Issue 24,

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New Welsh Review 24, Spring 1994


Editorial:


The year of literature 1995 - and beyond (Robin Reeves)
Sean Doran, the new Director of Swansea's UK Year of Literature 1995, has made a good start on picking up the pieces after the disasters of the past two years. Within days of his arrival in Swansea he had called a meeting of local community groups and announced the setting up of a local fund to support events which they might wish to stage. "Our door is open to anybody who wants to be involved," he declared.read more...

Features

The Poet in the Republic: Wales, Scotland and Ireland by Owen Dudley Edwards
The distinguished historian's Gwyn Jones Lecture in which he takes issue with those who interpret Plato's famous passage first censoring and then excluding the imaginative poets from his Republic as anything other than a 2,400 year old joke.
The poet in the Welsh Republic by Nigel Jenkins
A discussion about the literary contribution of Harri Webb with the help of a new study of the Welsh republican poet by Lord Morris of Castlemorris.
Dylan Thomas: forty years on by Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich shares some reflections on Wales's most famous English-language poet this century with the help of the new editions of his work published to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of his death.
The usual litany of rows and rages by Aeron Thomas
Aeron Thomas review's Caitlin, Paul Ferris's biography of her mother, the widow of Dylan Thomas, finding it meticulously researched yet disappointing in its failure to convey her mother's wit and charm.
A brilliant Aztec artefact by Belinda Humfrey
The author reviews Christopher Evan's Aztec Century, an ingenious work of history-fiction, short-listed for this year's Welsh Book of the Year Awards.
Misanthropic Humanist by Dafydd Johnston
Dafydd Johnston on Robin Chapman's shortlisted biography of a renowned man of Welsh letters, W J Grufydd; plus an example of his work, the mock obituary of 'Lemuel Parry' translated by Meic Stephens.
Silky perfection by John Powell Ward
The author discusses the life and poetry of Montgomery-born, sixteenth-century poet George Herbert.
Sharp intakes of breath by Jon Gower
A round-up of broadcast media.

Fiction

The Last 39-year-old Housewife by Catherine Merriman
The Signature of All Things by P Y Betts
The Patient by Megan Riley McGilchrist
Megan's Dilemma by Thornton B Edwards

Poems

Poems by :
Peter Gruffydd
Connie Bensley
John Stuart Williams
John Linares
Eric Ratcliffe
Kevin Bamford
Huw Jones
A S Seligsohn
Louis Daniel Brodsky
Sue Moules
John Freeman
Stephen D Partington
Helen Kitson
Mike Everley
Michael Ponsford
B W Beynon
Stuart A Paterson
Kenneth C Steven
Francess Sackett
Peter J Neville Havins

Reviews


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Letter to Loren by Dylan Thomas
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Castles: Variations on an Original Theme by Tony Conran
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A Certain Marvellous Thing by John Powell Ward
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Taken for Pearl by Tony Curtis
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Flowering Limbs by Stephen Knight
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Waiting: The Religious Poetry of Ronald Stuart Thomas, Welsh poet and priest by M J J Buuren
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Frieze by R S Thomas
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Iolo Goch: Poems by Dafydd Johnston
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Death is a Pilgrim, A Cantebury Tale by Gertrude and Joseph Clancy
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Ancestral Lines: Culture and Identity in the Work of Six Contemporary Poets by Linden Peach
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The South Country by Edward Thomas
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Welsh Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Women in Wales and Women of Welsh Descent in America by Constance Wall Holt
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Reviewed by Michele Ryan
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The Prince of Wales and Stories by Jonathan Mallalieu
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The Stuff of Love by Ifor Thomas
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Cold Cuts: Tales of Terror by Ed. by Paul Lewis & Steve Lockley
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Hiraeth by H Gwyn Jones
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Mac's Well by Dean Moriarty
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Meadow Prospect Revisited by Gwyn Thomas
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A Rhondda Anthology by ED. by Meic Stephens
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The Glass Island by Gladys Mary Coles
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Shining Brow by Paul Muldoon
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Jewels and Binoculars by Ed. by Phil Bowen
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Cardboard Troy by William Oxley
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Lad's Love by Sylvia Kantaris
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British Subjects by Fred d'Aguiar
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The Lie of Horizons by Desmond Graham
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Joy Riding by Les Arnold
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The Autonomous Region by Kathleen Jamie & Sean Mayne Smith
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The University Movement in Wales by J Gwynn Williams
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The University of Wales: An Illustrated History by Geraint H Jenkins
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Both Sides of the River: Merseyside in Poetry and Prose by Ed. by Gladys Mary Coles
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John Morgan's Wales: A Personal Anthology by Ed. by Christopher Davies
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Letters

Gwyn Thomas, schoolmaster - Clive Read

Iris Gower and the writer as storyteller - Sally Roberts Jones

Shakespeare's Welsh Connection - Dewi Roberts

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