Issue 43,

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New Welsh Review 43, Winter 1998


Editorial:


A Welsh policy for arts and culture (Robin Reeves)
Wales is raising its profile. Welsh bands are at the top of the pop charts. The Arts Council of Wales is consulting on "Building a Creative Society". Digital technology is triggering a big expansion in broadcasting from Wales and Welsh events are suddenly making international headlines - most notably Ron Davies's resignation and the intriguing contest over the Labour leadership of the National Assembly.
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Features

More than one error of judgement by Peter Stead
The shock resignation of Ron Davies as Welsh Secretary, and its aftermath.
From investors' prospectus to social realism by Ozi Rhys Osmond
Review of The Visual Culture of Wales:Industrial Society by Peter Lord.
After the pantomime by David Melding
David Melding revisits Eastern Europe to see how it has changed
Idris Davies's middle years by Marian Henry Jones
Fresh insight into the Rhymney poet's life and times is provided by the background to two letters he wrote in 1938 and 1945.
Giants of faith against a secular tide by D. Densil Morgan
Welsh Greats of the Century: religious leaders
A firmament with few stars by Rhys David
Welsh Greats of the Century: business leaders. From 19th century David Davies of Llandinam to Laura Ashley in the 20th Century.
'Women like sibyls' and 'whisps of things' by Teleri Williams
Williams explores the feminine in stories by Dorothy Edwards.
Aliens, frontiers & the identity industry by Gilly Adams
Adams reviews State of Play: 4 Playwrights of Walesedited by Hazel Walford
Fun, feelings and the future by Jeni Williams
Recent theatre in Wales.
Liberations frim the literal by David Ian Rabey
The playwright explains why he writes for the theatre.
Mystery disappearances and big jumps by Topher Mill
Broadcasting notes.

Fiction

A Trick of the Light by Herbert Williams
The Clent Lovers by J.L. Brooke
Journey to Another Country by Sian James
Grab the Day by Carole Morgan Hopkin

Poems

Poems by :
Jean Earle
David L. Brown
Robert Minhinnick
Robert Thomas
Floyd Skloot
Gladys Mary Coles
Robert Cole
Denise McSheehy
Teresa Morgan
Matt Simpson
Jennifer Compton
Lloyd Rees
Vuyelwa Carlin
David Mackenzie
Art Murphy

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.
Arcadia, One Mile by Dannie Abse
Published by Hutchinson
ISBN pb 70pp £6.99
Reviewed by James A Davies
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The Holy Kingdom: The quest for the real King Arthur by Adrian Gilbert, Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett
Published by Bantam Press
ISBN pb 378pp £17.99
Reviewed by Brian Davies
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Jan Morris by Paul Clements
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 111pp £5.99
Reviewed by John Harrison
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The Light in the Gloom: Poems and Prose by Alun Llewelyn-Williams by Trans by Joseph P Clancy
Published by Gee
ISBN pb 210pp £12.00
Reviewed by Katie Gramich
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The Welsh Language before the Industrial Revolution by Ed by Geraint H Jenkins
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN pb 455pp £15.95
Reviewed by Elin Jones
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The David Jones Journal, Vol. 1, No.2 by Ed. by Anne Price-Owen
Published by David Jones Society
ISBN 94pp £7.00
Reviewed by Linda Adams
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Scintilla 1 by Ed. by Ann Cluysennar
Published by Usk Valley Vaughan Association
ISBN 176 £6.95
Reviewed by Linda Adams
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Scintilla 2 by Ed. by Ann Cluysenaar
Published by Usk Valley Vaughan Association
ISBN 176 pp £6.95
Reviewed by Linda Adams
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Interchange 1 by
Published by English Department, Aberystwyth Universityq
ISBN 83pp £4.00
Reviewed by Linda Adams
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Y Llyfr yng Nghymru/ Welsh Book Studies by
Published by Aberystwyth Centre for the Book
ISBN 103pp £7.95
Reviewed by Linda Adams
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Watermill, Life Story of a Welsh Cornmill by David Llewellyn Davies
Published by Ceiriog Press
ISBN hb 192pp £16.00
Reviewed by Gareth H. Williams
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100 Years in the Valley, Y Glyn a fu: a photographic account of the Ceiriog Valley, 1880 to date by Dewi Parry Jones and Robert Owen Jones
Published by Ceiriog Press
ISBN hb 128pp £14.00
Reviewed by Gareth H. Williams
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Morning Light by Lee Harwood
Published by Slow Dancer Press
ISBN pb 72pp £6.99
Reviewed by John Freeman
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Working-Class Fiction from Chartism to Trainspotting by Ian Haywood
Published by Northcote House Publishers
ISBN pb 178pp £9.99
Reviewed by Stephen Knight
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The Man Made of Rain by Brendan Kennelly
Published by Bloodaxe
ISBN pb 94pp £7.95
Reviewed by Herbert Williams
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Garden of Words: A celebration of poetry and prose by Help the Aged
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Reviewed by Herbert Williams
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Jesus and the Adman by Rhidian Brook
Published by Flamingo
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Reviewed by Richard John Evans
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Exiles by Jacinta Bell
Published by Parthian Books
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Reviewed by Richard John Evans
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Jimmywhistlebritches: poems 1966-86 by David George
Published by Clutha Bridge Press
ISBN 49pp £4.00
Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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letter from sissi by Lloyd Robson
Published by Blackhat
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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Old Emulsion Customs by David Greenslade
Published by Y Wasg Israddol
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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mute communion by Patrick Jones
Published by Rev Press
ISBN 30pp £2.00
Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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Variations on a Scene by Carmarthen Writer's Circle
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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Borderlines 21 by Anglo-Welsh Poetry Society
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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Cry of the Curlew by Phyllis M. Jones
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Other Places by Idris Caffrey
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Skin & Bones by Sam Smith
Published by Odyssey
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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