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New Welsh Review 37, Summer 1997


The referendum on a Welsh Assembly (Robin Reeves)
The people of Wales will be invited in a referendum in September to decide whether or not they want a Welsh national assembly. The proposal before them will be a relatively modest constitutional innovation - a 60-member body, partly elected by proportional representation, which will decide the Welsh Office's £7bn. a year spending priorities rather than leaving it to one person, the Secretary of State for Wales, and a plethora of nominated quangos.


Soundbites but no substance by David Cornock
David Cornock looks back on the 1997 General Election campaign.
O sylvan Wye... by John Powell Ward
The author recently mobilised the opposition of writers, artists and musicians to the commercial development of the river Wye. Here he presents some of his evidence to the Hereford public inquiry.
People, places...all the ingredients of Ceridwen's Cauldron by Catherine Fisher
The Art of Writing Part 4: the secrets of writing for children.
'Not a Man of God' by Patrick Thomas
Patrick Thomas explains why not all Welsh Christians have been celebrating the 1,400th Anniversary of St Augustine's landing in Britain.
Archaeology and ideology, or how Wales was robbed of its early history by Brian Davies
Brian Davies excavates the case of Iolo Morganwg and the "Samson" Cross.
Rooted, intrinsic, aboriginal by Judith Maro
A profile of poet Ruth Bidgood.
Beyond the blinkered metropolis by Don Dale-Jones
The author reviews The Fluent Moment, Ruth Bidgood's latest collection.
The past was not silent by Mike Pearson
Performance theorist and archaeologist Mike Pearson reflects on some of the issues raised by the Centre for Performance Research's conference on 'An Archaeology of the Voice'.
Magdalena inspires Aotearoa's Daughters by Jill Greenhalgh
The Artistic Director of The Magdalena Project, discusses her recent visit to New Zealand.
Cardiff Bay and the other lunacies by Jon Gower
A review of recent new productions.
Unstable Identities by Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan in discussion with playwright, Simon Harris, about his latest critically acclaimed hit, Badfinger.
Small Nation, Big Screen by Norman Schwenk
Reporting from Chapter's Welsh Film Festival.
Pedestrian chit-chat and lazy caricature by Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan is not impressed by Twin Town.
Cardiff accents in the 'Milun' by Tôpher Mills
Broadcasting Notes.


King of Wales by Brian Smith
The Broker and His Wife by Helen C. Price
The Man who killed the Welsh short story by Gee Williams
Tich and the Evaluator by Richard John Evans


Poems by :
Emyr Humphreys
Kenneth C. Steven
Bobi Jones
John Freeman
William Greenaway
Ifor Thomas
Denise McSheehy
Christina Davis
Nigel Jarrett
Zona Teti
Spencer Reese
Floyd Skloot
David McCallam
E.M. Schorb
Sam Adams
Frank Dullaghan
Giles Goodland


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Dafydd ap Gwilym [: Apocrypha ]by Helen Fulton
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Reviewed by Jerry Hunter
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays vol. 3/ 1997 by Ed. by Tony Brown
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A White Merc with Fins by James Hawes
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Simeon's Bride by Alison G. Taylor
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Mae'r Gan y Galon: Quakers in Wales Today by
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Augustus John by Michael Holroyd
Published by Chatto & Windus
ISBN pb 715pp £25.00
Reviewed by Jean Henderson
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Augustus John Papers at the National Library of Wales by Ceridwen Lloyd-Jones
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Badlands by Robert Minhinnick
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Them and other stories by Xose Luis Mendez Ferrin
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Edward Thomas, The Last Four Years by Eleanor Farjeon
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Faithless by John L. Williams
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Living and Dining in Medieval Paris by Nicole Crossley-Holland
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The Making of Wales by John Davies
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Wales: The Lie of the Land by Jeremy Moore & Nigel Jenkins
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Reviewed by Merfyn Williams
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Fleapits and Picture Palaces by Beth Thomas
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In the Kingdom of Shadows by Colin Harding & Simon Popple
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Feet in Chains - John Idris Jones

The architect of Portmerion - Judith Maro

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