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New Welsh Review 84, Summer 2009


Editorial:


Twenty-One (Kathryn Gray)
This issue, New Welsh Review celebrates its twenty-first birthday. Such longevity for a literary magazine is nothing short of a feat of endurance and gives cause for genuine celebration. Inevitably, too, the landmark invites a retrospective. To that end, New Welsh Review has commissioned researcher and specialist in literary journalism Malcolm Ballin to examine the vision of six editors and their output: eighty-three issues of the magazine over two decades that have seen enormous change across Wales's literary and political landscape. His resulting analysis - not without its criticisms - provides an engaging insight into the magazine's development, as well as the intersections and counterpoints of editorial directions. Equally, it serves as a case study of the many travails awaiting those who would seek to run a literary magazine in the age of indifference. I hope that it also highlights the essential - dare I say it? - nobility of the entire endeavour.read more...

Features

Quite Healthy 'with Inbreeding'? by Malcolm Ballin
Malcolm Ballin examines the vision of New Welsh Review's six editors and their output: eighty-three issues of the magazine over two decades that have seen enormous change across Wales's literary and political landscape. His resulting analysis - not without its criticisms - provides an engaging insight into the magazine's development, as well as the intersections and counterpoints of editorial directions.

More in the Journey by Tim Lebbon
Tim Lebbon writes an appreciation of Arthur Machen: 'perhaps there is still hope that the name of Machen will become more familiar, more critically celebrated, and will one day take its place at the forefront of turn-of-the-century fiction'.

Crime Wave by Kitty Sewell
Kitty Sewell on crime fiction: 'as thrillers have become more popular and their potential rewards greater, more of the aspiring young literary writers...are...trying to become the next Grisham or Grafton'.

Philip Jones Griffiths: A Final Interview by Amanda Hopkinson
An exclusive final interview with arguably the most famous and greatest Welsh photojournalist.

First Hand by Owen Sheers
Owen Sheers on poetry and television.
Photo Essay: One Day I Will Be Old and Grey by Adam Goodge
The Last Word by Richard Lewis Davies
The author and publisher reflects on the literary political times.

Fiction

Sicilian Lock-Up by Richard Gwyn
Sixteen Shades of Crazy by Rachel Trezise

Poems

Poems by :
Joe Dunthorne
Carrie Etter
Daniel Hardisty
Meirion Jordan
Christopher Meredith
Linda Saunders
Anne Stevenson
Damian Walford Davies

Reviews


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Published by Penguin
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Reviewed by Niall Griffiths
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Written in Blood by Ed. Lindsay Ashford and Caroline Oakley
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Reviewed by Kaite O'Reilly
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What Brings You Here So Late? by Tony Conran
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Reviewed by Tony Brown
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The Alone to the Alone by Gwyn Thomas
Published by Parthian/Library of Wales
ISBN 9781905762965 pb £7.99
Reviewed by Stephen Knight
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Real Wales by Peter Finch
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Reviewed by Mike Parker
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Crawling Through Thorns by John Sam Jones
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Reviewed by Sarah Broughton
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Moonrise by Meirion Jordan
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Stranger Within the Gates by Bertha Thomas
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Reviewed by Michelle Smith
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Last Bird Singing by Allan Bush
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Reviewed by Cathryn Scott
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After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-up of Britain by Hywel Dix
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Reviewed by Andrew Milner
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Long-Haul Travellers by Sheenagh Pugh
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Reviewed by Sarah Wardle
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The Treekeeper's Tale by Pascale Petit
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Reviewed by Sarah Wardle
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A Rope of Vines by Brenda Chamberlain
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Reviewed by Jane MacNamee
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