Issue 97,

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New Welsh Review 97, Autumn 2012


The Talk Slid North (Gwen Davies)

The summer edition looked far south, to Argentina and Antarctica. Now we look Far North, led by nature writer and poet Susan Richardson as she treks beyond the Arctic Circle in Norsewoman Gudrid’s ski tracks in ‘And the Talk Slid North…’. John Harrison accompanies us on another northern journey a little closer to home but still within Icelandic Saga territory as he takes the second in his series, Islands on the Edge, to Orkney.

Harrison’s opening intro alone to the Orkneyinga Saga will surely bring it a new audience:

‘The year is 1153. Earl Harald Maddardson set out for Orkney at Christmas with four ships and a hundred men. He put in at Hamna Voe on the west side of the Mainland of Orkney, and on the thirteenth day of Christmas they travelled on foot to Firth on the east coast. During a storm they took shelter in Maeshowe, a burial chamber, and there two of them went insane, which slowed them down badly. They reached Firth in darkness.’



Pulp Kitchen Dai George on the quest for a radical English read more...
Orkney by John Harrison
And the Talk Slid North by Susan Richardson
Brenda Chamberlain's The Protagonists by Damian Walford Davies
Hay International Writing Fellows Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray
Rich Text Jayne Joso in Wexford


Persistence by Jane MacNamee
A nonfiction response to William Condry's A Welsh Country Diary read more...

British Story
Novel extract by Michael Nath

What a Way to Go
Novel extract by Julia Forster

2012 Cardiff International Poetry Competition Winners

Margaret River Sestets
Mark Tredinnick
Evel Knievel Jumps Over My Family
Jonathan Edwards
Lost Ordinance, Sussex, 1943
Harry Man

Poetry From

Alan Kellerman
Bruce Bond
Floyd Skloot
Paul Henry
Katelyn Romaine
Ben Potts


Deep Field by Philip Gross, and New Selected Poems by Robert Minhinnick
Sarah Howe

The Likes of Us, Stories of Five Decades by Stan Barstow
Rachel Trezise

The Flying Trapeze by Duncan Bush
Peter Finch

Off The Beaten Track, Stories by Russian Hitchhikers by Igor Savelyev, Irina Bogatyreva & Tatiana Mazepina
Peter Finch

The Gospel of Us by Owen Sheers
Kat Dawes

The Water-castle by Brenda Chamberlain [ed. Damian Walford Davies]
Penny Simpson

Into the War by Italo Calvino
Peter De Villle

All Shall Be Well: 25 @ 25 eds. Stephanie Tillotson & Penny Thomas
Tomos Owen

All Things Betray Thee by Gwyn Thomas, and The Volunteers by Raymond Williams
Claire Flay

Big Low Tide by Candy Neubert
Mary-Ann Constantine

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