sheepshanks
F J Williams
Peter Finch
Phil McKelliget
Huw Lawrence
John Gimblett
Christopher Mills
Michael Lenihan
B W Beynon
Patricia Bishop
Geoffrey Holloway
Chris Pilling


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Neil Kinnock's kebbabing - Judith Maro

Neil Kinnock's Kebbabing - Dewi Roberts

Kate Roberts in translation - Joseph P Clancy

Shape and form in Haiku - Tony Curtis

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