Issue 19,

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New Welsh Review 19, Winter 1992


Editorial:


Caradoc Evans's Wales (Robin Reeves)
IT is nearly 80 years since Caradoc Evans's burst on to the literary scene with a volume of short stories My People, which quickly earned him the title of the most hated man in Wales. He remains to this day the most controversial Anglo-Welsh writer of the 20th century. Chapel-going may have dwindled to a shadow of its former self, but many people in Wales, re-reading his short-stories today, are still touched by the feelings of outrage which they provoked originally.read more...

Features

Literary voyeurism by D Hywel Davies
The author reviews Annwyl Kate, Annwyl Saunders - the private letters, spanning a 60-year period, between leading 20th Century Welsh writers, Kate Roberts and Saunders Lewis.
The Devil in Eden: Caradoc Evans and his Wales by John Harris
John Harris's Gwyn Jones lecture illuminates the early life and times of this century's most controversial Anglo-Welsh writer.
Death to a dinosaur by Jonah Jones
Jonah Jones enters the debate over the role of the National Museum of Wales.
When east was east and west was west by John Osmond
Provoked by The Confirmation, John Barnie's autobiographical novel about upbringing, John Osmond discusses the experience they both shared of growing up in Abergavenny.
Climbing aboard a coracle of a language by Dai Woosnam
Dai Woosnam reviews Discovering Welshness, a new book of essays by people who learned Welsh as a second language, and likes what he finds.
Thomas Johnes and the lost world of Hafod by Bethan Phillips
The author recalls the triumphs and tragedies of one of Wales's most celebrated landlords with the help of Richard Moore-Colyer's book A Land of Pure Delight.
Enlightened times by J H Cook
J H Cook explains the increasing popularity of the historical novels of American lawyer Sharon Penman and the insight they provide into medieval Welsh society.
Sounds of Achievement by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes.
Modern media's evil romanticism by Tom Davies
Tom Davies believes that television is obsessed with the persistent pursuit of the violent and in this article, spells out what he thinks is to blame for the mounting tide of violence, riot, crime and disorder in society.
Eagle spreads its wings by Dewi Roberts
Part of our series of articles focusing on Welsh publishers, Dewi Roberts talks to Myrddin Ap Dafydd of Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
The Arthur of the Welsh by Bedwyr Lewis Jones
The author examines The Arthur of the Welsh, a new study of the Arthurian legend which for centuries has captivated the imagination of Europe and the English speaking world.

Fiction

The Echo by P Y Betts
Life Imitates Art by Peter Finch
Freepost by T J Davies
Diary, 25.12.80 - 1.1.81 by Madeline Mayne

Poems

Poems by :
Maura Dooley
Penny Windsor
Paul Henry
Nigel Jenkins
Mike Jenkins
James Keery
R N Allen
Bernard Harrington
Shanta Acharya
John Pook
Catherine Merriman
Robert Coleman Williams
Sam Adams
Helen Kitson
Peter Gruffydd
Marilyn Jenkins
Vicki Feaver
Chris Torrance
Rowena Hulton
M Dickinson
Robert Radcliffe
Tim Williams

