Issue 103,

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New Welsh Review 103, Spring 2014


Editorial:


Snow Geese (Gwen Davies)

‘Flight’. ‘Ice’. ‘Mirrors’. ‘Mirrors’. ‘Ice’. ‘Flight’. The American writer, Rebecca Solnit, loves repeating titles in her essay collections, and her latest, The Faraway Nearby, is no exception. These doppelgängers are one of her techniques (another is tricks with footers, including the longest footnote-story I’ve seen since Stephen Knight’s Mr Schnitzel) for taking her readers on a circular journey. Or, to match up the metaphors, promising them a return ticket.


I was working on NWR 103, uplifted by David Tipling’s cover photo of Snow Geese, as The Faraway Nearby kept me company at home. The latter brought the issue’s themes into focus. These are flight, and the kind of imaginative soaring that resulted in our ancestors inventing shape-shifters, and someone like Johnny Dangerously (see Lisa Blower’s story on page 53) springing from the mind of a troubled boy and the pen of a BBC National Short Story nominee. Flying symbolises change, choice, a route to freedom and independence, where the opposite path leads to constraint (and going nowhere means stasis).

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Regulars

Can Larks Fly Backwards Gwyneth Lewis on birds & poets read more...
Hay International Writing Fellow Fflur Dafydd in Segovia, Mexico read more...
Rich Text Kaite O'Reilly on Welsh Noh & Japanese aesthetics read more...


Essays

My Year as an Island John Harrison on surviving throat cancer read more...
Molly Drake: How Wild the Wind Blows Charlotte Greig on how the songs of Molly Drake brought home her own colonial heritage read more...
Fetch the Critic Kevin Mills on poets Ciaran Carson & Christine Evans read more...


Creative

Split me in Two, Gareth Moon Story by Crystal Jeans read more...
Johnny Dangerously Story by Lisa Blower read more...
Two White, One Blue Story by Alan Bilton read more...


Poetry


Handsfree: Tightropes
Alison McVety read more...
Truck Poem
Kaitlin Dyer read more...
Thoughts on the Pastor's Smile
Victor Rodríguez Núñez (translation Stuart Mudie) read more...
The Entertainers
Benjamin Palmer read more...
Joseph Cornell's 'Untitled (Great Horned Owl with Harvest Moon)'
Benjamin Palmer
Cities Unvisited
Richard Gwyn read more...


Reviews


Athene Palace: Hitler's 'New Order' Comes to Rumania by RG Waldeck
Steven Lovatt read more...

Poetry, Geography, Gender: Women Rewriting Contemporary Wales by Alice Entwistle
Steven Lovatt read more...

American Smoke by Iain Sinclair
Paul Cooper read more...

Red Eye by Iain Sinclair
Paul Cooper read more...

The Shape of a Forest by Jemma L King
Paul Cooper read more...

The Colour of Dawn by Yanick Lahens (trans Alison Layland)
Suzy Ceulan Hughes read more...

Your Brother's Blood (The Walkin' Trilogy) by Dave Towsey
Gee Williams read more...

Everything I have Almost Forgotten by Owain Hughes
Tristan Hughes read more...

Amy Dillwyn by David Painting
Claire Pickard read more...

Mistaken for Art or Rubbish (Has Doubts, Vol 1) by Alexander Velky
Joâo Morais read more...

The Tip of my Tongue (And Some Other Weapons As Well by Trezza Azzopardi
Cathryn A Charnell-White read more...

Relationships with Pictures: An Oblique Autobiography by Peter Lord
Anna Kiernan read more...



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