Issue 117,

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New Welsh Reader 117, Summer 2018


Letter to RS Powell (Gwen Davies)

Dear Mr RS Powell

Thanks for your letter recalling my cri de coeur (editorial, NWR 112, autumn 2016), in the wake of the EU referendum. You rightly mention that it ‘call[s] for people to commit to the culture of Wales, with the NWR offering part of the solution to populism and Anglocentrism.’

I’m sorry that you feel the magazine is not ‘more effective in that’, while acknowledging that ‘it’s a lot to ask’. My regret is deeper that you wish to cancel your subscription. I hope you’ll understand how pressure on my time and resources requires that I recycle this editorial as my reply, but I cannot afford to spend energy on a dead end but rather need to make it pay. Regarding recycling, this practice comes recommended by my writers, who are partial to submitting their novel-in-progress (perhaps set in Canada) in response to a well-paid commission, for example to respond to a Welsh-classic-inspired title (such as one by Richard Hughes). Or those contributors who refuse review commissions unless they already happen to be reading that book.

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