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New Welsh Review 63, Spring 2004


Another Country (Francesca Rhydderch)
In New Welsh Review 61, I responded enthusiastically to Tony Bianchi's recent article on the Welsh noir novel, which had appeared in the online Welsh-European journal, Transcript. With the editors' permission, a slightly revised version of that essay is printed in this issue of New Welsh Review: it is an important and sensitive piece of criticism. At the time, I was concerned to respond to Bianchi's article from a post-colonial perspective, but I did also point to the profoundly masculine nature of noir. While removing the notion of noir from its literary 'straitjacket' does indeed lead to a revealing appraisal of recent fiction in Welsh and English, especially in the context of contemporary fictions of nationhood, the door remains firmly closed on the majority of women's writing coming out more...


David Jones: Writing into History by Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell takes issue with a new biography of David Jones, Keith Aldritt's David Jones: Writer and Artist, and argues that Jonathan Miles and Derek Shiel's recently reprinted The Maker Unmade is still the best book to date on Jone's life and work.
A Journey Through an Invisible Nation by Andrew Hussey
Andrew Hussey travelled to Kurdistan late in 2003 to represent the University of Wales Aberystwyth at an international conference on the theme 'Reconciliation in Literature'. He describes what he found: a war-torn, profoundly divided nation where, now that the war itself is over, the battlefield is culture, and Kurdish writers and artists are under threat.
From Glamorgan to Granta by Sheenagh Pugh and Dan Rhodes
Both writers had an extraordinarily successful year in 2003. In this conversation piece they reflect on the highs and lows of the past twelve months.
A Loss of Faith in History by Tony Bianchi
A reflection on the latest literary phenomenon to emerge from Wales: the noir novel. This article was first published in Transcript, the online Welsh-European literary review.
A Writer's Diary by Niall Griffiths
Niall Griffiths in Nuuk, Greenland.
Behind Every Great Man is a Small Woman Struggling to Get Out by Sian james
A Memoir.


Mother of a Son by Ruth Joseph
Descent by Gwyneth Hughes


Poems by :
John Barnie
Tony Curtis
Fflur Dafydd
Peter Finch
Matthew Francis
Kathryn Gray
Jeremy Hooker
Patrick McGuinness
Mervyn Williams


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Dylan Remembered: Volume One 1914-1934 by Colin Edwards (interviews) and David N. Thomas (Ed)
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Angers, Fantasies and Ghostly Fears: Nineteenth-century Women from Wales and English-language Poetry by Catherine Brennan
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A History of Education in Wales by Gareth Elwyn Jones and Gordon Roderick
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The Tip of My Tongue by Robert Crawford
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Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults by Jane Cartwright (Ed)
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Welsh Kitsch - Dai Smith

Lynette Roberts - James A. Davies

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