Issue 30,

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New Welsh Review 30, Autumn 1995


Editorial:


English in Wales (Robin Reeves)
Towards the Millennium is the title of a collection of essays on the arts scene in Wales just published by the Gregynog Press. Purporting to describe the artistic climate in Wales " at a turning point in his history", its most noteworthy feature is an hysterical attack upon the Welsh language cultural industries by the Welsh film maker, Kari Francis. A paid-up member of the conspiracy theory of history, Mr Francis accuses the Welsh language community of being a 'racist clique', which has excluded thousands of actors, writers, directors, poets, publishers, dramatists, technicians from the means of production and distribution of artistic wealth of Wales in the last thirty years.read more...

Features

Welsh studies "come of age" by Tony Conran
After studying Idris Davies's complete poem, Tony Conran concludes that the poet is more crucial than Dylan Thomas and R S Thomas to the study of Anglo-Welsh poetry.
Why David Jones matters by Hilary Davies
On the centenary of David Jones's birth, Hilary Davies argues that his attainments and influence as a writer go overlooked because of a failure of responsibility and vision at the heart of contemporary British poetry.
The Welshness of the ELWAU by Joseph P Clancy
The author gives his thoughts on what constitutes Welsh literature from an American perspective.
'Love must wait' by John Pikoulis
John Pikoulis reviews the first edition of Alun Lewis's collected poems and finds 'the writing was marked by an excess of rhetoric and inequalities in style and approach.'
Reflections on letters & unpublished poems by Alun Lewis by Freda Ackroyd
Freda Ackroyd shares her intimate correspondance from Alun Lewis and draft poems that he sent her during war time.
Pembrokeshire's Cavaliere connection by David W James
The author reviews The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag's novel about Naples at the time of the Napoleonic Wars and finds it made him re-read the history of Pembrokeshire.
'A molten rush of immediate perception' by Anne Cluysenaar
Anne Cluysenaar reviews a new biography of the 17th-century Metaphysical poet, Henry Vaughan, by Stevie Davies.
Lloyd George and the lost films by Dave Berry
Dave Berry reports on the emergence of more and more silent Welsh films from the world's archives and their contribution to the early history of cinema.
Just criminals and put upon cops by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes.
Once More Unto the Breach... by John Osmond
John Osmond explores the latest documents and arguments for a National Theatre for Wales.
Virtual Reality Wales by Mark Jenkins
The author attacks what he sees as the cultural nationalist prescription demanded of playwrights in Wales.
From Memory: or other ways of telling by Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson of the Brith Gof Theatre Company on the value and importance of story-telling.

Fiction

Smother Day by Brian George
Bad Eating by Jon Gower
Life Story by Kathryn Fairless
The Novice by Alun Lewis
Estuary by Carol Lee

Poems

Poems by :
Penny Windsor
Janet Dube
Gareth Calway
John Hindle
Hilary Davies
W M Tidmarsh
Wayne Burrows
Sally Roberts Jones
Clyde Holmes
Joseph P Clancy
David Hart
Tony Conran
Freda Ackroyd
John Freeman
Frances Sackett

Reviews


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No Truce with the Furies by R S Thomas
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Roland Mathias by Sam Adams
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The Welsh Fairy Book by W Jenkyn Thomas
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Stories of Wales by Elisabeth Sheppard-Jones
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In the Teeth of the Dragon by Phil Carradice
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One Moonlit Night by Cardog Prichard
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The Secret Room by Marion Eames
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Excalibur: the search for Arthur by Gwyn A Williams
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Owain Glyn Dwr and the War of Independence in the Welsh Borders by Geoffrey Hodges
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The Road to Shiloh by Jon Dressel
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dat's love by Leonora Brito
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Unsettling Strangers by Jeremy Fonge
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The Real Shakespeare by Eric Sams
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Wild Wales by George Borrow
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A Machynlleth Triad by Jan Morris
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Fame by Kevin McGrath
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How to Pronounce Welsh Place Names by Norman Schwenk
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The Everlasting Snow by Stanley Mason
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Fitting in with Malcolm by Ric Hool
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Left-Handers by Hubert Moore
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Red Poets Society 2 by Ed. by Mike Jenkins
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Abyssophone by Peter Redgrove
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Out of the Ordinalia by Alan M Kent with Pol Hodge
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A Clwyd Anthology by Dewi Roberts
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Celtic Women: Women in Celtic Society and Literature by Peter Berresford Ellis
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Letters

Shakespeare's Welsh Connection - John Idris Jones

Nobel for RS - Graham Davies

Nobel for RS - Selwyn Pritchard Hughes

A E Richards - Wyn Parry-Jones

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