Issue 83,

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New Welsh Review 83, Spring 2009


Serious Times (Kathryn Gray)
Readers of New Welsh Review will not need reminding that these are serious and exceptional times in which we live. That already hackneyed term 'the credit crunch' has become, in a matter of months, shorthand for an era of prevailing uncertainty and caution. Literary publishing, like any other business, will be determined by the new conditions. And the implications are worrying, to say the least.


Still in Hollywood by Tom Anderson
Travel writer Tom Anderson takes a tour of 'La-La Land' and surveys the Culture of Impulse.

Darkness and Light by Jane MacNamee
Jane MacNamee discusses the life and work of Eiluned Lewis with her daughter, Katrina Burnett. Fleet Street journalist, country woman and novelist, Lewis felt a strong connection to the 'strange and immortal'.
A Genuine Contender by Judy Kendall
Judy Kendall appraises The Annotated Collected Poems of Edward Thomas and a recent anthology of poetry and essays inspired by his work, Branch-Lines.

Out of Hearsay by John Sam Jones
John Sam Jones reflects on a literature emerging from the margins. Should his work be labelled as 'gay' or is that simply a convenient marketing niche?

First Hand by Robert Minhinnick
Poet, novelist and essayist Robert Minhinnick on his bid for a Creative Wales Award, and his latest work-in-progress In Goliath's Country.

Photo Essay: Appalachian Coal Mines by Roger Tiley
Introduced by the photographer, the photo essay explores the parallels between Appalachian and Welsh coal mining communities.
The Last Word by David Adams
Former arts correspondent for The Guardian and a regular reviewer for The Western Mail, David Adams writes on the failure of theatre criticism in Wales, and how this is rendering the performing arts invisible.


Maggie's Lipstick by Bethan Roberts
Nathan and the Cloud of Unknowing by Henry Shukman


Poems by :
Carrie Etter
Kelly Grovier
Paul Henry
Charles Simic
Katherine Stansfield
Richard Marggraf Turley


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Welsh Environments in Contemporary Poetry by Matthew Jarvis
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Fighting Pretty by Louise Walsh
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Other Beasts by Sarah Corbett
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The Untogether by Jeb Loy Nichols
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Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful by Deborah Kay Davies
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The Captain's Wife by Eiluned Lewis
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Aber: Essays on Aberystwyth by Photographs by Keith Morris
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Real Aberystwyth by Niall Griffiths
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What's Welsh for Performance?: v.1 by Heike Roms Ed.
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King Driftwood by Robert Minhinnick
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My First Colouring book by Lloyd Jones
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