Issue 45,

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New Welsh Review 45, Summer 1999


Editorial:


New Wales (Robin Reeves)
It is very early to be drawing conclusions about the significance of the political earthquake which shook Wales on May 6, in the first elections to Wales's National Assembly, and which was re-affirmed in the European Parliament elections on June 10. However, it is the duty of contemporary journals to try, and in the current issue, historian Peter Stead has bravely sought (see p. 11) to put the seismic change in the political scene, into a wider context.read more...

Features

Labour's chickens come home to roost by Peter Stead
Peter Stead discusses the crisis in the Labour Party in Wales and the current 'quiet earthquake' occurring in Welsh politics.
"Dim enaid coll na Sais" ("Neither lost soul nor Saxon") by Jim Perrin
A tribute to Ioan Bowen Rees - poet, essayist and mountaineer.
Living the day-dream by John Harrison
The author reflects on his first 6 months as a full-time writer.
Inspiration v. Writer's Block by Penny Simpson
An Arts Council of Wales travel Bursary enabled Penny Simpson to travel to Berlin to research a forthcoming novel.
Waiting for No Man: Lady Rhondda and Time and Tide. by Deirdre Beddoe
Dierdre Beddoe pays homage to "Britain's leading feminist between the wars", Margaret Haig Thomas, Viscountess of Rhondda.
Nation, Class, Commitment by Huw Richards
Welsh Greats of the Century: Huw Richards on the respective merits of the century's sporting heroes.
A Welsh poet's war by Don Dale-Jones
Welsh poet T H Jones's life during WW2 is traced in Part 11 of the 'War in Words' series.
At the going down of the sun... by Ifor Thomas
Ifor Thomas reviews a new book about Wales's war memorials.
In a strange land by Richard Poole
A discussion of the brilliance of Glyn Jones's novel The Island of Apples.
Welshmen who changed the course of history by Phil Williams
Welsh Greats of the Century: a celebration of Wales's 20th century, world-class scientists.
Drama and imagination in the new Wales by Jeni Williams
A report on the current state of theatre in Wales.
An optic to examine experience by Mike Pearson, Lisa Lewis and Roger Owen
The authors explore the thinking behind U W Aberystwyth's new degree in Performance Studies.
Killing Kangaroos by Roger Williams
Playwright Roger Williams discusses the experience of writing his new stage play in New South Wales, and of being one of the playwrights featured at this year's Australian National Playwrights' Conference.
Two dramatists confirm their class by Charmian Savill
Charmian Savill champions the plays of Greg Cullen and Dic Edwards.
Reality versus television by Topher Mills
Broadcasting notes.

Fiction

For Art's Sake by Brian Smith
Odyssey by Anna Wigley
Changing the script by Mike Jenkins
Sunset by Paul Bhogal

Poems

Poems by :
Topher Mills
Elizabeth Kay
Linda Chase
Jan Jenkins
Michael Hatwell
Gavin Bantock
Jem Poster
Martin Downes
Abi Hughes-Edwards
Bill James
Robert Hamberger
Victoria Pugh
Frances Sackett
Pete Morgan
Billy Watt
Paul Groves

Reviews


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The Old and the Young by Margiad Evans
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Margiad Evans by Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
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Sidereal Time by Christopher Meredith
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, vol. 5/1999 by Edited by Tony Brown
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Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub by John Williams
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A View Across the Valley: Short Stories by Women from Wales c. 1850-1950 by Ed. Jane Aaron
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The Mayor of Aln by James Rourke
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Selected Poems by Robert Minhinnick
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Five Fields by Gillian Clarke
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Theatre of Flowers by Tony Conran
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Eros Proposes a Toast: collected public poems and gifts by Tony Conran
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Visions and Praying Mantids by Tony Conran
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One Moonlight Night/Un Nos Ola Leuad by Caradog Prichard
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The Hunt & Other Poems by John Kinsella
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Poems 1980-1994 by John Kinsella
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Resurrection's Children by A M Allchin
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God's Presence makes the World:The Celtic Vision through the Centuries of Wales by A M Allchin
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Valleys of Song, Music and Society in Wales 1840-1914 by Gareth Williams
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My Kingdom of Books by Richard Booth
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Dylan Thomas's Wales by Hilary Laurie
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Dylan Thomas's Wales by Hilary Laurie
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