Issue 57,

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New Welsh Review 57, Summer 2002


Editorial:


Shapes of Wales (Francesca Rhydderch)
As New Welsh Review was about to go to press, the National Eisteddfod was still in full swing. Sitting over proofs of this, my first issue, I couldn't help pondering the apparent fragility of the Welsh literary scene in English, compared with her seemingly far stronger Welsh-language sister. Isn't it ironic, I thought, that the prose-writers and poets who write in Welsh - a language which is still seriously embattled, after all - seem to be freer to experiment with different contemporary forms than Welsh writers who write in English? Two of this year's Eisteddfod winners did just that: Welsh-language poets are still arguing about the merits of the experimental poem by Aled Jones Williams which won him the Crown, while Hywel Teifi Edwards, one of the judges of the Prose Medal, declared himself delighted that the winning entry, by Angharad Price, had dared to engage with such a traditionally literal genre, autobiography, in such a fresh, contemporary and fictive way. Common to the work of both writers is a successful appropriation of essentially non-indigenous genres or literary techniques into a contemporary Welsh tradition.read more...

Features

'Isn't that how life is for you?' by Sarah Broughton
Sarah Broughton talks to award-winning novelist Sarah Waters.
Related Twilights by Josef Herman
An extract from the book of the same name, which offers a new generation of readers the opportunity to appreciate the importance of Josef Herman to the arts of his adopted country.
'Is it a competition?' by Paul Ferris
A reflection on the experience of judging the Welsh Book of the Year Award 2002.
Before The Deluge by Peter Finch
Peter Finch on John Briggs' photographs of Cardiff's dockland communities in the Seventies.
Castles and All Hallows: The first two symphonies of The Welsh Commoedia by Tony Conran
The Gwyn Jones Lecture 2002, specially commisioned by the Welsh Academy and delivered in Cardiff on 17 April.
Bookmark by Ali Smith
Books. Everywhere.
A Writer's Diary by Matthew Francis
Time for inspiration.

Fiction

Flock by Jo Mazelis
Stump by Niall Griffiths
An extract from a novel in progress

Street Talk by Simon Howells

Poems

Poems by :
Tiffany Atkinson
David Constantine
Ann Leahy
Rhian Saadat
Robert Seatter
Virgil Suárez

Reviews


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Published by Carcanet
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Reviewed by Mary-Ann Constantine
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Published by Cape
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Reviewed by John Williams
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Reviewed by Tiffany Atkinson
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Published by Planet
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Reviewed by Kirsti Bohata
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by William Rubinstein
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Reviewed by Glyn Elwyn
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