Issue 25,

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New Welsh Review 25, Summer 1994


Editorial:


Poetry as publicity (Robin Reeves)
Why were there no poets from Wales in the Poetry Society's recent promotion of 'New Generation' poets? Seven Scots, eight women - but no-one from Wales. Was this because there were no Welsh poets worthy of inclusion? We doubt it. It seems to us more likely that it reflects the failure of the judges to live up to their responsibilities. The judges on this occasion were Margaret Busby, a publisher and author, the poets Vicki Feaver and Michael Longley, John Osborne, Professor of American Studies at Hull University and editor of the poetry magazine Bête Noire, and The Guardian's chief literary critic, James Wood. The non-voting chairman was Melvyn Bragg.read more...

Features

Welsh Greats of today by Peter Stead
Peter Stead finds a new collection of portraits Cymry Enwog Heddiw/Welsh Greats of Today by Sian Trenberth far more rewarding than its late Victorian and Edwardian forebears.
Landscape and identity by Ioan Bowen Rees
The author explores the relationship between Landscape and identity in Wales, with the help of distinguished writers, past and present.
Carnivorous countryside by Merfyn Williams
The author discusses the new perspectives on the future of rural Wales offered by two new books: Living in Rural Wales by Noragh Jones and Beyond Optimism: A Buddhist Political Ecology by Ken Jones.
The eco-fascist meets the saint by Jon Gower
Jon Gower profiles the distinguised naturalist and writer William Condry, author of a clutch of books, including The Natural History of Wales.
'Loose sheets and idle scribbling': the case against Shakespeare's Lleweni connection by Jeremy Griffiths
Jeremy Griffiths is not so far convinced by Tom Lloyd-Roberts's arguments (see NWR 23) or his own investigations that the Lleweni manuscript contains two previously unrecognised poems written by Shakespeare.
The structure of Venus and Adonis, the spirit of [i:A Midsummer Night's Dream: the case in favour] by John Idris Jones
The author argues that the range of common factors between the Lleweni manuscript poems and William Shakespeare's contemporaneous works are such that only Shakespeare could be the author.
Interesting material ... but not proven by Lord Morris of Castle Morris
The former general editor of the New Arden Shakespeare gives his reaction to the evidence of a close link between William Shakespeare and Sir John Salsbury of Lleweni.
Ghost of a country by Jon Gower
A round-up of TV and radio broadcasting.

Fiction

Ianto and the Kite by Patrick Dobbs
Lew's Old Man by Ron Berry
The Gold Bangle by Caryl Ward

Poems

Poems by :
Huw Watkins
Ruth Bidgood
Steve Short
John Idris Jones
Gwyneth Lewis
Brian George
Glenda Beagan
Alison Bielski
J D Mallinson
Robert Francis
Clyde Holmes
Ann Thompson
Mike Jenkins
Phillip Carr
John Hartley Williams
Jacques Prevert

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.
Dennis Potter by Peter Stead
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 152pp £5.95
Reviewed by Manon Rhys
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The Forward Book of Poetry 1994 by
Published by Forward Publishing
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by John Pikoulis
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Sixty Women Poets by Ed by Linda France
Published by Bloodaxe Books
ISBN £8.95
Reviewed by John Pikoulis
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Klaonica: Poems for Bosnia by Ed by Ken Smith and Judy Benson
Published by Bloodaxe Books
ISBN £7.95
Reviewed by John Pikoulis
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The Art of Richard Hughes by Paul Morgan
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 177pp £12.95
Reviewed by Don Dale-Jones
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Wilfred Owen by Merryn Williams
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 181pp £5.95
Reviewed by D A Callard
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A Deep Cry by Ed by Anne Powell
Published by Palladour Books
ISBN 458pp £20.00
Reviewed by D A Callard
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An Open World: Essays on Leslie Norris by Ed by Eugene England and Peter Makuck
Published by Camden House
ISBN 207pp £38.00
Reviewed by James A Davies
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Sir Rhys ap Thomas and his family: A Study in the Wars of the Roses and Early Tudor Politics by Ralph A Griffiths
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 333pp £35.00
Reviewed by David Rees
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Snobs and Sardines: Rhondda Schooldays by Mary Davies Parnell
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 220pp £9.95
Reviewed by Herbert Williams
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Their Silence a Language by Jeremy Hooker and Lee Grandjeans
Published by Enitharmon
ISBN pb 79pp £8.95
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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The Dancing Drayman by Christopher Mills
Published by Red Sharks
ISBN pb 91pp £3.00
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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East Anglian Wordscapes by Mercer Simpson
Published by Rockingham
ISBN pb 79pp £7.95
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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The Restaurant of Mud by B W Beynon
Published by Stride
ISBN pb 72pp £5.95
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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Concentrated Ground by Martin A Hibberd
Published by Stride
ISBN pb 102pp £6.95
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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Perspective Lessons, Virtual Lines by Chris Bendon
Published by Rockingham
ISBN pb 80pp £5.95
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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My Darling Kleptomania by Laura Barnes
Published by Red Sharks
ISBN pb 24pp £1.50
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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Muddy Eyes by Caryl Ward
Published by Red Sharks
ISBN pb 24pp £1.50
Reviewed by Graham Allen
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The City by John Barnie
Published by Gomer
ISBN £5.95
Reviewed by Patrick Dobbs
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Don't Stand So Close by Lloyd Rees
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 258pp £6.95
Reviewed by Mary Parnell
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Airy Cages by Christine Hamilton
Published by Macmillan
ISBN pb 275pp £14.99
Reviewed by Mary Parnell
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Sacred Fire by Haydn Richards
Published by Alun Books
ISBN £4.99
Reviewed by Jean Henderson
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Swansea Girl: A Memoir by Barbara Hardy
Published by Peter Owen
ISBN pb 216pp £16.95
Reviewed by Herbert Williams
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Night Sisters by John Pritchard
Published by Harper Collins
ISBN pb 346pp £4.99
Reviewed by John Harrison
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Llandeilo, a facsimile compilation by Dyfed County Council Cultural Services
Published by
ISBN £11.50
Reviewed by Janet Dube
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Celt and Saxon: The Struggle for Britain, AD 410-937 by Peter Berresford Ellis
Published by Constable
ISBN pb 288pp £17.95
Reviewed by Rodney Aitchtey
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A Welsh Country Diary by William Condry
Published by Gomer
ISBN pb 176pp £7.50
Reviewed by Richard Jones
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Letters

Culture and identity - Linden Peach

Books and writers - David Skilton

A Rhondda Miscellany - Ken Hopkins

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