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New Welsh Review 79, Spring 2008


Soundtracks and Scores (Francesca Rhydderch)
Welsh writing has been marching to a different beat since devolution: the last ten years have seen confident experimentation on the part of writers, bold dissent within the literary establishment and a growing number of literary lists being developed by Welsh publishers. Add to that the burgeoning export of Welsh fiction and poetry beyond the UK in various European languages and the increasing number of writers working as freely in English as they do in Welsh, and the literary and critical landscape is almost unrecognisable in comparison with the outlook a decade more...


Commemoration and Amnesia by Rachel Trezise
Rachel Trezise interviews poet and playwright Patrick Jones about his work, his burning desire to inspire and enable young and disadvantaged people, and the influence (or not) of his younger brother's band, the Manic Street Preachers.
Opera and the Word by Penny Simpson
Penny Simpson looks at a new generation of librettists, and the exciting changes that have been taking place at the Welsh National Opera over the past six years.
Good Vibrations by Charlotte Greig
An extract from The Moon To Play With, a memoir by folk singer, songwriter, and novelist Charlotte Greig.
She Sings of a(n Iron) Maiden by Sarah Morse
Sarah Morse examines the role of music in new fiction from Wales, including the work of Rachel Trezise, Hayley Long and Clare Potter.
Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Christine Evans
A Writer's Music by Matthew Francis
Portrait of the Poet as a Failed Musician: the elusive music of poetry.
Photo Essay by Maciej Dakowicz
Street Music


Arrivals by Tristan Hughes
Fiction extract from Revenant

An Elephant in the Thames by Bethan Roberts


Poems by :
Tiffany Atkinson
Ros Barber
John Kinsella
Kevin Mills
Chris Preddle


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After the First Death: An Anthology of Wales and War in the Twentieth Century by Ed. Tony Curtis
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Reviewed by Robert Minhinnick
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Modern Welsh Dictionary: A Guide to the Living Language by Ed. Gareth King
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Y Llyfr Enwau: Enwau'r Wlad: A Welsh Check-List of Welsh Place-Names by D. Geraint Lewis
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Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish by Menna Elfyn
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'Blerwytirhwng?': The Place of Welsh Pop Music by Sarah Hill
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It Means Nothing To Me by Geraldine Monk and David Annwn
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Dark Wires by Zoe Skoulding
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19th Century Blues by Patrick McGuinness
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A Performance Cosmology by Eds. Julie Christie, Richard Gough and Daniel Watt
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Walking to Work by Simon Whitehead
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The Pools by Bethan Roberts
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Hector's Talent for Miracles by Kitty Harri
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Ingrid's Husband by Paul Henry
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Birthmarks by Mark Jenkins
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Everything Must Change by Grahame Davies
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The Fossil-Box by Richard Marggraf Turley
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Stone Milk by Anne Stevenson
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The digitisation debate - Richard Combes

The digitisation debate - Christopher Meredith

The digitisation debate - Greg Cullen

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