Issue 55,

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New Welsh Review 55, Spring 2002


Editorial:


A prospect of the sea (Victor Golightly)
I'm standing on the promenade, near the Mumbles, in Swansea, a few hundred yards from my home. After a night of high winds, the waves are running across the path, firmly but without malice, confident of their rights, and pulling away again, leaving a fresh lick of sand. I'm unpacking my worries, and my memories, in cold wellingtons before breakfast. There's a cold comfort in the experience of such indifferent and overwhelming power, and this traditional remedy for muddle and heartbreak is an effective one: the ever-changing colours of the sea and clouds, the curve of the coastline fading into the mist, the solid dependability of the light-house, and ships receding like calmly departing souls, all offer an optimistic vista from Dylan Thomas's Devon-facing shore.read more...

Features

States of fear by Walford Davies
Davies relates his experience of being in America on a teaching trip and the added poignancy of his subject material at the time of the September 11th attacks.
Success against the odds by Grahame Davies
Davies looks at the state of the Welsh language in terms of poetry in Welsh and looks at some of the best Welsh poets under the age of 45.
Screen Cymru by Rhydian Reeves
Davies examines the films of the 2001 Welsh International Film Festival.
Dylan Thomas: the Celebration by Gilbert Bennett and Donna Jones Paananen with photography by Bernard Mitchell
Bennett and Paananen tell of their experiences of the fourth annual Dylan Thomas Celebration.
Cinderella and the Capital of Culture by Rian Evans
Evans examines the recent situation of the Welsh National Opera in light of the commencement of work on their new home, the Wales Millenium Centre.
In Memory of Graham by Maureen Rhys and John Ogwen
Rhys and Ogwen share personal recollections of Graham Laker.
Adrift in the Mainstream by Roger Owen
Owen looks at a selection of Welsh theatre productions from the autumn season.
Private View by Tony Curtis
Curtis examines a selection of autumn's Welsh art exhibitions.
Books I Remember by Rian Evans
Evans looks at the most memorable books from her life.

Fiction

Mrs. Minter by S. A. Afolabi
Avin a Field Day by Mike jenkins
Between the Walls by Matthew Francis
My Friend Ludovic by Guillaume Apollinaire trans. Malcolm Parr

Poems

Poems by :
Allan Crosbie
James Davies
Paul Henry
Floyd Skloot
Ifor Thomas
Anna Wigley

Reviews


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Dylan Thomas by John Goodby and Chris Wigginton, eds.
Published by Palgrave
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Reviewed by Victor N. Paananen
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Arthur Giardelli: Paintings, Constructions, Relief Sculptures by Derek Shiel
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Nations and Relations: Writing Across the British Isles by Tony Brown and Russel Stephens, eds.
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Austerblitz by W. G. Sebald
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Reviewed by Stevie Davies
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Goodbye Twentieth Century by Dannie Abse
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Welsh Journal by Jeremy Hooker
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Footsore on the Frontier: Selected Essays and Articles by Nigel Jenkins
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Hazard's Way by Roger Hubank
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A Human Condition by Rhys Davies
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Outside Paradise by Sian James
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Cardiff Cut by Lloyd Robson
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The Welsh of London by Emrys Jones ed.
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On Angel Mountain: A Pembrokeshire Tale by Brian John
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Frail Flesh by Rob Watson
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Voice From a Correspondent by Ric Hool
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The Mold Tragedy of 1869 by Jenny and Mike Griffiths
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Portrait of North Wales by Michael Senior
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Wilder Wales by Ivor Wynne Jones
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Anglesey Past and Present by Wendy Hughes
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Letters

Lack of support for Welsh writing - Mary Oldham

The greatest British Monarch - John Idris Jones

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