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
be bought online from gwales.com, the Welsh Books Council's online
bookshop, by simply clicking on the 'buy now' icon. For any that
are unavailable, please contact the publishers or ask in your local
bookshop. All details were correct at the time of publication.
Internal Difference, Literature in 20th-century Wales by M Wynn Thomas
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 196pp £12.95
Reviewed by John Pikoulis
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Talkies by Robert Crawford
Published by Chatto & Windus
ISBN pb 79pp £5.99
Reviewed by Ian Gregson
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In the Echoey Tunnel by Christopher Reid
Published by Faber
ISBN pb 73pp £4.99
Reviewed by Ian Gregson
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Watching the Fire Eater by Robert Minhinnick
Published by Seren
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by Patrick Dobbs
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Printed on Stone - Cerddi Waldo Williams by J E Caerwyn Williams
Published by Gwasg Gregynog
ISBN £58.00
Reviewed by Meic Stephens
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Careless Talk by James Friel
Published by Macmillan
ISBN pb 162pp £3.99
Reviewed by Nicholas Le Mesurier
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A Gwynedd Anthology by Ed by Ian Skidmore
Published by Christopher Davies
ISBN pb 280pp £14.95
Reviewed by Dewi Roberts
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Travels in Gwent by Ed by Alan Roderick
Published by Handpost Books
ISBN pb 188pp £12.95
Reviewed by Dewi Roberts
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Out of the Rain by Glyn Maxwell
Published by Bloodaxe
ISBN £6.95
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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Phrase Book by Jo Shapcot
Published by OUP
ISBN £5.99
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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Hail! Madame Jazz by Michael O'Siadhail
Published by Bloodaxe
ISBN £7.95
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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Trespasses by Martin Turner
Published by Faber
ISBN £5.99
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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In the Mirror of your Eyes by Jane Tresider
Published by Stride
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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Defying Gravity by Richard Gwyn
Published by Red Sharks Press
ISBN £3.99
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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An Angry Letter in January by Ama Ata Aidoo
Published by Dangaroo Press
ISBN £7.95
Reviewed by Jan LL Harris
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The Banner of David by J P Day
Published by Gomer
ISBN £9.95
Reviewed by Catherine Fisher
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Poems on the Underground by Ed by Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik & Cicely Herbert
Published by Cassell
ISBN £9.99
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Collected Poems by P J Kavanagh
Published by Carcanet Press
ISBN £18.95
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Walking to Santiago by Neil Curry
Published by Enitharmon
ISBN £7.95
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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The Gaze of the Gorgon by Tony Harrison
Published by Bloodaxe
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Sighting the Slave Ship by Pauline Stainer
Published by Bloodaxe
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Kid by Simon Armitage
Published by Faber & Faber
ISBN £5.99
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Thinning Grapes by Mary Sheepshanks
Published by NPF Publications
ISBN £5.00
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Trouble by Herbert Lomas
Published by Sinclair-Stevenson
ISBN £7.99
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Between Dark Dreams by Rupert M Loydell
Published by Acumen
ISBN £4.95
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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The Rabbit Magician Plate by Judith Kazantzis
Published by Sinclair-Stevenson
ISBN £7.99
Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Dear Merv...Dear Bill by Mervyn Haismith & L E Snellgrove
Published by Gwasg Gomer
ISBN pb 173pp £12.95
Reviewed by Mary Parnell
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Christian Contradictions & The World Revolution by Andre Kehoe
Published by Glendale Publishing
ISBN £12.95
Reviewed by Patrick Dobbs
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The Last Invasion: The story of the French landing in Wales by Phil Carradice
Published by Village Publishing
ISBN pb 152pp £6.95
Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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'Yan Boogie' The autobiography of a Swansea Valley Girl by Eileen Baker
Published by Sigma Press
ISBN pb 157pp £6.99
Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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Welsh Long-houses: Four centuries of farming at Cilewent by Eurwyn Williams
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 44pp £3.95
Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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Bala, Lake of Beauty: The Story of Llyn Tegid by Ron Quenby
Published by Hardwick House
ISBN pb 28pp £1.99
Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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Historic West Wales by Paul R Davies
Published by Christopher Davies
ISBN pb 125pp £9.95
Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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Ceredigion by
Published by Journal of the Anitiquarian Society
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Reviewed by Leighton Hargest
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The Medlar Tree by Glenda Beagan
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 148pp £6.95
Reviewed by Ifor Thomas
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The Ladybird Room by Robert Nisbet
Published by Alun Books
ISBN pb 94pp £3.75
Reviewed by Ifor Thomas
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Gwae Fi Fy Myw by Alan Llwyd
Published by Cyhoeddiadau Barddas
ISBN pb 403pp £16.00
Reviewed by Owen D Roberts
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Letters

HTV is here to stay - Huw Davies

The kebbabing of Kinnock - Rosalind Elbogen

The kebabbing of Kinnock - Jeff Bell

The Kebbabing of Kinnock - Peter Smith

Green memories - Emlyn W Jones

Anglo-Welsh studies - why the apathy? - Caryl Ward

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