Issue 33,

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New Welsh Review 33, Spring 1996


"Book of the Year" debâcle (Robin Reeves)
The recent decision to award the Arts Council of Wales's 1996 'Book of the Year' prize to Nigel Jenkins's study of the Khasis in preference to R.S. Thomas's latest volume of poems, No Truce with the Furies, beggars more...


Wales, Europe and the Global Market by Denzil Davies MP
A critical look at the choices facing Wales as the UK general election and a single European currency beckon.
Zaha Hadid's Opera House - a failure of Welsh nerve by Ifor Thomas
Ifor Thomas laments the decision to reject Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid's visionary plans for the home of the Welsh National Opera.
The Great Rebellion by David Rees
The author reviews three books on the uprising of the original Prince of Wales, Owain Glyn Dwr.
The Art of Narrative by Alun Richards
Beginning the New Welsh Review's 'Art of Writing' series, Alun Richards explores the essence of good narrative.
Memory is Like Company" by Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich talks to Jean Earle about her writings about,amongst other things, her early days as a writer, her influences and religion.
Rich layers of meaning by Greg Hill
Greg Hill probes the subtleties of Jean Earle's poem "Honesty".
Beyond the Picturedrome: Port Talbot and the cinema by Sally Roberts Jones
In cinema's centenary year, Sally Roberts Jones recalls the golden days of cinema in the seedbed of Wales's most famous film stars, including Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins.
'It's official, man. We are hip cats, cool dudes.' by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes focuses on the flourishing Welsh pop scene.
Signposts for Welsh drama by Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins reports back from a Social Drama Seminar hosted by Made in Wales Stage Company, and reflects on the proceedings with the convenor, Lloyd Trott, chair of New Playwrights Trust.
Strong meat and pyrotechnics by Keith Morris
The author looks back at Arad Goch's "Opening Doors/Agor Drysau" international festival of theatre for young audiences in Aberystwyth.
Some home-picked produce can, and does, travel by Carole Woddis
A report on Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden's Four Corners' season of plays from outside London.
A Journey of Exploration by Hazel Walford Davies
Charles Way in conversation with Hazel Walford Davies. They discuss community theatre, Way's adaptation of On the Black Hill and his diversification into writing scripts for animation.


The Bread Van by Brian Smith
Rain by Peter Slater
Home Thoughts 1940 by Bernard Harrington
An Immediate Man by Lewis Davies
Lloyd Evans RIP by Gareth Harding


Poems by :
John Gurney
Nigel Jenkins
Steve Short
Neil Wenborn
Philip Pyke
Sian Gwilym-Hill
Peter Gruffydd
Paul Christmas
Robert Cole
Helen Kitson
John Pook
D J Thorp
Maggie York
Lorna Lloyd
Brian Louis Pearce


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Peripheral Visions: Images of Nationhood in Contemporary British Fiction by Ed by Ian A Bell
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The Peking Connection by Peter Hain
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The Show-Me State by Lloyd Rees
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Out of Nowhere by Roger Granelli
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All Hallows, Symphony in 3 movements by Tony Conran
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A Form of Words, An autobiography in verse by Peter Hellings
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A Tribute to Peter Hellings, Poems and an Appreciation by
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Leading the Guidebook Astray by Neal Mason
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The Hunters in the Snow by Douglas Houston
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The Buildings of Wales - Glamorgan by John Newman
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Blake by Peter Ackroyd
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Reviewed by Desiree Hirst
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The Art of Piety: The Visual Culture of Welsh Nonconformity by John Harvey
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Reviewed by Ozi Osmond
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Welsh Europeans by John Osmond
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However Introduced to the Soles by Niall Quinn, Nick Marcias & Nic Laight
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Skald, Issues 2 & 3 by Zoe Skoulding
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Edge Territory by Lloyd Robinson
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Here in North Wales by Ed by John Davies & John Pook
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The West of Whitland Poets by Robert Nisbet, Phil Carradice & Jean Gill
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Khasia in Gwalia by Ed by Nigel Jenkins
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Menage a Trois by Paul Groves
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One Night in Icarus Street by Richard Gwyn
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Dusting the Bin by J Brookes
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Diffinio Dwy Lenyddiaeth Cymru by M Wynn Thomas
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Reviewed by Jon Gower
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Along the Line: Poems and memories of the Heart of Wales Line by Ed. by Roger Garfitt
Published by The Community College
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The Shadow of the Mary Celeste by Richard Rees
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The World Winding Home by Ed. by Hugh S Price
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Wales 2006 - Dai Smith

Welsh poetry in translation - Emyr Lewis

Vagina Dentata - Paul Davies

Welsh poetry in translation - Joseph P Clancy

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