Issue 17,

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New Welsh Review 17, Summer 1992


Editorial (Robin Reeves)
The Government's creation of a Department of National Heritage with responsibility for the arts, broadcasting and sport is an intriguing development. It creates for the first time in Britain an institution with which most other member countries of the European Community have long been familiar, namely a Ministry of Culture. In so far as it should increase the political clout of these reflective aspects of any healthy modern society, it holds out the promise of significantly increased resources for the arts, including literature.


The kebbabing of Neil Kinnock by Richard Jones
Richard Jones ponders the anti-Welshness of the English in the wake of the recent general election campaign and the treatment of the leader of the opposition.
Fathers and Sons by Patrick Crotty
An exploration of tradition and identity in Anglo-Irish poetry and its obsession with continuity.
On the rampage by Nicholas Murray
A review of a new collection of critical essays on poetry and the nation state, Minotaur: Poetry and the Nation State by Tom Paulin.
The lack of the feminine by Anthony Conran
Anthony Conran has noticed a lack of a feminine voice in Welsh literature after Heledd in the Lywarch Hen cycles of the ninth century. He explores why.
Taliesin's essence by Rodney Aitchtey & Tim Saunders
The legendary 6th century Welsh poet, Taliesin, continues to exert a strong fascination upon adults and children alike. Rodney Aitchtey discusses two recent books on his poetry and Tim Saunders reviews The Summer Stars, a novel about his life and times.
A literature of three languages by Ifor Thomas & Merryn Williams
For poets in Scotland there are three languages - Scots, Gaelic and English. Which do they use and why? Ifor Thomas seeks the answer in a new anthology of Scottish poetry. Merryn Williams explores a new collection of contemporary Scots verse.
Word and silence by Jeremy Hooker
The author reviews two books on religious language wihch both touch on the condition of Wales, Praise Above All, by A M Allchin and From Fantasy to Faith by D Z Phillips.
The art of Frank Roper by Rosemary Markham
Focus on Penarth-based sculptor, Frank Roper who has created an extensive body of work in Wales over the past forty years.
Whale Oil Beef Hooked...or the art of ambush by Nigel Jenkins
Nigel Jenkins, responsible for penning 'municipal graffiti' for Swansea City Council, ponders the writing on the wall.
A prize year in Welsh publishing by Harri Pritchard Jones & Barbara Dennis
The authors discuss the range of books in Welsh and in English which competed for the Welsh Arts Council's first Book of the Year competition.
Gomer's courage and innovation by Herbert Williams
In the latest in our series on Welsh publishers, Herbert Williams focuses on Gomer, Wales's largest publishing house in its centennial year.
Who's really in control? by Jon Gower
Broadcasting notes.


Barbecue by Catherine Merriman
A failed saint by Adrian Vincent
Grandmother by Marjorie Dickinson


Poems by :
Stuart Hoskins
Seamus Heaney
Michael Longley
Simon Curtis
Frances Sackett
Chris Bendon
Penny Windsor
R N Allan
Rowena Hulton
Catherine Merriman
Sally Carr
Robert Radcliffe
P A Pugh
Tim Liardet


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bookshop, by simply clicking on the 'buy now' icon. For any that
are unavailable, please contact the publishers or ask in your local
bookshop. All details were correct at the time of publication.
The world of Kate Roberts: selected stories 1925-1981 by Trans by Joseph P Clancy
Published by Temple University Press
ISBN £35.00
Reviewed by John Wain
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Hanes Cymru by John Davies
Published by Allen Lane
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Reviewed by Deian Hopkin
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Uncritical theory: Postmodernism, Intellectuals and the Gulf War by Christopher Norris
Published by Lawrence and Wishart
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Reviewed by Ian Gregson
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Wales by Peter Sager
Published by Pallas Athene
ISBN £15.99
Reviewed by Patrick Dobbs
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Concepts of Order and Gentility in Wales 1540-1640 by J Gwynfor Jones
Published by Gomer
ISBN £15.95
Reviewed by John Davies
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Grandchildren of Albion by Ed by Michael Horovitz
Published by New Departures
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Perdido by Chase Twichell
Published by Faber
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Forever, For Now by Louis Daniel Brodsky
Published by Time Being Books
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Poems 1976 - 1986 by Margaret Atwood
Published by Virago
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Fretwork by David Barnett
Published by Passenger Pigeon Press
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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Rain Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems by Ted Hughes
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Reviewed by Peter Finch
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A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writing of Charles and Mary Lamb by Jane Aaron
Published by Clarendon Press
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Reviewed by Deirdre Beddoe
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Abbeys and Priories of Wales by Rod Cooper
Published by Christopher Davies
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Reviewed by Tim McCormick
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Publishing in Wales - Sally Roberts Jones

Never Mind the shape, count the onji - Nigel Jenkins

Traditional Haiku on the rocks - Peter Finch

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