Issue 100,

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New Welsh Review 100, Summer 2013


Editorial:


Boing The Going, We're 100! (Gwen Davies)

MTV's recent travesty of post-industrial life, reality bonanza The Valleys, shows the danger of following the money when it comes to feeling Welsh. So does the BBC’s documentary series broadcast this spring, Great Welsh Writers, as its obsession is with mass markets. Both illustrate the ‘distorted [outsider] image’ or mirror lamented in my last editorial. Here I also took issue with ‘the mirror’s size, how shiny it is... and why we just keep looking in it.’ New Welsh Review is a mirror. On a meagre budget, we buff a sheen fit to distract readers from free online, mass- and social- media glitter. Malcolm Ballin’s study of our sector, Welsh Periodicals in English, is published in June. But Alyce von Rothkirch’s review on p122 got me worried in places. In April, recommendations will be made following the review of Welsh Books Council English-language magazines led by Tony Bianchi. WBC’s Publishing Grants Panel will announce their response to those recommendations in July. My nascent paranoia pricked to the fact that von Rothkirch is on that panel. She writes,

The trajectory of Ballin’s book... can... be summed up by the phrase ‘follow the money’. The early magazines were usually independently funded by wealthy individuals who tended to exert a considerable influence on editorial policy as editors and/or owners. Contributors were not usually paid and neither were editors. Magazines were thus often short-lived.... Later, the more significant magazines became increasingly dependent on public funding.... Nowadays, the question of which magazine receives public funding can be contentious and... there is clearly a trade-off between financial security and editorial independence. What all magazines... have in common, though, is the struggle to create an audience and to retain it, something which Ballin points out has never been easy despite the... over-optimistic hopes of enthusiastic editors. The challenge will continue as the more enterprising periodicals reach out into cyberspace.


‘Follow the money’ was the phrase here that grabbed my throat, closely followed by ‘contentious’ and ‘short-lived’. In my own reading of Ballin’s book, he underplayed the design and visual aspects of magazines, indubitably one of New Welsh Review’s strengths over the hundred issues that we are celebrating today...

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Essays

Don't Look Back in Anger Julia Forster discovers absence at the heart of six memoirs read more...
Brief as Photos Penny Simpson on the photography of Vivian Maier & Diane Arbus read more...
The Manufactured Coastscape in Wales Photo essay by Roger Tiley read more...


Creative

New Man, Neuman An Argentinian family memoir by Andrés Neuman translated by Richard Gwyn read more...
My Mary Jane Flash fiction & image by Rhian Edwards & Paul Edwards read more...
Boa Constrictor Story by Rachel Trezise in reponse to Alun Richards' Dai Country read more...
A Perfect Queen Story by Inés Garland translated by Richard Gwyn read more...
The Anatomy of a Beating Story by João Morais read more...
Lifeboat Flash Fiction by Cynan Jones read more...
The Tapas Machine Flash Fiction by Lloyd Robson read more...
Tokyo Spaces Memoir by Jayne Joso read more...
The Rice Paper Diaries Novel extract by Francesca Rhydderch read more...

Poems


Dalkey, Regent's Canal (by Danbury Street) and Rain at Hand
Jorge Fondebrider, translated by Richard Gwyn read more...
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Maria Apichella read more...
Myth
Bruce Bond read more...
View of Valleys High Street through a Café Window
Jonathan Edwards read more...


Reviews


All the Souls, Stories of the Living & The Dead by Mary-Ann Constantine
Jemma L King read more...

Baader-Meinhof and the Novel, Narratives of the Nation/Fantasies of the Revolution, 1970-2010 by Julian Preece
Chris Keil read more...

Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape by Jay Griffiths
Jem Poster read more...

Snowdon, The Story of a Mountain by Jim Perrin
Jem Poster read more...

Bird, Blood, Snow by Cynan Jonesl
Cathryn A Charnell-White read more...

A Welsh Witch, A Romance of Rough Places by Allen Raine
Steven Lovatt read more...

The Village by Nikita Lalwani
Rachel Stenner read more...

The Museum of Disappearing Sounds by Zoë Skoulding
Kym Martindale read more...

A Symphony of Horrors by Mark Ryan
Niall Griffiths read more...

RS Thomas, Serial Obsessive by M Wynn Thomas
John Barnie read more...

Say Goodbye to the Boys by Mari Stead Jones
Crystal Jeans read more...

Welsh Periodicals in English, 1882-2012 by Malcolm Ballin
Alyce von Rothkirch read more...

My Heart on My Sleeve, 14 Stories of Love from Wales Janet Thomas (ed.) & Cathryn A Charnell-White (trans. & ed.) read more...





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