Issue 34,

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New Welsh Review 34, Autumn 1996


Living with the English (Robin Reeves)
"Does it matter that Fred Inglis's biography of Raymond Williams often seems to get things wrong when it talks about Wales?" Ned Thomas asks at the beginning of his review of that book in the current issue (p 84). It is certainly true that part of the Welsh cultural condition as we approach the end of the 20th century is that Welsh issues and concerns are for the most part either ignored by most English metropolitan commentators, be they writers or journalists, or emerge through a filter of ignorance, amusement and contempt. They may be our next-door neighbours, but they don't seem to like us very much. Things are said about the Welsh, which if they were applied to any other ethnic group would be condemned as breaches of race relations legislation.


'Word-of-mouth cultures cease in cemetries' by John Pikoulis
John Pikoulis profiles Ron Berry and his first novel in 26 years, the remarkable This Bygone.
Celtophobia: An Arnold to the rescue? by Hywel Teifi Edwards
The author warns us against praying for a latter-day Matthew Arnold to deliver us (the Welsh) from the recent wave of virulent attacks by English gadflies.
The follies and grandeurs of economic nationalism by David Gow and John Osmond
A response to Denzil Davies MP's scornful attack in NWR 33 on the "chattering classes of Dinas Powys" for their support of a single European currency and the idea of Wales in Europe.
1944-50: Dock Leaves and Nettles by Raymond Garlick
The teacher, writer and poet recalls the Anglo-Welsh literary scene in the immediate post-war period.
The Life of the Poem by Tony Curtis
Poetry writing is the focus of this edition's 'Art of Writing' feature.
Tidefields, Autism and Endoscope by Jon Gower
The author investigates the 'performance montage' community theatre of Firenza Guidi's ELAN company.
Outsider Vision by Peter Morgan
Jeff Teare, the new artistic director of Made in Wales, talks to Peter Morgan. They discuss Jeff Teare's move from London, new writing and a National Theatre for Wales.
Theatre and Identity by Lizzie Eldridge
A review of Made in Wales's new productions and Eddie Ladd's narrative Once Upon a Time in the West.
Lottery fires Welsh film ambitions by Dave Berry
Dave Berry discusses how a recent funding injection into the Welsh film industry is enabling a new wave of Welsh film-making.
Dark Hearts and Long Walks by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes.
Paix de Gaules by Tim Alexander
Last word.


Manifesto by Euron Griffith
Election Fever by Meic Stephens
The Sea is So Full by Robin Llwelyn
Shaky by Brian George
The Kitchen Friends by John Ackerman


Poems by :
Andy Manders
John Davies
Nigel Jenkins
Janet Dube
Neal Mason
Mary Kennan Herbert
Fiona Owen
Gary Ley
Laurie Calhoun


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The Best of Welsh Poetry by Read by Sian Phillips, Angharad Rees, Glyn Houston, Richard Mitchley
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Raymond Williams by Fred Inglis
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Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, Volume 2, 1996 by Ed. by Tony Brown
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The Literature of Wales by Dafydd Johnston
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Welsh Literature and the Classical Tradition by Ceri Davies
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Tree of Crows by Lewis Davies
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We Think the World of Him by Adrian Mourby
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Children of Rebecca by Vivien Annis Bailey
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Pubic by Ifor Thomas
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Blood on the Page by Labi Siffre
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Captive Audience by Paul Henry
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Arthur Machen by Mark Valentine
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Leaving Eden by Nadia Aisenberg
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The Asking Poet by Trefor Edwards
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In Retrospect by James Gillespie
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Words Fresh Caught in a Net by Claire Russell
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Flambard New Poets 2 by Linda Anderson, Gene Groves, Gavin D Smith, Fiona Wilson
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Sestet by Julia Casterton, Tobias Hill, Joan Jobe Smith, Huw Watkins, Howard Wright, Alicia Yerburgh
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Inheritance by Robert Cole
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Not Singing Exactly: Collected Stories by Sian James
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Modern Irish Poetry, An Anthology by Ed. by Patrick Crotty
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Wales, Europe and the global market - Mansel J. Lalis

Arts Council Book of the Year 1996 - Jonah Jones

Arts Council Book of the Year 1996 - Lewis Davies

Arts Council Book of the Year 1996 - Toni Bianchi

Zaha Hadid's Opera House - Ron Berry

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