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New Welsh Review 40, Spring 1998


The market for Wales's literature (Robin Reeves)
The unforgiving demands of the market are of concern to everyone involved in the business of literature, particularly here in Wales where attracting a good audience for home-produced literary endeavour has to be fought for; usually in fierce competition with the Anglo-American publishing combines which have now replaced more traditional obstacles and more...


Welsh Greats of the Century: Poets by Katie Gramich
The first article in a new series, Katie Gramich debates the relative merits of Wales's top English-language poets this century.
R.S. Thomases: 'composer of the first radio-active verses' by John Pikoulis
Review of R.S. Thomas's Autobiographies.
Poems that pass all understanding by Sheenagh Pugh
Pugh's commentary reveals that she finds an absence of meaning in much modern poetry.
Forty years of stubbornness by Peter Stead
Peter Stead reviews Gwynfor Evans's memoirs For the Sake of Wales
Trouble in Chatwin country by Nicholas Murray
Chatwin's biographer charts the literary assassination of a writer with a one-time legendary reputation.
Cardiff International Poetry - the winners by Matthew Sweeney
The adjudication of the Welsh Academy's Cardiff International Poetry Competition 1997.
Writer for a Lit-up People? by J. Roy Birch
J. Roy Birch explores the novels about Wales of writer James Hanley, who lived in Montgomeryshire for 30 years.
'The heart is a terrible prison' by Tony Brown
Tony Brown reviews a new edition of James Hanley's short stories.
Healthy frictions of Past v. Future by Charmian Savill
Savill's review of the acting and performance environment in mid-Wales.
Rich diversity masks the sense of crisis by Roger Owen
Roger Owen reviews critical study of theatre in Wales, Staging Wales: Welsh Theatre 1979-97.
The problems - and pleasures - of entertainment by Jeni Williams
Review of recent theatre productions.
Wizards of Oz by Jon Gower
Jon Gower reports from Perth, Western Australia, on the reception given to Fiction Factory's tour of House of America.
Death, God and bloody coal by Topher Mills
A round up of TV and radio.


Who belonged just long enough ago by Ron Berry
Work - and it by E.M. Macdonald
Dewi by Anna Young


Poems by :
Basil Griffiths
Nigel Jenkins
Ben Rice
Sheenagh Pugh
Anthony Dunn
Linda Rogers
Terry Sweetman
Phillip Ross
Glenda Beagan
Stuart Henson
Charles Bennett
Diana Sabot
Ross Cogan
Ann Atkinson
Cate Spajohn
Alison Pritzler-Rose
Tony Bryan
Ruth Bidgood
Janet Dube
Norman Schwenk
Ken Jones
Peter Finch


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John Ormond's attachments - Glenys Ormond Thomas

Response to article in issue 39 about John Ormond - Gilbert Bennett

Do not go lightly - Linden Peach

Home for a Welsh Assembly - Robert W. Warne

Creative Writing Course - Dewi Roberts

Kinnock biography - Mr Martin Westlake

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