Issue 89,

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New Welsh Review 89, Autumn 2010


Here and There (Kathryn Gray)
When I took the helm of New Welsh Review in 2008, many trusted sources of wisdom and hard-won experience told me I was mad. Of course, at the time I more than half believed them. I was a London-based poet and critic. I wondered how it could be done, this career on the move, and, back then, I wondered - more than I perhaps should have, on reflection - how it would be regarded by others. So it was with a high degree of trepidation that I took my first journey from Euston to the beautiful West - and all that lay before me, the UK rail infrastructure being what it is: fast through the grids of Milton Keynes and leaving Coventry, past the canals, the derelict, graffiti-tagged breweries to Birmingham, and on to Shrewsbury, and the slow shunt into Wales. Then, back again. A rhythm that has defined my life and determined my more...


Exiles by Niall Griffiths
Niall Griffiths on homecomings and belonging, both physically and in influencing his and others' writing: 'holes in the heart are essential for art'.

At the Inquiry by Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis on the day Tony Blair appeared at the Chilcot Inquiry: darker than any noir fiction.

Slanderous Tongues by John Redmond
John Redmond's critical review of a new study of Welsh poetry in English.

Journal in Ireland by Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich on Margiad Evan's illustrated journal of her travels.

First Hand by Philip Gross
Poet Philip Gross on the meaning of home, routes, not roots, that led to his prize-winning book The Water Table.

The Last Word by Sheenagh Pugh
Sheenagh Pugh on a sense of place or displacement.

Photo Essay: Bologna's Hinterland by Rhodri Jones
Rhodri Jones explores the urban/rural divide in Bologna's Hinterland.


First Love by Francesca Rhydderch
Through the Blind by Stewart Foster


Poems by :
Tiffany Atkinson
Paul Henry
Meirion Jordan
Tim Liardet
Lorraine Mariner
Andrew McNeillie


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