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New Welsh Reader 109, Autumn 2015


Editorial:


Falling Storeys or Tall Stories (Gwen Davies)
Last year the author and translator Richard Gwyn returned from extensive travel throughout Latin America as a Creative Wales Ambassador for the Arts Council of Wales, researching among other things his forthcoming anthology of Hispanic poetry in translation for Seren. In the first of our online supplements on 1 July, he wrote of the ‘epiphany’ of discovering such writers from the region as Borges and García Márquez, and how that ‘opened the doors to different perceptions of reality, in which the frail membrane separating one world… was always permeable…. Everything was a fiction. This was a model, I believed, that could be applied to almost anything: culture, language, philosophy… it was almost, but not quite, a religion.’ Gwyn last summer recorded an extended conversation with the Scottish translator of both so-called magic realist authors, Alastair Reid, weeks before his death. Reid repeated a refrain of his essays, borne out by years living among villagers of the Dominican Republic. Nothwithstanding the risk of First World ‘ethnocentrism’, which Gwyn acknowledges, this observation concerned ‘the reluctance of Latin Americans in general (not just authors) to discriminate between what “actually” happened, and what might have happened under other circumstances. Thus life (and storytelling) is a continuous weave of memory, confabulation and invention.’

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Regulars

Rich Text: The Sentimental Poppy John Barnie condemns the willed commemoration of wars that should be forgotten as a political construction read more...


Essays

Private Murphy Peter E Murphy’s military family memoir read more...
One Hundred Percent a Welsh Nationalist Oliver Bevington on David Jones read more...
Caradoc Evans, The Father of Welsh Literature in English? Huw Lawrence assesses My People on the centenary of its publication read whole article...


Creative

The Always Puzzle of Living and Doing Daniel Jones read more...
Star-Shot Preview novel extracts by Mary-Ann Constantine read more...
My Bukowski Crystal Jeans read more...


Poetry

Windmills
David Foster-Morgan read more...
The Entertainer
David Foster-Morgan read more...
Morning Prayer
James Davey read more...
Two Piano Tuners
Philip Burton read more...
The Centre
Polly Atkin read more...
The Fledge
Polly Atkin read more...
Treehouse
Clare Booker read more...
The Perfectionist’s Wife
Sara Backer read more...
Lego Blue
Stav Poleg read more...




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