Issue 48,

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New Welsh Review 48, Spring 2000


Representing Wales (Robin Reeves)
In many ways it is strange that the world of modern rugby should be thrown into turmoil by revelations that some of the current Welsh international rugby player's might not be eligible to play for Wales because their grandfathers were born in Oldham and Birmingham rather than Carmarthen and Cardiff. After all, representing Wales in sport, like so much else in Welsh life, is more often a matter of commitment rather than of birth, blood or more...


Epiphany in Ystradgynlais by Ozi Rhys Osmond
Ozi Rhys Osmond on the life, and influence on Welsh art, of Joseph Herman.
A Welsh mining village by Joseph Herman
Influential artist Joseph Herman writes about finding inspiration in the Welsh mining village of Ystradgynlais.
A miner 'on message' by Barbara Prys-Williams
Barbara Prys-Williams reviews the life and writings of miner-writer B.L. Coombes.
Storyteller of the valleys by Sally Robert Jones
Sally Robert Jones assesses Alexander Cordell's contribution to Welsh literature and his place in the Anglo-Welsh 'storyteller' tradition.
'Seperate, different and individual' by Tony Brown
Tony Brown recalls Gwyn Jones, writer and scholar.
From Nonconformity to narcotics by Jon Gower
Jon Gower discusses how a Welsh short story anthology, Mama's Baby (Papa's Maybe), shows how the form has moved on.
Art against the classes by Andrew Hussey
Andrew Hussey on Situationism, Situationists and the 'still burning welsh radicalism' of the Manic Street Preachers.
An interesting sort of blackness. by Lyn Ebenezer
Part of the Millennium Series, Lyn Ebenezer's article uncovers some Welsh villains of the last century.
Remember us in the roads by Walford Davies
Walford Davies reviews a new study of Gerald Manley Hopkins in Wales.
Less is more by Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan reviews three films from Wales, Rancid Aluminium, Human Traffic and Solomon a Gaenor.


Delivery by Catherine Merriman
The Eagle and the Bollard by Brian George
Something In Between by Peter Oram
Walls, Blood Red, Gleaming White Dado by Alex Keegan
The Bit Player by Nigel Jarret


Poems by :
Nigel Wells
Peter Finch
Tony Curtis
Neil Wenborn
Michael Ponsford
Kenneth C. Steven
Sue Moules
J. Brookes
Liz Atkin
Julian Colton
Michael Bedford
Jeremy Hooker
Sam Adams
Fiona Owen
Christopher Jones
Steve Short


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Beowolf by Seamus Heaney
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Other Words: Essays on Poetry and Translation by Joseph P. Clancy
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Renewals: Selected Poems by John Idris Jones
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Eros and Thanatos by Paul Groves
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Late Thoughts in March by John Powell Ward
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Red Landscapes: New and Selected Poems by Mike Jenkins
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Unsafe Sex: New and Selected Poems by Ifor Thomas
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Britain's Dreaming by Gareth Calway
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Wales, A Question For History by Dai Smith
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The Oxford Book of Work by Ed. Keith Thomas
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Work by Ed. Dinah Livingstone
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A year in a Small Country by William Condry, Patrick Dobbs and Christine Evans, ed. Jon Gower, illustrations by Chris Neale
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