Issue 36,

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New Welsh Review 36, Spring 1997


Editorial:


Welsh versus English (Robin Reeves)
For anybody old enough to remember Wales in the 1950s or earlier, the transformation in the status of the Welsh language in the life of Wales over the past 30 years is nothing short of astonishing. Three decades ago, Welsh was to be heard spoken on the streets of north and west Wales, in chapels, and on the occasional late night regional radio or TV programme. But it was generally treated as a hang-over from yesterday's Wales, which in due course would disappear. English was the language of modern life and of the future. Those who chose to pass on their cultural inheritance by bringing up their children Welsh-speaking were liable to be accused of holding their children back, of placing them at a disadvantage. Material prosperity and abandoning Welsh for English was regarded by many as going hand in hand.read more...

Features

Resolute Crossings: Leslie Norris and exile by James A. Davies
A critique of Collected Poems and Collected Stories by Leslie Norris.
A poet of industry and difficulty by Jon Gower
Jon Gower profiles Menna Elfyn and her new bilingual collection, Cell Angel.
Passionate perfectionist by Nest Cleverdon
Nest Cleverdon recalls old friend David Jones at the re-launch of the David Jones Society.
The short story - some essentials by Graham Allen
Part of our Art of Writing Series, Graham Allen explains the secrets of good short story writing.
Postponing Death: Sport and Literature in Wales by Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams explores how sport and literature are intertwined in Wales's literary history.
Eggmen and Zeros: Christopher Meredith's Shifts by Richard Poole
Richard Poole investigates a Valleys novel which explores the theme of disruption in two interlocking social realms - work and marriage.
Big changes in funding are inevitable by Nic Ros
Nic Ros explores the future of Arts Council grant-aid to theatre in Wales.
Values of 'radical' theatre criticism by J.M. Williams
The author takes critic Caitlin O'Reilly to task for her 'cavalier dismissal' of Volcano's Vagina Dentata.
Wolves, Socialists and other past things by Jon Gower
Jon Gower rounds up the latest theatre productions in Wales.
Points of reaction by Hazel Walford Davies
An interview with Welsh language playwright, Gareth Miles.
Shrangi-Las in borderland by Nigel Jenkins
Broadcasting notes.

Fiction

Strawberry Cream by Sian James
Money Scoop by Roger Granelli
Going Home by Herbert Williams
Waiting for Caradog by John Sims

Poems

Poems by :
R. George Thomas
Leslie Norris
Menna Elfyn
Annemarie Austin
Roy Ashwell
Peter Gruffydd
Brian Smith
Deborah Chivers
Jacqueline Lucas
Marianne Jones
Mercer Simpson
Priscilla Frake
Paul Henry
Hilary Llewellyn-Williams
John Allison
Huw Jones
David George
Travis Troy

Reviews


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Furious Interiors: Wales, R.S. Thomas and God by Justin Wintle
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R.S. Thomas: Conceding an Absence by Elaine Shepherd
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Genesis by John Powell Ward
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Writers in a Landscape by Jeremy Hooker
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No Hiding Places: Essays on the New Nature and Poetry by John Barnie
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From Empty Harbour to White Ocean by Robin Llywelyn
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How Poets Work by Ed. by Tony Curtis
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Burning the Bracken: Fifteen years of poetry from Seren by Ed. by Amy Wack
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New Relations: The refashioning of British poetry 1980-94 by David Kennedy
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With Chatwin by Susannah Clapp
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Anatomy of Restlessness: Bruce Chatwin memoirs, notebook and other pieces by Ed. by Jan Borm & Matthew Graves
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A Welsh Pagliacci by Gene Hillstrom
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Cliff Morgan, The Autobiography by Cliff Morgan
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Code Breaker by Jonathan Davies
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A Barrel of Stones by Peter Morgan
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Letters

The Life of the Spoken Poem - Peter Gruffydd

Traed Mewn Cyffion - Idwal Walters

Stage Welsh - David Adams

Porth Cwyfan - Nigel Jenkins

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