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New Welsh Review 69, Autumn 2005


New Pastoral (Francesca Rhydderch)
Wales has been enjoying the success of its urban noir writers - Niall Griffiths, John Williams, Malcolm Pryce et al - for quite some time. Our literary culture in English has certainly become more discerning as a result of the broadening out of the critical reception of Welsh books beyond periodicals such as New Welsh Review to newspapers with high circulation figures across the more...


Fugitive Presences and Malevolent Landscapes by Niall Griffiths
An exploration of the work of Paul Seawright, who says he is drawn by the 'generic terror of the empty landscape'.
Walking the Line by Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell considers the influence of psychogeography on recent books by Peter Finch, Lloyd Jones and Martin Bax, and looks at the specifically Welsh aspects of this increasingly popular genre.
From Yoknapatawpha to Ynys Mon by Tristan Hughes
Tristan Hughes considers the tensions between 'urban' and 'rural' writing in Wales, especially the stereotypes that these labels themselves convey, and the linguistic, cultural and geographic divides they confirm.
'Something intimately known' by Sarah Broughton
Sarah Broughton considers three debut novelists: Carole Cadwalladr, Richard Collins and Susan Fletcher.
'Psycho-colonialism' Revisited by Kirsti Bohata
The author of Postcolonialism Revisited intervenes in the debate on postcolonial criticism in Wales, arguing that, while solid historical foundations are crucial to any argument in this context, literary criticism needs to pay sufficient attention to asthetic as well as historical issues.


Whinberries by Deborah Kay Davies
High Water Everywhere by Tristan Hughes
The Shop by Emyr Humphreys
A chapter from a new novel


Poems by :
John Barnie
Tony Conran
Tony Curtis
Viki Holmes
Paul Henry
Anne Rouse
Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2005 winners
Linda Rogers
Robert Butler
Gareth Jones


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Collected Poems by David Constantine
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A Living Language by David Constantine
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The Last Llanelli Train by Robert Lewis
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Eunice Fleet by Lily Tobias, (Ed) Jasmine Donahaye
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The Wooden Doctor by Margiad Evans
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Postcolonialism Revisited by Kirsti Bohata
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Twentieth-Century Autobiography by Barbara Prys-Williams
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The Distance Between Us by Fiona Sampson
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Wreckage by Niall Griffiths
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Welsh Politics Comes of Age: Responses to the Richard Commission by John Osmond (Ed)
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Red Stilletos by Ruth Joseph
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Kung Fu Lullabies by Chris Kinsey
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High June by Ann Byrne-Sutton
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The Language of Flight by Mike Jenkins
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Beyond the Difference: Welsh Literature in Comparative Texts by Alyce von Rothkirch and Daniel Williams (Eds)
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The Origami Bird by Elizabeth Ashworth
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Fire and Water by Hayley Long
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Summer Shadows by Siân James
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Love and War by Siân James
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A Hundred Years of Fiction - Leighton Andrews

Mervyn Levy and Dylan Thomas - Andrew Lycett

Obituary: Joan Abse, 1926-2005 - Cary Archard

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