Issue 5,

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New Welsh Review 5, Summer 1989


There is no editorial in this issue (Belinda Humfrey)


The Art of the Detective Novel by P D James
The celebrated crime novelist on why she chose to write crime fiction, how she does it and the timeless appeal that crime has for readers.
Looking for Clues: Crime and the Critics by Ian Bell
Ian Bell explores whether crime fiction can be considered 'literature'.
A Case for Crime by H R F Keating
The author explains the attraction of crime fiction.
A Talent for Murder by June Thomson
June Thomson takes a look at why British authors are the best crime writers.
Crime Writing, American Style by Philip Plowden
Citing Chandler as the grandfather of American crime writing, Philip Plowden looks at how the genre has developed in the US and what makes American crime writing different to British crime fiction.
Seizing the Crime: Recent Women's Crime Fiction by Lyn Pykett
Lyn Pykett looks at the feminisation of crime fiction since the sixties, finding that the genre provides the opportunity to explore women's power and powerlessness.
Interview with Elaine Morgan by Nicola Davies
The playwright and documentary writer discusses her time at Oxford, why she has never written a novel and the art of documentary writing.
Conversations with John Ormond by Richard Poole
John Ormond discusses his first solo collection of poetry, Requiem and Celebration, his career as a documentary film-maker and the interface between religion and science.
In Two Manners: Exhibitions of David Jones by Jonathan Miles
A review of two important exhibitions of David Jones work.
Fragments of an Attempted Painting by Anne Price-Owen
Anne Price-Owen examines the visual imagery in David Jones's poem The Anathemata.
David Jones and the Right-Wing by Jonathan Miles
The author offers some clarification of the links between David Jones's intellectual, philosophical and religious beliefs and the political tensions of the inter-war period.
Eric Gill: A Cell of Good Living? by Jonah Jones
The author describes his visit to the Eric Gill Workshops in Pigotts, Buckinghamshire.
Letter from America by David Lloyd
David Lloyd on the 'James Joyce Wars'.
On Plays and Playwrights by David Adams
In their twentieth birthday year, David Adams reflects on the history of Wales's oldest established theatre company, Moving Being.


Members of the Jury by Lesley Grant-Adamson
Dying Happy by Ruth Rendell
Rooms with Miss Jones by Jean Earle


Poems by :
Jon Treitl
John Barnie
John Ormond
Sheenagh Pugh
Jeremy Reed
David Horner
Raymond Garlick
Steve Griffiths
Richard Poole
Pete Morgan
Lindsey Campbell
Simon Lapington


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The Paintings of David Jones by Nicolette Gray
Published by John Taylor/Lund Humphreys
ISBN 184pp £37.50
Reviewed by Ian Jeffrey
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A Renaissance Humanist: John Heath-Stubbs, Collected Poems 1943-1987 by
Published by Carcanet
ISBN 628pp £25.00
Reviewed by John Bayley
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White Coat, Purple Coat: Collected Poems 1948-1988 by Dannie Abse
Published by Hutchinson
ISBN pb 274pp £8.95
Reviewed by Roderick Young
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Nothing to Pay by Caradoc Evans
Published by Carcanet
ISBN pb 237pp £12.95
Reviewed by M Wynn Thomas
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Erundugen: 28 Walisische Erzahler by Ed by Hans Petersen
Published by Verlag Volk und Welt
ISBN 405pp £
Reviewed by Winifred Davies
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Very Heaven: Looking Back at the 1960s by Ed by Sara Maitland
Published by Virago
ISBN pb 227pp £4.95
Reviewed by Lyn Pykett
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The Girl from Cardigan by Leslie Norris
Published by Seren
ISBN pb 202pp £4.95
Reviewed by Belinda Humfrey
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