Issue 41,

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New Welsh Review 41, Summer 1998


Editorial:


"Re-branding" Wales (Robin Reeves)
Devolution and the creation of Wales's first National Assembly since Owain Glyndwr is giving rise to sudden concern about Wales's image in the world, Ron Davies, the Secretary of State for Wales, has talked of the need to "re-brand" Wales. The Institute of Welsh Affairs has just produced a pamphlet on The Welsh Image by John Smith MP for the Vale of Glamorgan (Gregynog Paper No 4. IWA £7.50) A group of companies has published a brochure, Wales: the Time is Now, to provide guidance to companies on how to present Wales to the world in the best possible light. Peter Hain, Minister of State at the Welsh Office, has been so brave - some would say foolhardy - as to suggest that Wales consider exchanging one of its longest-standing national symbol, the Red Dragon, for something more modern.
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Features

Saunders in Afallon by Gareth Miles
A modern fable by Gareth Miles.
Ancienne Cuisine or 'Let them eat Welsh cakes!' by Hawys Pritchard
A discussion of the literature of 'traditional' Welsh food.
'Cur dwbl [y galon' (The double beat of the heart)] by Francesca Rhydderch
Profile of bilingual poet Gwyneth Lewis.
From rough shores to Space Shuttle by Peter Gruffydd
Gruffydd reviews Gwyneth Lewis's latest collection of poemsZero Gravity.
The Hen Benillion and Glyn Jones by Tony Conran
Conran explains the background to posthumous volume of translations A People's Poetry: Hen Benillion.
Pugh, What a Scorcher! by John Goodby
John Goodby responds to Sheenagh Pugh's criticism of 'difficult' contemporary poetry in NWR vol. 40.
Llathyard: word on the street by Penny Simpson & Peter Finch
A Cardiff words and images exhibition with a difference.
Welsh Greats of the Century:Buildings & Architects by Ifor Thomas
A look at the relative merits of this century's landmark buildings and their architects.
'Condem'd to wither on a foreign strand' by Moira Dearnley
The 1833-34 poems of Ann of Swansea.
Nineties arts-speak is not enough by Graham Laker
Laker reflects on two very different accounts of the future of theatre in the next millenium.
'A Gymnasium for underused imaginations' by Jeni Willams
Review of recent theatre productions in Wales.
Seeing the possibilities; the dramatist as teacher by Hazel Walford Davies
An interview with Alan Osborne.
Welsh Writing in English finds Stamina by Patrick Crotty
A discussion of New Welsh Review's Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, Vol. 4.
American Money, Whole Lotta Sparks by Topher Mills
Broadcasting round-up.

Fiction

The Day Trippers by Richard John Evans
Teeth by Jon Gower
Tuning Up by Simon Howells
Trapped Thoughts by Rhodri Clark
Gifts by Idwal Walters

Poems

Poems by :
Topher Mills
Penny Windsor
Deryn Rees-Jones
John Powell Ward
William Greenaway
Olivia Byard
Peter Finch
John Barnie
Davena Hooson
Jane Glencross
Greg Hill
Anna Wigley
Lloyd Rees
David Winwood
J. Brookes
Lynne Rees
Alan Dixon
Peter Barry
Ann of Swansea

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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History is What You Live by Ron Berry
Published by Gomer Press
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Reviewed by Alun Richards
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Wanting to Belong by Mike Jenkins
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Reviewed by Richard John Evans
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Writing the Wind: A Celtic Resurgence. The New Celtic Poetry by Thomas Rain Crowe with Gwendal Denez and Tom Hubbard
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Collected Poems by Gillian Clarke
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Reviewed by Katie Gramich
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Trying the Line: A Volume of Tribute to Gillian Clarke by Ed. Menna Elfyn
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A Welsh House and its Family, The Vaughans of Trawsgoed by Gerald Morgan
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Travels in an Old Tongue - Touring the World Speaking Welsh by Pamela Petro
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Night Horizons by Gerard Casey
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Of Sawn Grain by Ed. Anne Cluysenaar
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Tilt by Hartill, Hool, Jones
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Dreaming Nightly of Dragons by Dylan Jones
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Women come to a Death by Dilys Wood
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Circling Sound by Anne Lewis-Smith
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The Laugharne Poets by Thomas Rain Crowe
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Overhearing the Incoherent by Michael Mcnamara
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Reviewed by Ifor Thomas
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Dangerous Diversity: the changing faces of Wales by Ed. Katie Gramich and Andrew Hiscock
Published by University of Wales Press
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The Eros Hunter by Russell Celyn Jones
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Queen of the Rushes by Allen Raine
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The Story of My Disappearance by Paul Watkins
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The Skiffle Craze by Mike Dewe
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The Land of Old Renown: George Borrow in Wales by Dewi Roberts
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A Tour in Wales by Thomas Pennant
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In Search of Owain Glyndwr by Chris Barber
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Freeways by Lewis Davies
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Kirstie's Witnesses by Sheenagh Pugh
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Letters

Poems that pass all understanding - Victoria Field

Positive response to Sheenagh Pugh's article, 'Poems that pass all understanding'. - Jim Pritchard-Lowe

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