Issue 58,

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New Welsh Review 58, Autumn 2002


Editorial:


Everyone's a winner... (Francesca Rhydderch)
Even as the BBC's tired trot through the one hundred greatest Great Britons sent me to sleep in recent weeks, I couldn't help being intrigued by a recent item in The Guardian which reported that panels of librarians and booksellers are among those being polled to find 'books which say the most about contemporary England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland'. Apparently customers will be consulted too, and encouraged to vote in high-street bookstores across the UK. This is all a ploy, of course - the organisers of the poll are going to all this trouble simply to promote World Book Day (next March). Nevertheless, the four shortlists for the UK's various countries made for interesting reading, from England's Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and Scotland's Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay, to Wales's Cardiff Dead by John Williams and Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams. read more...

Features

'Stories of people who long to belong' by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kevin Crossley-Holland in conversation with 2002 Tir na n-Og winner Malachy Doyle.
Getting to Grips with Ceri Richards by Peter Wakelin
Ceri Richards is an artist of international importance, thoroughly Welsh in origins and motivation and often referred to as a painter's painter. Pater Wakelin discusses the artist's life and work.
From Barthes to Butetown by Mark Jenkins
Playwright Mark Jenkins in conversation with the acclaimed novelist Sean Burke. They discuss Burke's novel Deadwater, along with the challenge of making the transition from critic to creator.
Negotiating with the Living by Emyr Humphreys
Emyr Humphreys casts a readerly eye over Margaret Atwood's Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing.
Glancing Down the Cliff of Time: Pamela Hansford Johnson and Dylan Thomas by James A. Davies
The influence of Dylan Thomas on the successful and prolific novelist Pamel Hansford Johnson.
A Writer's Diary by Stephen Knight
A personal look at the process of writing.
Bookmark by Paul Henry
Reading the dead and meeting the living.

Fiction

Dog Days by Penny Simpson
The Love I Carry by Maria Donovan

Poems

Poems by :
Annemarie Austin
Ruth Bidgood
Zoe Brigley
Paul Henry
Stephen Knight

Reviews


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click here to buy a copy of Deadwater by Sean Burke online from the Welsh Books Council's <a href='bantani.php?page=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gwales.com'>gwales.com</a> web siteDeadwater by Sean Burke
Published by Serpent's Tail
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Reviewed by Tony Padfield
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Published by Bloodaxe
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Reviewed by Patrick Crotty
click here to buy a copy of The Witch Bag by Sarah Corbett online from the Welsh Books Council's <a href='bantani.php?page=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gwales.com'>gwales.com</a> web siteThe Witch Bag by Sarah Corbett
Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Richard Poole
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Matthew Jarvis
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Jasmine Donahaye
click here to buy a copy of Crag Inspector by David Hart online from the Welsh Books Council's <a href='bantani.php?page=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gwales.com'>gwales.com</a> web siteCrag Inspector by David Hart
Published by Five Seasons Press
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Reviewed by Teleri Williams
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Published by Flambard Press
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Reviewed by Teleri Williams
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Published by Robson Books
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Reviewed by Tony Curtis
click here to buy a copy of Corbenic by Catherine Fisher online from the Welsh Books Council's <a href='bantani.php?page=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gwales.com'>gwales.com</a> web siteCorbenic by Catherine Fisher
Published by Red Fox
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Reviewed by Jeni Williams
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Published by New English Library
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Reviewed by Sarah Broughton
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Published by Picador
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Reviewed by Nia Williams
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Kirsti Bohata
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Nick Murray
click here to buy a copy of A Life by Glanmor Williams online from the Welsh Books Council's <a href='bantani.php?page=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gwales.com'>gwales.com</a> web siteA Life by Glanmor Williams
Published by University of Wales Press
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Reviewed by David Barnes
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Published by New Welsh Review Ltd
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Reviewed by Nathalie Wourm
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Published by University of Wales Press
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Reviewed by Rowan Williams
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Published by Enitharmon
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Reviewed by Duncan Campbell
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Published by Seren
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Reviewed by Rhian Reynolds
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Published by Honno
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Reviewed by Rhian Reynolds
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Published by University of Wales Press
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Reviewed by Rowan O'Neill
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Published by The In Pinn
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Reviewed by Roger Hubank


Letters

'The Beautiful Lie' (NWR 57) - Sheenagh Pugh

Welsh Book of the Year - Deborah Fisher

'Wowsers' (NWR 57) - Paul Groves

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