New Welsh Review 35, February 2020

This month we present books in which history and literature mesh. The ‘hyper-current’ stories in Resist are inspired by actual moments of protest, and are framed by historians’ accounts of events. And in the collection In Passing by Anna Lewis, her poetry uses nature to draw parallels between our modern lives and the past. Other recommendations are for nonfiction books on coastal odysseys and Pembrokeshire mountain secrets, a novel on escaping into nature by a child prodigy, illustrated by Jackie Morris, and a dark poetry collection in which dysfunctional relationships, outrage and social polemic jostle for position.

In this issue:



• Dafydd Harvey on Broken Ghost by Niall Griffiths. Dafydd Harvey is impressed by this novelist’s complex characters, beautifully crafted prose and authenticity of Welshness

• Dafydd Harvey on Crushed by Kate Hamer. Dafydd Harvey considers the merits and pitfalls of writing commercial fiction for a publisher with a literary reputation, as well as issues of padding and innovation within the novel

• Georgia Fearn on In Passing by Anna Lewis. Georgia Fearn finds that this latest poetry collection defies expectations and presents fresh and refined perspectives on history

• Jane MacNamee on No Far Shore: Charting Unknown Waters by Anne-Marie Fyfe. Jane MacNamee is impressed by this travel memoir forming a coastal odyssey, haunted by absent parents and far gazes

• John Osmond on Real Preseli by Chris Moss. Chris Moss praise highly this guide to a region with secrets, Arthurian legend, industrial heritage and modern art spaces

• Jemma L King on Resist: Stories of Uprising by Ra Page (ed). Assessing this hyper-current and innovative format of fiction based on real events, with historians’ input, from Comma Press, Jemma L King admires the urgency of forty diverse voices writing about when the state and the individual collide

• Chris Moss on Selected Poems by Lloyd Jones. Chris Moss suggests that poetry is not this successful author’s forte

• Georgia Fearn on Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks by Kittie Belltree. Georgia Fearn is captivated by a dark collection, about the mother-daughter relationship, that makes you grieve for something you did not know you had lost

• Jane MacNamee on The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett (text), Jackie Morris (illustrations). Jane MacNamee on a girl, wise beyond her years, who has much to teach us about how inseparable humanity is from nature

• Chris Moss on The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield. Fans of this Cornish Trilogy will be left wanting more, writes Chris Moss, who notes the author’s sure hand in handling description, fantasy elements and a sexual tension that feels modern

Opinion: Kieron Smith Swansea Automatic

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