Issue 82,

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New Welsh Review 82, Winter 2008


Editorial:


Life and Times (Kathryn Gray)
The most exciting first editorials shoot from the hip. They rebel against regime, convention, inertia. They delight and infuriate. Make their authors enemies and win them new, unexpected allies. They mark the end of the past, herald a new era, offer promises that, sadly, more often than not, are quickly forgotten by those that make them - though rarely those that believe them. As it is, if the temptation were there to deliver something along these lines, I am denied such an easy
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Features

First Hand by Justin Kerrigan
BAFTA Cymru director Justin Kerrigan on the genesis of his screen play I Know You Know and how the film eventually came to be made.

Performance and Identity by Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton on the the life of Raymond Williams, 'novelist, dramatist, literary critic, political theorist, sociologist of culture and ecologist before the word was even invented', and reflects on the official biography Raymond Williams: a Warrior's Tale by Dai Smith.

Sounding the Depths by Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich on recent works by Christine Evans (Bardsey) and Gillian Clarke (At the Source: A Writer's Year). Both are 'celebrations of the inexhaustible beauty of the natural world in their respective "square miles" of Wales'.
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Sarah Broughton
Sarah Broughton on subjectivity and survival; she considers two autobiographical works, The Presence by Dannie Abse and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

Mitchum, Me and the Big-Nosed Muppet by Lloyd Robson
The writer and broadcaster on gonzo, and the influence of Robert Mitchum on his life.

Photo essay by John Briggs
John Briggs introduces his photo essay on John Berryman, The Poet and the Photographer (2), travelling from Cardiff to Laugharne in memory of the poet.
The Last Word by Anthony Brockway
Why Welsh science fiction, fantasy and horror should no longer be neglected.

Fiction

The Beautiful Game by Niall Griffiths
Forgiven by Alix Nathan

Poems

Poems by :
Joe Dunthorne
Meirion Jordan
Anna Lewis
Sinead Morrissey
Damian Walford Davies.

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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bookshop. All details were correct at the time of publication.
Oh Dad! A Search for Robert Mitchum by Lloyd Robson
Published by Parthian
ISBN 9781905762132 pb £9.99
Reviewed by John Harrison
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Real Swansea by Nigel Jenkins
Published by Seren
ISBN 9781854114846 pb £9.99
Reviewed by Peter Stead
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If You Fall I Will Catch You by Eifion Jenkins
Published by Seren
ISBN 9781854114563 pb £7.99
Reviewed by Philip Gross
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Revenant by Tristan Hughes
Published by Picador
ISBN 9780330451963 pb £7.99
Reviewed by Anna Scott
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Mandeville by Matthew Francis
Published by Faber
ISBN 9780571239276 pb £9.99
Reviewed by Ian Gregson
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The Man Who Made Penguins: The Life of Sir William Emrys Williams by Sander Meredeen
Published by Darien Jones Publishing
ISBN 9781902487038 hb £29.50
Reviewed by Meic Stephens
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The Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts
Published by Serpent's Tail
ISBN 9781846686658 pb £10.99
Reviewed by John Wrighton
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A Lens in the Palm by Kelly Grovier
Published by Oxford Poets/Carcanet
ISBN 9781903039885 pb £9.95
Reviewed by Claire Crowther
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MUDe by John Redmond
Published by Carcanet
ISBN 9781857549270 pb £9.95
Reviewed by Claire Crowther
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Ernest Zobole: A Life in Art by Ceri Thomas
Published by Seren
ISBN 9781854113726 pb £15.00
Reviewed by Frances Williams
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