Issue 22,

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New Welsh Review 22, Autumn 1993


The National Centre for Literature (Robin Reeves)
The National Centre for Literature was the imaginative centrepiece of Swansea's successful bid to host the Arts Council of Great Britain's 1995 Year of Literature, and one of the main reasons it was able to beat off the competition from other parts of the more...


Startled by the Visible by Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis pays tribute to Dannie Abse in his 70th year.
Journals from the ant heap by Dannie Abse
A preview of a new selection from the author's diaries, where he reveals his thoughts, activities and concerns in his 70th year.
A tale of collaboration not conflict with the 'people of the book' by Leo Abse
The author condemns a new history of the Jews of South Wales for failing to recognise that the really significant relationships between Jewish immigrants and the host community lay beyond the ghettos of the synagogue and the pawnshop.
Gwyn Thomas's American 'Oscar' by Victor Golightly
The author looks into the background of Gwyn Thomas's short story Oscar and finds it was written by a young man whose American models were not so much influences as fixations and indulgences.
A selected exit in daily conventions by Peter Stead
The author explains why BBC Wales's TV adaptation of Gwyn Thomas's autobiography, A Few Selected Exits, failed to excite him.
Remembered and ignored, celebrated and forgotten by Lesley Grant-Adamson
The author explores Andalucia in a bid to discover more about the world of murdered writer Frederico Garcia Lorca.
'...remember a sad breeze among the olives' by H G A Hughes
The author pays tribute to Merryn Williams's new translations of the poems of Frederico Garcia Lorca.
Welsh writer with his eye on an Irish audience by Judith Maro
The author profiles Harri Pritchard Jones, chairman of Yr Academi Gymreig on his 60th birthday.
The press of performance and debate by Phil Maillard
Phil Maillard profiles one of the most successful pioneers of creative writing classes in south Wales, the writer and poet, Chris Torrance.
I've seen the future, and it's not The Works by Chris Bendon
The author discusses the future of the book in the face of modern technological developments.
Wales playhouse series captures where we're at by John Gower
Broadcasting Notes


Women of a certain age by Glenda Beagan
End of season by Ron Berry
The compo men by Robert Morgan
Evening by Paul Bhogal


Poems by :
Alison Bielski
Dannie Abse
Roland Mathias
John Powell Ward
Jean Earle
John Ackerman
Paul Henry
John Freeman
D J Thorp
John Gurney
Helen Kitson
Eugene Dubnov
Jeremy Hughes
Angela Savage
Christine McNeill
Marilyn Jenkins
John Greening
Gillian Walker
Gene Groves
Bill Cowee


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The University College Swansea: An Illustrated History by David Dykes
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Wales in America by William D Jones
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Press, Politics and Society: A History of Journalism in Wales by Aled Jones
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Goliath: Britain's dangerous places by Beatrice Campbell
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Caradoc Evans: Selected stories by Ed. by John Harris
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The New Poetry by Ed. by Michael Hulse, David Kennedy, David Morley
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the tempers of hazard by Thomas A Clark, Barry Macsweeney, Chris Torrance
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The Irish Literary Tradition by J E Caerwyn Williams & Patrick K Ford
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The Chosen Ground: Essays on the Contemporary Poetry of Northern Ireland by Ed by Neil Corcoran
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A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems by Paul Durcan
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Irish Poetry Now: Other Voices by Ed. by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
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The Seventh Seal by Julie Rainsbury
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The Old Man of Gilfach by Eirlys Trefor
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William Carlos Williams: Paterson by Ed. by Christopher Macgowan
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Reviewed by Mercer Simpson
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Night Pleasures (New Selected Poems) by Dave Smith
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The Death of Alun Lewis - John Pikoulis

The Death of Alun Lewis - Selwyn Evans

Popular novels and creative thinking - Iris Gower

Bruce Chatwin - Dewi Roberts

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