Issue 29,

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New Welsh Review 29, Summer 1995


Editorial:


Writers and the Nobel Prize (Robin Reeves)
Sections of the London media have reacted with characteristic shortsightedness to the suggestion put forward in the last issue of the New Welsh Review that R.S. Thomas is worthy of nomination for the Nobel Prize for Literature. In the clichéd tones which have become the hallmark of much of their treatment of Wales and Welsh issues in recent years, they suggest that R.S.'s observations on the Welsh condition somehow render him ineligible as a Nobel candidate because they have been controversial.
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Features

"Be a human being..." by Leslie Norris, Harri Pritchard & John Pikoulis
A tribute to Glyn Jones, 'the most interesting and individual of Anglo-Welsh writers'.
Extract from the notebooks of Glyn Jones by Meic Stephens
Meic Stephens selects his favourite extracts from a literary archive accumulated over eighty years.
The end of the affair by Jenny Rees
Jenny Rees, daughter of celebrated journalist Goronwy Rees, reveals for the first time the content of four 'sensitive' letters written by her father to the novelist Rosamond Lehman in 1940 and 1941.
A journalist in the Thirties by John Harris
John Harris discusses Goronwy Rees's work on the Spectator and his other literary activities.
Fiction which foreshadows foolishness by Richard Jones
The author argues that Goronwy Rees's novels shadow forth the tragic breaking of his career a quarter of a century later.
The man of The People: Goronwy Rees and the Aberystwyth episode by E L Ellis
E L Ellis retraces the row over Rees's Sunday newspaper revelations about the spy Guy Burgess which rocked Welsh academic life in the 1950s and led to his enforced resignation as Principal of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Both perfect prey and perfect foil by Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian writer reviews Jenny Rees's biography of her father and argues that Goronwy Ress became a victim of the British Establishment for committing the unforgiveable sin of betraying a friend even though that friend was a spy.
Noises off by Peter Morgan
After a dramatic year at Theatr Clwyd, Peter Morgan reports that its future is far from certain.
Helena Kaut-Howson by
The ex Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd in Mold gives a candid interview about her sudden departure.
Speechless in two languages by Graham Allen
A review of the springs season of new plays from Wales, including Song for a Forgotten City by Edward Thomas, I've been Eddie Mostyn about the world of stand-up comedy and Nothing to Pay, adapted by Simon Harris.
The dialect of dialogue by Hazel Walford Davies
Hazel Walford Davies in discussion with Sion Eirian, writer of ITV thriller A Mind to Kill and Theatr Clwyd's first playwright in residence in 1978.
BBC Wales and the missing interviews by Michele Ryan and Gareth Price
The authors take issue with aspects of John Davies's new history of the BBC in Wales, Broadcasting and the BBC in Wales.
Interpreting and using myths by Gareth Miles and Angela Graham
Script-writer Gareth Miles and producer Angela Graham discuss the making of S4C's award-winning film, Branwen.

Fiction

Small Screen by John Harrison
The Hook by Carole Morgan Hopkin
The Poison by Leslie Hardinge PDE

Poems

Poems by :
E Mary Wince
John Hindle
Raymond Garlick
Roland Mathias
Angela Morton
Peter Gruffydd
Anne Wigley
Dean Juniper
Harry Fraser
Rosamund Stanhope
Richard Jeary
Joop Bersee
John Greening
Paul Christmas
Ivor C Treby
Michael McNamara
Mike Jenkins
Huw Watkins
Laurence James
D J Thorp
Saul Miller
Peter Finch
Lynne Rees
Kelly Cherry

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture by Peter Lord
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Fire Green as Grass: studies of the creative impulse in Anglo-Welsh Poetry & Short Stories of the 20th Century by Ed. by Belinda Humfrey
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The Sun in the West by Jean Earle
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Island of Dark Horses by Christine Evans
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Eucalyptus by Menna Elfyn
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An Interference of Light by Russell Celyn Jones
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Senghennydd, The Universal Pit Village 1890-1930 by Michael Lieven
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Nearly a Miner by Einion Evans
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They Gave Me a Lamp by Phyliss M Jones
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Coal: A Sonnet Sequence by John Gurney & Paul Peter Piech
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How Real Is My Valley? Postmodernism & the South Wales Valleys by John Evans
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The Poetry Business by Peter Finch
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Poesie des Regions d'Europe: Pays de Galles by Ed. by Tony Curtis
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Tender to the Queen of Spain by Ken Smith
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Double by John Hartley Williams
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Cold Flushes by Mary Maher
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Coming up to Midnight by Nicky Rice
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Their Perfect Lives by John Levett
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Passion by Ed by Jeremy Robinson
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The Blood of the Walsungs by Otto Orban
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Green Agenda: on the environment of Wales by Ed. by Robert Minhinnick
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A Parliament for Wales by Ed. by John Osmond
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Bloody Valentine: A Killing in Cardiff by John Williams
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The March Hare and other stories by Padraic Breathnac
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Agenda: An Anthology 1959-1993 by Ed. by William Cookson
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The Wales Yearbook 1995 by Ed by Denis Balsom
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Reference Wales by John May
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Letters

R S Thomas & The Nobel Prize - Dr Lyn Davies, Chris Bendon, Peter Gruffydd, Julian Meek

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