Creative work from NWR

Short stories, poems...

Object (Issue: 114)

Object, by Cynan Jones
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Almost (Issue: 114)

My dad, Darwin Andrews, was the first black mayor in Britain. He was also the first Muslim mayor in Britain. If that didn’t make growing up in a small non-mining town in Wales hard enough, his wife, my mum, who I never knew – she died when I was less than three – had given me the name Julie. Julie Andrews.
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Some Kind of Immortality (Issue: 114)

Some Kind of Immortality by Tony Curtis
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Pencil Case (Issue: 113)

How did it go, love? she says, and he nods and shrugs the way he does and goes upstairs to his room and takes the pencil case out of his bag and puts it in its place on his desk.
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Theory and Design in the Age of Innocence (Issue: 113)

Preview story by Alex Barr
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The Palestinian (Issue: 113)

A story by Robert Minhinnick
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Preview from Cove (Issue: 112)

A preview extract from Cynan Jones' novella Cove, published by Granta and subsequently also excerpted by The New Yorker as 'The Edge of the Shoal'
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No Situation is Permanent (Issue: 112)

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing highly commended entry
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Moscow to Beijing on Train Number Four (Issue: 112)

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing highly commended entry
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Seven Days: A Pyrenean Trek (Issue: 112)

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing shortlisted entry
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Extract: Stranger Shores (Issue: 112)

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing highly commended entry
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Extract: The Rains of Titikaka (Issue: 112)

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing shortlisted entry
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Bush Meat: As My Mother Told Me (Issue: 112)

Written in lemon juice as zesty as a latter-day Martha Gellhorn, this act of ventriloquism gives voice to the author’s mother’s expat life in Nigeria and her own child’s-eye take on its complications. With striking images including a Barbary duck wi
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Three or Four Kilos of Flesh (Issue: 111)

In my life there is a before and an after. A day that cuts my life in two. In my life, as in all lives, there are happy dates and sad dates. Births and deaths. Meetings and partings. Successes and failures too. But since that day, the day that cuts my lif
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Removals (Issue: 111)

The van was late. My elder brother Tim was coming up with the removals men from Falmouth to Cardiff. My parents, in their mid- eighties, had been driven up the day before by my younger brother, Oliver, Cardiff-based like me. Now we waited for their furnit
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Rock Lobster (Issue: 111)


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Extract: The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise (Issue: 111)

Extract from Crystal Jeans' debut novel The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise
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Sicilian Driftwood (Issue: 110)

For me he’ll always be the old man. I found this in one of those Moleskine notebooks, part of that hoard he left.
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Mr Wolf (Issue: 110)

I was only one person, and even that was often too many.
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Family (Issue: 110)

He’d slept badly, as he always did at his parents’ house, and had woken to find Anna propped on one elbow, staring into his face.
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Somersault: Coming of Age Memoir (Issue: 110)

This year it turned ten years since my last in school. It was the year of new driving licenses, Stax soul, and Liverpool’s epic Champions League comeback against AC Milan
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My Bukowski (Issue: 109)

Story by Crystal Jeans
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Star-Shot (Issue: 109)

Preview novel extracts by Mary-Ann Constantine
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The Always Puzzle of Living and Doing (Issue: 109)

A story by Daniel Jones
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Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life by Eluned Gramich (Issue: 107)


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Desire Line (Issue: 107)

Novel extract by Gee Williams.
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My Falling Down House (Issue: 107)

A novel extract by Jayne Joso.
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An Elephant in Aberaeron (Issue: 107)

Story by Tristan Hughes.
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The Return of Spring (Issue: 106)

Winning story, by Jan Newton, in the English category of the Allen Raine Short Story Competition, 2014, awarded in November.
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Something Black Was Showing (Issue: 106)

A novel extract from Katherine Stansfield.
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Mr Bennett Regrets (Issue: 106)

A Ghost Story by Tiffany Murray.
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Sker (Issue: 106)

Sker: text by Robert Minhinnick with photos by Eamon Bourke.
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Not OK Cupid (Issue: 105)

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Second in a series of very funny and extremely dirty twists on classical myths, first performed at Heartspoken, Cardiff; a follow up to Joâo Morais’ ‘Oedipux Rex’. Presented at Heartspoken, a love-related literary night at the Kuk
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Inside Out (Issue: 105)

Jeremy Hughes’ account of life in Cardiff prison
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Monthly Payments (Issue: 105)

Short Story by Candy Neubert
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Plunder (Issue: 105)

Short Story by João Morais.
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Fox Man (Issue: 105)

Short Story by Jayne Joso.
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The River’s Mutterings (Issue: 104)

Jack Smylie Wild goes in search of waterways that inspired Dylan Thomas
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The Key (Issue: 104)

Story by Jo Mazelis
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White Food (Issue: 104)

New story by Kate Hamer.
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Dangerous Asylums (Issue: 104)

Rob Mimpriss showcases fiction inspired by a hundred years of records at Denbigh mental hospital.
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The Collector (Issue: 103)

Dan Anthony's narrator collects stories written on serviettes in an Alicante cafe, stories of Karl-Heinz's onanism and its effect of Pepito the dog, and Luis the painter of plein-air painters.
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The Munificence of the Brittany Sun (Issue: 103)

She had been watching him for years. He went straight into the water, swam one hundred metres out to the rocks, returned and dried himself. He looked at his watch, timed himself fifteen minutes on his front, fifteen on his back, put on his linen shirt, st
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Snakes and Ladders (Issue: 103)

In Ellie Rees' moving, mature memoir the landscapes of the Bristol Channel evoke tragedy and awaken a writer
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Two White, One Blue (Issue: 103)

New short story by Alan Bilton.
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Johnny Dangerously (Issue: 103)

New short story by Lisa Blower
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Split Me In Two, Gareth Moon (Issue: 103)

New short story by Crystal Jeans.
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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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Preview extract from the novel Hummingbird (Issue: R16)

An exclusive extract from Tristan Hughes’ novel, Hummingbird, published by Parthian next month
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My Milltir Sgwâr (Issue: r12)

Ellie Rees deep maps the Welsh coastline and weighs the merits of a superficially ‘confining’ view of landscape, through history
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Latitude 51 Degrees North Longitude 4 Degrees West (Issue: r12)

Jane Fraser on the conversation between Nigel Jenkins’ Real Gower and her own short fiction
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Cove (Issue: r12)

The author was hit by a squall out of the blue while kayaking on Cardigan Bay. This was the inspiration for his novel, published 3 November, excerpted in the current issue, New Welsh Reader 112. A longer extract appears as 'The Edge of the Shoal' in The
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