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New Welsh Review 71, Spring 2006


Words and Pictures (Francesca Rhydderch)
Just over ten years ago, Planet Books published an intriguing and lavishly illustrated book, Words with Pictures: Welsh images and images of Wales in the popular press 1640-1860, by Peter Lord. This fascinating exploration of over two centuries of popular art was not Lord's first book, nor would it be his last: previous publications included works on Francis Crawshay and Hugh Hughes, as well as his highly influential pamphlet, The Aesthetics of Relevance. He has since gone on to produce several monographs on Welsh visual art, three of which - Medieval Vision, Industrial Society and Imaging the Nation - were published as an all encompassing trilogy. Taking Lord's work as a whole, it is evident that he has single-handedly restored the history of Welsh art to the nation; his is a phenomenal body of more...


Robbing the Bride by Zoe Brigley
Zoe Brigley explores the work of Sue Williams, who has been shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize 2006 (the winner will be announced on March 31st). Both poet and artist share an interest in the role of women in contemporary society, as revealed by Williams' compositions, which are 'disturbingly squalid, consisting as they do of muddled lines, uneven boundaries, graffiti-like text and rough spontaneous sketches'.

The Graphic Novel: 'Literature's Mutant Sister' by Paul Gravett
Paul Gravett considers the rise of the graphic novel from despised comic book to literary prize nominee.

The Mapping of Power and the Power of Maps by Mike Parker
Mike Parker argues that a good map can be read, enjoyed and interpreted like a good book, and discusses how Wales has been portrayed cartographically over the centuries.

'It's own concrete language' by Simon Harris
Simon Harris considers the tensions between literary drama and visual performance, and how the crucial contribution made by theatre designers is often overlooked in the creative process.

Photo / poem collaboration by David Hurn and Matthew Francis
Magnum photographer and Faber poet combine their work.
Photo Essay by Jo Mazelis
An Artists' Writer by Katherine Dodd
The artist descibes the influence that Niall Griffiths has had on her work.
Preview by various
What's on in Wales, March to May 2006


Bryn Euryn Games by Tony Conran
Short story

The Shady Seat by Rae Howells
Short story


Poems by :
Dannie Abse
Ruth Bingham
John Kinsella


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Poems 1968-2004 by Carol Rumens
Published by Bloodaxe
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Reviewed by Sarah Wardle
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My Neighbours by Caradoc Evans
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Reviewed by Kathryn Gray
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Melog by Mihangel Morgan (trans. Christopher Meredith)
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The Shop by Emyr Humphreys
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Reviewed by Gerard Woodward
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays Volume 9 (2004) by Ed. Tony Brown
Published by New Welsh Review
ISBN 0708318290 pb £11.95
Reviewed by Stephen Knight
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays Volume 10 (2005) by Ed. Tony Brown
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Durer's Hare by Anna Wigley
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The Meaning of Flight by Christopher Meredith
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The Huntress by Pascale Petit
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The Scarab by Catherine Fisher
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Reviewed by Carrie Jadud
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Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher
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To Be A Woman: The Life of Jill Craigie by Carl Rollyson
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Reviewed by Sarah Broughton
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Croation Nights: A Festival of Alternative Literature by Ed. Borivoj Radakovic, Matt Thorne and Tony White. Translated by Celia Hawkesworth
Published by Serpent's Tail
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Reviewed by David Lloyd
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Urban Welsh: New Welsh Fiction by Ed. Lewis Davies
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ISBN 1902638425 pb £9.99
Reviewed by David Lloyd
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Even the Rain is Different: Women Writing on the Highs and Lows of Living Abroad by Ed. Gwyneth Tyson
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Reviewed by David Lloyd
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Mis-reading Sheenagh Pugh - Matthew Francis

Gwyneth Lewis and American films - Phil Knight

A re-evaluation of John Tripp - Geoffrey Williams

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