Creative work from NWR

Short stories, poems...

Two White, One Blue (Issue: 103)

After a typically frugal lunch (‘Who would get fat on this? Gandhi?’), Nussbaum forsook his plate and went off to find his pills, mooching to the kitchen as a prisoner to the gallows. Ach, those pills! Two white, one blue: or was it two blue, one white? Either way, Nussbaum had to take them after every meal or his heart would fold up like a map.
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Johnny Dangerously (Issue: 103)

The backs were just that: the backs of our houses. Where the dogs chased the cats and the cats scratched the dogs and Natalie Mulally first showed Boof Moffatt her front bottom. Where we skanked fags and ran for ice-creams always ten pence short of a 99. Where we booted balls and argued the toss and made pacts about each other’s backs.
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Split Me In Two, Gareth Moon (Issue: 103)

 (c) Jamie HamleyI suck on the spliff. I don’t speak for a while. Dennis takes this time to drain the whisky bottle. He drops it over the side of the bed. It falls onto the edge of an overspilling ashtray, catapulting ash and butts onto the bedroom floor...
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Eclipse (Issue: 102)

Violets and primroses have powered up between the paving stones of Beth’s London garden.
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Mourning (Issue: 102)

The TV, radio and newspapers weren't calling it genocide. It was as though they were keeping the word for more important things. The word was too strong. Too strong for Africa.
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A Shard of Memory (Issue: 101)

Poem in memory of Seamus Heaney by Manash Bhattacharjee
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Snowscape (Issue: 101)

It was the tractor he heard first, the low groan of its engine as it laboured across the far slope of the valley towards him; and then, a moment later, the dull clank of the trailer it was towing.
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Any Reasonable Time (Issue: 101)

The third place flash fiction story from NWR's Flash in the Pen competition for a story told in under 100 words.
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Reminiscence (Issue: 101)

The second place flash fiction story from NWR's Flash in the Pen competitio,n for a story told in under 100 words.
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Dressing (Issue: 101)

The first place, prizewinning flash fiction story from NWR's Flash in the Pen competition for a story told in under 100 words.
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Scavenger (Issue: 101)

Short Story preview by Robert Minhinnick from his new prose collection, Island of Lightning (Seren), publishing in October 2013.
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Pebbles (Issue: 101)

I knew everything about the war; knew all about the religious fighting with bricks and fists, and falling in love with girls on the other side.
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Wallpaper Samples from The Rivalry of Flowers (Issue: 101)

Shani Rhys James, who turned sixty this summer, is one of Britain’s landmark figurative painters, particularly in terms of autobiographical art.
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Borderline (Issue: 100)

Jeremy Hughes’ memoir of train journeys in Wales, Asturias and Galicia
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The Anatomy of a Beating (Issue: 100)

It’s one of those times of the day when my abs disappear under the swell from being twelve hundred calories heavier post-workout. But I can still get away with an extra small T-shirt, as long as I breathe in.
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Extract from The Rice Paper Diaries (Issue: 100)

'Where have you come from?' he asked me gently, reaching for his pen.
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Tokyo Spaces (Issue: 100)

I arrived in Setagaya to a flat I had rented unseen.
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The Tapas Machine (Issue: 100)

he thought it odd, but if the woman wanted him to take the CD player out of her car & replace it with a tapas machine then who was he to argue.
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Lifeboat (Issue: 100)

You hear, on the slight breeze, the tunt tunt tunt, tunt tunt before you see the boat. A low craft, inflatable, orange, a few yards out from shore. You feel illicit.
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A Perfect Queen (Issue: 100)

I look for Mama even though I know she is never here when I come home from school.
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Boa Constrictor (Issue: 100)

Today I feel as though I've known Alun Richards my entire life, though I never met him.
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My Mary Jane (Issue: 100)

