Issue 44,

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New Welsh Review 44, Spring 1999


Less a National Assembly, more a Glamorgan C.C. on stilts (Robin Reeves)
In the eighteen months since the Welsh electorate delivered that wafer-thin majority of 6,721 in favour of establishing a Welsh Assembly in a poll of over 1.1m. votes, the sound of the middle classes in Wales scrambling to board the devolution bandwagon has been palpable.
The looming question now is whether that simple faith shown by ordinary people at large in the value of acquiring a National Assembly is going to be rewarded.


Please, will the real Welsh men stand up? by Jonathan Scourfield
A discussion on the need to accept new masculinities in the new Wales.
Alfred Janes: maker of pictures by Ceri Thomas
A tribute to the last of Swansea's "Kardomah Boys".
Songs in the key of collaboration by Nigel Jenkins
A review of What's Welsh for Zen?, the autobiography of one of rock's greatest musical originators, John Cale.
Yes, we are a musical nation but... by Trevor Herbert
Welsh Greats of the Century: a discussion of Wales's leading composers and musicians.
Iris Murdoch: Plotter & Platonist by Anna Wigley
An article on the distinguished novelist and philosopher.
Yanks Upstairs by Keith Nurse
War in Words: a recollection of young GIs in wartime Wales.
The unwooded scarp of Epynt by Jim Perrin
A review of An Uprooted Community: A History of Epynt by Herbert Hughes
Reflections on the poetry of war by Freda Ackroyd
Reality and the dream in the recent poetry of R S Thomas by J Christopher Morgan
J Christopher Morgan discusses R S Thomas's relentless pursuit of reality and dream in his poetry.
Brewing Bards by Penny Simpson
A report on a former Cardiff city centre jazz bar that now plays host to a new generation of Welsh playwrights.
Brecht and Einstein:intellect v. emotions by Graham Laker
Graham Laker reviews the Centre for Performance Research's recent conference on two 20th-century masters of dramatic art.
Intercourse with Ghosts? by jeni Williams
A review of recent theatrical productions in Wales.
Theatre as Exorcism by Hazel Walford Davies
An interview with writer and theatre director, Ian Rowlands.
From Cool Chat to Hot Air by Topher Mills
Broadcasting Notes


How to Measure the Valley by Lloyd Rees
An April Story by Robert Nisbet
Saint David by Dan Anthony


Poems by :
Anne Grimes
Peter Gruffydd
Richard Poole
Charles Bennett
Islwyn Jenkins
Ann Egan
Liz Fincham
Owen Gallagher
Allan Crosbie
John Davies


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Collected Poems by Emyr Humphreys
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A guide to Welsh Literature, c.1900-1996 by Dafydd Johnston
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Shadow of the Sickle by Islwyn Ffowc Elis
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Heart and Soul: The Character of Welsh Rugby by Edited by Huw Richards, Peter Stead & Gareth Williams
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Power: An Anthology of short stories by women from Wales by Ed. Elin Ap Hywel
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Illuminations: an anthology of Welsh short prose by Selected by Meic Stephens
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Last Light Breaking by Patrick Corcoran
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Taking Ronnie to the Pictures by Gary Ley
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Music You Don't Normally Hear by Alan Perry
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Midway by Duncan Bush
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The Milk Thief by Paul Henry
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The English: A Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman
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The Folklore of (old) Monmouthshire by Roy Palmer
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The Wasting Game by Philip Gross
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Razorblades:selected stories from "Raw Nerve" magazine by Edited by Darren Floyd
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