Issue 42,

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New Welsh Review 42, Autumn 1998


Editorial:


Welsh writing and writers (Robin Reeves)
In an ideal world, Wales's long and distinctive literary tradition would ensure a large market for the work of Welsh writers. The Welsh public would rush out and buy their latest offerings and ensure writers and publishers a reasonable return for their labours. In practice, writing in Wales is, for the most part, a labour of love: writers in both languages work for a pittance. They live with a very small home market (a population of less than 3m.) and must try and compete for attention in Anglophonia, the biggest, most aggressive, publishing market in the world. As a consequence, much writing of literary worth in Wales, in English as well as Welsh, has become highly dependent upon public funding support, channelled mainly through the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and the Welsh Books Council.read more...

Features

Hush of the chapel by D. Hywel Davies
Davies on a pioneering study of the role of nonconformist chapels in Welsh society.
Myddfai & other myths: a question of continuity by David B. James
James explores the importance of legend as a source of history.
Outstanding native prose of an elective insider by M. Wynn Thomas
A tribute to the writings of Jim Perrin.
Llanfihangel Revisited by Patrick Dobbs
Dobbs explores a community in the uplands of northern Montgomeryshire in the light of a classic study of the area by Alwyn D. Rees in the 30s and 40s.
A Cabinet of the Century by Peter Stead
Welsh Greats of the Century: Politicians
Steve Short's Homecoming by Tony Conran
Conran on 'America' and Homo Sylvestris.
States of being by Penny Simpson
Simpson discusses the background to the forthcoming "Wales in Croatia" festival.
Development and innovation: the other sides to theatre by Jeni Williams
Williams on recent theatre events and projects.
'Within a sense of place, there lurks a sense of prejudice' by Charmian Savill
Savill reports on Performance, Places and Pasts, the Centre for Performance Research's seventh Points of Contact Conference.
Communication, connection & conflict by Paul Singer
The art of radio dramatist Rhys Adrian.
A tale of two audiences by Peter Edwards
Edwards discusses the difference between film and TV arising from his experience of making Bride of War.
When the telly goes Phut! by Topher Mills
Broadcasting notes.

Fiction

Stories of Jesus by Janet Dube
Arctic Fractal by Jim Perrin
A String of Beads by Caryl Ward
Bus to Malpas by Alex Keegan
Someone Out there by Alun Richards

Poems

Poems by :
Joseph P. Clancy
Catherine Fisher
Annemarie Austin
Sam Adams
David Hart
Fiona Owen
Ann Thompson
Elisa Pulido
Steve Short
John Freeman
Mike Jenkins
Paul Groves
Paul Henry
Caroline Gourlay
Lucien Jenkins
Vuyelwa Carlin
Lance Larson
Liz Atkin

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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bookshop, by simply clicking on the 'buy now' icon. For any that
are unavailable, please contact the publishers or ask in your local
bookshop. All details were correct at the time of publication.
Print of a Hare's Foot by Rhys Davies
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 208pp £6.95
Reviewed by Barbara Prys-Williams
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The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies vol.III by Ed. Meic Stephens
Published by Gomer
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Reviewed by Barbara Prys-Williams
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The Gift of a Daughter by Emyr Humphreys
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Reviewed by Tony Brown
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Collected Stories by Gwyn Jones
Published by University of Wales Press
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Reviewed by Sian Hughes
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Of Sons and Stars by Catherine Merriman
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Reviewed by Jon Gower
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The Ugliest House in the World by Peter Ho Davies
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Enertaining Sally Ann by Robert Nisbet
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Ambush by Nigel Jenkins
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Skywalls by Clyde Holmes
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Cohabitation by Kate Bingham
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The Red Wardrobe by Sarah Corbett
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Looking Through Time by Herbert Williams
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Reviewed by Mercer Simpson
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The Light is of Love, I think by John Freeman
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Up The Lamb by John Ackerman
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Sea of Broken Dreams by Brian Davies
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature by Donna R. White
Published by Greenwood Press
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Reviewed by Catherine Fisher
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The Deregulated Muse by Sean O'Brien
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Reviewed by Nicholas Murray
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The Chalice by Phil Rickman
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The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman
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Anger's Violin by David M Thomas
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Fitted In: The Cardiff 3 and the Lynette White Inquiry by Satish Sekar
Published by The Fitted in Project
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Reviewed by Peter Morgan
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Romilly's Visits to Wales:1827-1854 by Ed. M.G.R. Morris
Published by Gomer Press
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Reviewed by Dewi Roberts
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Revd. John Parker's Tour of Wales and its Churches by Edgar W. Parry
Published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
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A Country of Memorable Honour by Thomas Firbank
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The Son of Prophecy: Henry Tudor's Road to Bosworth by David Rees
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Letters

Appeal of Under Milk Wood is Universal - Eurwen Price

Bring back footnotes! - Sheenagh Pugh

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