...all foot fetishism begins with that early calibration by the Clarks woman: the placing of the socked foot gently on the gauge and the coasting of the wooden marker down through the ages until it hits the big toe.
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New Man, Neuman (Issue: 100)

It’s not known for certain whether it was Jacobo himself, or maybe his father, maybe his grandfather. But Jacobo’s surname, my own surname, came about through trickery.
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Oedipus Rex (Issue: 99)

‘Oedipus Rex’ by João Morais was shortlisted in April 2013 for the Percy French Prize for Comic Poetry.
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Lake Story (Issue: 99)

An exclusive preview from Mary-Ann Constantine's forthcoming second collection of short stories All The Souls which will be published by Seren in the spring.
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Shapes and Pieces (Issue: 99)

A response to Richard Hughes' A High Wind in Jamaica
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Beyond the Barren Lands (Issue: 99)

Brigend's 'Suicide Spate': poetry by Zoë Brigley and photography by Nathan Roach
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Walking in Moonlight (Issue: 98)

Poem
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Portraits (Issue: 98)

Poem
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Quotidian Joe vs The Quantum Letterbox (Issue: 98)

Poem
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The Death of Doc Emmett Brown in Back to the Future (Issue: 98)

Poem
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Emmeline (Issue: 98)

An extract from Maria's novel Emmeline
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Obituaries (Issue: 98)

Zillah Bethell lives in south Wales. Her first two novels, Seahorses Are Real and Le Temps des Cerises, are published by Seren. She is currently working on her latest book, Woman in a Dandelion Paperweight.
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According to Adrian (Issue: 98)

A response to The Dead of Night: The Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions
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Like a Breaking of Waters (Issue: 98)

Poem
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Tagged Turnstone, St Ives (Issue: 98)

Poem
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For the tiny insect casting a long shadow across the page of a Burton Watson translation of Ch’i-Chi (Issue: 98)

Poem
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If I Answer, We’ll Crash (Issue: 98)


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West (Issue: 97)

Poem.
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Moving South at Seven (Issue: 97)

Poem.
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No Pets Allowed (Issue: 97)

Poem.
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At the Fitness Centre (Issue: 97)

Poem.
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Arendt (Issue: 97)

Poem
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Berkeley Fudge with the Luna Trio (Issue: 97)

Poetry.
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Lost Ordinance, Sussex, 1943 (Issue: 97)


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Evel Knievel Jumps Over My Family (Issue: 97)


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Margaret River Sestets (Issue: 97)

Winner of the 2012 Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
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What a Way to Go (Issue: 97)

Extract from forthcoming novel What a Way to Go
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British Story (Issue: 97)

An extract from forthcoming novelBritish Story
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Persistence (Issue: 97)

A response to William Condry's A Welsh Country Diary.
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Poems from Deep Field (Issue: 96)

Three poems: Seep, Jacob's Island, Coming of Age
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Sheep Get Inquisitive After a Meteor Strike, Stanbury Moor (Issue: 96)

New poetry.
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Three Poems (Issue: 96)

Three new poems from Carrie Etter: Proportion, Fat, Heroin Song
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Eric 'n' Ernie (Issue: 96)

‘What d’you think of it so far?’ Asks the little one with the hairy legs. ‘Rubbish!’ says the other.
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On Mohammed Farid Street (Issue: 96)

A response to David M Beddoe’s The Lost Mameluke, A Tale of Egypt.
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Hillside (Issue: 96)

New poetry
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Winter Arriving Early (Issue: 96)

New poetry.
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Nothing but (Issue: 95)

Poetry
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Rainer Maria Rilke, from Sonnets to Orpheus (Issue: 95)

Extract from Martyn Crucefix's forthcoming translation.
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Out the Back (Issue: 95)

New Poetry
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Extracts from the Diaries of Dyfrig Prydderch, 1936 (Issue: 95)

In the 1930S, welshman Dyfrig Prydderch lived in Romania, travelling there and recording his impressions of life in the country.
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