Issue 13,

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New Welsh Review 13, Summer 1991


Editorial (Micheal Parnell)
A new editor doesn't have to cast about very far for something to say; his first two duties are plainly to look briefly backwards and then to 'set out his stall' (does the phrase ring a bell?). First, the Editor is dead; long live the Editor! So be it, but of course the lady is not dead, only retiring from this chair in order to concentrate on her own writing and on the exceptionally demanding task of being head of the English department at Lampeter; Belinda Humfrey remains a member of the Editorial Board, and the New Welsh Review, of which she is the founding mother and virtually sole creator, will continue to benefit from her advice and help. In the three years since she gathered about herself a team of supporters from the Welsh Academy and the University's Association for the Study of Welsh Writing in English to persuade the Welsh Arts Council to fund the new journal, her achievement has been great, and I think all those in Wales and outside it who have had anything to do with NWR will wish me to record our gratitude to her for her dedication and success in a very difficult, time-consuming and not always sufficiently appreciated job.


An Exchange of Love Poems by Freda Ackroyd
The author tells of her deep love for poet Alun Lewis and explores the development of their relationship through the exchange of love poems.
Alun Lewis: The Manchester Stories by K Devine
The author takes a look at Alun Lewis's prose and poetry contributions to The Serpent, his student magazine in Manchester, and finds that the important concerns of his later work were already present in his thinking.
The Relentlessness of Emyr Humphreys by M Wynn Thomas
The author reviews Bonds of Attachment, Humphrey's seventh and concluding novel in an epic series spanning twenty years, exploring the influence of the myths of King Arthur and the Mabinogion on his work.
Talking Not Singing by Dannie Abse
Dannie Abse reviews The Bright Field edited by Meic Stephens, reflecting on the Welshness of a poetry anthology of work by twenty six Welsh poets writing in English.
Railway King & Coal Tycoon by Richard Jones
Richard Jones in discussion with Herbert Williams, author of Davies the Ocean, a biography of Welsh philanthropist David Davies.


None Else of Name by Ian Skidmore
Quiet Keith by Roger Granelli
Husbands and Children by Joan Barron


Poems by :
Joan Downar
John Stuart Williams
Gillian Clarke
Sue Moules
Mike Jenkins
Herbert Williams
Peter Gruffydd
Huw Watkins
John Beynon
Raymond Garlick
David Powell
Barry Simner
Andrew Gibbons
Lloyd M Rees
Rosemary Evans
Dafydd Wyn
Robert Morgan
D A Evans
David Wilson
John Mason
Simon Curtis
Ian Parkes
Damian Velarde
G S Sharat Chandre
Penny Windsor
Gene Groves
Stan Thomas


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