Review 26, August 2018



Welcome to the August 2018 edition of the New Welsh Review, our monthly online supplement of review and comment. Make sure to check this page frequently as free to view and subscriber only reviews and comment pieces are regularly added to this page. This month, pieces are all free-to-view.

In this issue:

Editorial:

Reviews


• Stevie Davies on Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away by Suzy Ceulan Hughes. Suzy Ceulan Hughes hails the debut short story collection of one of our finest contemporary authors, where wisdom and empathy shine

• Ed Garland on Creed (Honno Welsh Women’s Classics Series) by Margiad Evans. Ed Garland concludes that this is a brilliant novel, brimful of clamour, unease, nature and murky, feverish characters


• Prof Tony Brown on Double Review: Brief Lives: Six Fictions and Christopher Meredith (Writers of Wales) by Christopher Meredith (stories) and Diana Wallace (monograph). Though the sweep of time is a universal experience, Prof Tony Brown writes, in Meredith’s beautifully achieved fictions it becomes acute, textured, made emotionally resonant by personal and local factors


• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on No Good Brother by Tyler Keevil. Un-put-downable, is Suzy Ceulan Hughes’ verdict on this Canadian-Abergavenny writer’s hybrid homage to the Western, the thriller, the comedy and the psychological novel


• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on Staring Back at Me by Tony Bianchi. Suzy Ceulan Hughes is struck by the emotional paralysis the characters in these stories display, alongside warmth, humour and tenderness


• John Barnie on The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond. No one in this spy-themed page turner is quite what he or she seems, as a myriad of plot twists and characters lead a failing artist into the mystery of the ‘golden orphans’: John Barnie investigates

• Eleanor Howe on The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Tell Me A Dragon (Jackie Morris Retrospective) by Jackie Morris. Eleanor Howe reports that these striking, fable-like picture books, published by Graffeg in a large format-edition, are to curl up with and savour, and that they forge connections between nature and people in the one instance, and detailed diverse worlds


• Nathan Llywelyn Monday on The Wolf Tattoo Nathan Llywelyn Munday, though saddened by the experience, enjoyed how this playwright explores toxic masculine gang culture with an approach that is all at once animalistic, primordial, and scarily current


• John Barnie on Up Top: From Lunatic Asylum to Community Care: A Century of the Mid Wales Mental Hospital by Hugh Purcell, with Margaret Percy. Perusing what he finds to be a fine history of Talgarth mental asylum, John Barnie is fascinated by the hospital’s symbiotic relationship with the town’s economy across the decades, as well as the ways in which treatment of patients changed with chang





Opinion: Ursula Martin Becoming Wild



Opinion: John Barnie Martyrdom and its Uses




Opinion: Hannah Engelkamp Untethered




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