Issue 75,

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New Welsh Review 75, Spring 2007


Editorial:


Wales and Film (Francesca Rhydderch)
A low-lying camera pans over a former airfield, recently colonised by folding chairs and unruly tents. It is 2002, and the National Eisteddfod occupies a square of land just outside Wales's medieval city, St Davids. A slightly sinister soundtrack, heavy on the electric guitar, accompanied by images of eisteddfotwyr (eisteddfod-goers), sets the tone for what follows: nothing is as
innocently coincidental as it seems in Dal:Yma/Nawr [Still:Here/Now], an exuberant paean to the centuries-old tradition of Welsh poetry. Symbolic sequences featuring the number seven have been shot in a variety of locales, from the Eisteddfod itself to a beach in Santa Monica, lending a reassuring solidity to the presence of actors Rhys Ifans, Siân Phillips, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Daniel Evans and Nia Roberts. From the seventh-century poet Aneirin to Wales's first National Poet, Gwyneth Lewis, the film offers an 'odyssey' through the long and variegated tradition of poetry in Welsh. Including quiet, intimate readings by contemporary poets such as Alan Llwyd and Gwyn Thomas, and a combination of straight and dramatised readings by the actors, the film also features musicians Cerys Matthews and John Cale.
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Features

Masquerade by Michael Corris
In the run-up to an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Michael Corris explores the significance of Angus McBean's photography throughout his career and looks at the way in which an artist and their art are interlinked.
Waking the Dead by Fflur Dafydd
Fflur Dafydd talks to film-maker Marc Evans about the process of bringing Wales' bardic tradition to the big screen, and the impact of the film Dal:Yma/Nawr (Still:Here/Now) on the rest of his work.
'Eccentric Movement' by Jodie Allinson
Jodie Allinson takes a look at the emergence of Welsh multimedia performers and how film and theatre overlap.
Poetry in Motion by Gwyn Thomas
The National Poet reflects on the creative process of composing 'screen poems' and the way they are interpreted.
From the Archives by David Jones, with an introduction by Thomas Dilworth
Thomas Dilworth intyroduces a previously unpublished review of David Jones on How Green Was My Valley.
Victor Golightly - Obituary by Barbara Prys-Williams
A tribute to the former editor of New Welsh Review, who sadly died in 2006.
A Writer's Director by Rachel Trezise
Rachel Trezise on Mike Leigh, Ken Loach...and Johnny Depp.
Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Fiction

Felled by Tyler Keelvil
The Layover by Richard Redman

Poems

Poems by :
Maura Dooley
Carrie Etter
Ellie Evans
Chris McCully
John Powell Ward

Reviews


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