Issue 35,

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New Welsh Review 35, Winter 1996


The Numbers Game (Robert Minhinnick)
Reading over 5,000 poems for the City of Cardiff International Poetry Competition inevitably gives the judges an insight into the state of poetry in English in the UK and abroad. But first things first. Poetry competitions are less about poetry than money. In the case of the Welsh Academy's Cardiff International, now one of the best established and most popular competitions anywhere, a highly worthwhile profit is made annually and fed back into the Academy's events and publications more...


Notes on the novel by Emyr Humphreys
Continuing New Welsh Review's 'The Art of Writing' series, Emyr Humphreys gives his advice on writing a novel.
"Every genuine writer finds his own Wales" by Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones interviews Rhys Davies about the novelist's craft as part of 'The Art of Writing' series.
Holocaust Brunch: some Time in New York City by Robert Minhinnick
In New York at the invitation of poetry magazine Pivot, Robert Minhinnick writes about his experience on the streets of New York and a poetry reading.
Just a nursery ground for English clubs? by Huw Richards
The author ponders upon the consequences for Wales's national game of the arrival of professional rugby union.
The First Shall Be Last or Tony Blair and the Droop Quota by Ken Hopkins and John Cox
The authors put the arguments for and against change in Wales's political culture in the light of the approaching General Election.
Following in the footsteps of Dr Keats by Dannie Abse
Dannie Abse's Rhys Davies Lecture on his famous doctor-poet predecessor.
Phantom of the Foyer by Michael Baker
The Arts Council of Wales Drama Director discusses Stage Welsh, a new book on the development of stage drama in Wales by theatre critic David Adams.
Bloody Poetry and the bloody awful by Jon Gower
A critique of two new productions Coffee and Bloody Poetry from two new companies.
The struggle against orthodoxy by Roger Owen
The author reflects on the Centre for Performance Research's recent 'Past Masters' Conference on Antonin Artaud.
The town that was mad by Paul Davies
Paul Davies explains the thinking behind Volcano Theatre Company's recent production of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood.
Something home-grown worth celebrating by Keith Morris
A report on this year's Welsh International Film Festival.
Putting Wales in the picture by Peter Stead and Ozi Osmond
A review of Words with Pictures and Huw Hughes Arlunydd Gwlad, two new books by art historian Peter Lord.
Resonance of good writing by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes.
Dread and Surplices by Tim Saunders
Final word.


Clarion Boys by Ron Berry
Eggs by Caryl Ward
Lot by Rob Mimpriss
End of the 32B Gang by Mike Jenkins


Poems by :
John Heath-Stubbs
Stephen Knight
Catherine Fisher
Tim Liardet
David Annwn
Nick Drake
Cahal L. Dallat
Nigel Jenkins
Duncan Bush
Stephen Roe
Hilary Llewellyn-Williams
Ann Drysdale
Giles Goodland
John Daniel
Diana Sabot
Margaret Ann Speak
Stephen Duncan
Angela Morton
Phil McKelliget
Julian Colton
Philip Carr
Kenneth C. Steven
Sliz Fincham
Andy Manders


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The Life of the Poem - Ifor Thomas

The Anglo-Welsh literary scene in the 1940s - Ioan Bowen Rees

Wales and Europe - Ross MacKay

Robert Graves, war poet - Norman Schwenk

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