Issue 53,

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New Welsh Review 53, Summer 2001


A Difficult Time (Tony Brown)
Regular readers of New Welsh Review will be surprised to see an editorial that does not appear over the initials "R.R.", the initials of Robin Reeves who has been our editor for the last ten years. The news of Robin's serious illness, revealed following tests at the end of April, has been a dreadful blow to those of us who have worked with him on NWR over the years and our thoughts have been with Robin and his family over the weeks as he has been undergoing further tests and, now, more...


A class of her own by Barbara Prys-Williams
Barbara Prys-Williams meditates on the work of Stevie Davies and her return to Swansea.
Philip Pullman and the Republic of Heaven by Richard Poole
Richard Poole examines Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy.
This is not contentment by Ted Parry
Ted Parry analyses the voters' verdict and finds a mix of fear and anger at the re-election fo Tony Blair.
My Father, the Sun by John Harrison
John Harrison tells of his travels in Bolivia.
Interesting, but rather safe by Paul Frame
Paul Frame gives his reactions to 'Cambria's Curse - Images of the Bard 1750-1850' at the National Museum of Wales.
Word music by Rian Evans
Rian Evans examines the outcome and events of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Five old men on a Beach by Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis looks at recent exhibitions of the works of artists;
Will Roberts
John Selway
Terry Setch
Nicholas Evans
and Gwilym Pritchard.
Chapter and Verse by
A collection of short news items including:
Two Views of Hay,
Summer Reading,
R. S. Thomas research material on the net,
Rogers and Hart,,,
James Hanley: A Symposium,
Honno: Sex Appeal,
New Welsh Review Authors Republished.
Books I Remember by Peter Finch
Peter Finch looks back at books which have been important in his life.
By THe Forelock by Gwyn Jones
Gwyn Jones on 'Wales, The Divided Country' from 'The Welsh Review', March 1944.


A Short and Troubled History of One's Life and Times by Alun Richards
The Elephant at Tregaron by Mary-Ann Constantine
Touch and Go by Gwyneth Hughes
What are dunes for? by Ann Oosthuizen


Poems by :
Merryn Williams,
Richard George,
Stephanie Halse,
Patrick Gilmore,
Liz Atkin,
Pat Hollingberry,
Patricia M. Virgin,
Sue Moules,
Teleri Williams,
Ruth Bidgood,
John Powell Ward,
Kenneth C. Steven,
John Barnie,
Paul Groves
Paul Henry


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.
Cusan Dyn Dall / Blind Man's Kiss by Menna Elfyn
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Reviewed by M. Wynn Thomas
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The Element of Water by Stevie Davies
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Reviewed by Stevie Krayer
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Collected Short Stories by Roland Mathias
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Reviewed by Jon Gower
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Imagining Wales: A View of Modern Welsh Writing in English by Jeremy Hooker
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Reviewed by John Powell Ward
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'Lets Do Our Best for the Ancient Tongue': The Welsh Language in the Twentieth Century by Geraint H. Jenkins and Maria A. Williams (eds.)
Published by University of Wales Press
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Language Revitalization: Policy and Planning in Wales by Colin H. Williams (ed.)
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Collected Poems by Vernon Watkins
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The Pier Glass by Nia Williams
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The Tower by Sheila McDermid
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The Male Image: Representations of Masculinity in Postwar Poetry by Ian Gregson
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Dylan Thomas: An Original Language by Barbara Hardy
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Magpie: New Writing by
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Nine Green Gardens by Gillian Clarke
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The Welsh Book of the Dead by Douglas Houston
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Bastard Englyns by Greg Hill
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Multiverse by Don Rodgers
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Dandelion Time by Jeff Rees, Illustr. Rachel Verity
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Swansea Poems by Lloyd Rees
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Encounters by Dannie Abse
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Collected Poems by Brian Morris
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Wild Blue by Frances Williams
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Secret Villages by Rennie Parker
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A Ram in the Well by June Knox-Mawer
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In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl by Rachel Trezise
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Dylan Thomas and Laugharne - John Idris Jones

In Memoriam: Geoff Gillham - Jeni Williams

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