Issue 74,

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New Welsh Review 74, Winter


Writing on the Land (Patrick McGuinness and Matthew Jarvis)
'What do bird-watchers, rock-climbers, walkers, shooters, botanists, offroad 4WD enthusiasts, farmers, parapentists, drag-hunters, mountainbikers, canoeists and anglers have in common other than demands on the same overtaxed natural resource of land?', asks Jim Perrin in his essay in this issue of New Welsh Review. We all make our demands upon the land, and in an increasingly atomised world, this is a striking and important constant: we all remain, in one way or another, animals upon more...


Land and Freedom by Jim Perrin
Jim Perrin discusses land and politics in terms of Welsh writing: 'what does that moral and spiritual responsibility for representing this complex physical and cultural entity, which is 'the land', entail?'

Touch the Snake by John Barnie
John Barnie considers eco-criticism and how it is based on the premise that the right kind of literature can help relign our imagination towards a biocentric understanding of the world.

Now You See Her? by Alice Entwistle
Alice Entwistle on the 20th-century woman poet in the light of two books from Deryn Rees Jones: Modern Women Poets and Consorting with Angels: essays on Modern Women Poets. Both make a sharp and sustained contribution to the subject.

Surface Tensions by Cary Archard
Cary Archard profiles Paul Burston, a writer and journalist who tries to resist reducing identity to simple categories and who believes that identity is too complex to be defined by sex, gender or birthplace.

A Writer's Writer by Patricia Duncker on George Eliot
Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and John Fuller
Time and Tide by Ceri Thomas and Andrew McNeillie
Remembering Sir Kyffin Williams


A Boat Trip by Richard Gwyn
Fiction extract

El Zorro by Robert Minhinnick
Fiction extract


Poems by :
Tim Liardet
Michael Longley
John Redmond
Zoe Skoulding
Carmine Starnino
Samantha Wynne-Rydderch


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