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New Welsh Review 28, Spring 1995


A Nobel for Ronald Stuart (John Pikoulis)
With this issue, The New Welsh Review begins a campaign to secure R.S. Thomas's
nomination for the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature. The magazine itself is barred from directly forwarding a recommendation to the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy, the body responsible for awarding the literature prize. The claims of a particular candidate must be submitted by a comparable body or learned institution, by university professors of literature or of languages, by presidents of authors' organisations, or by Nobel Laureates in literature. But we intend to help form the climate of opinion which can make him a candidate for next year's prize.


Harri's secret family by Jon Dressel
Jon Dressel pays tribute to poet Harri Webb.
Completing the poetic record by Meic Stephens
As editor of the forthcoming Harri Webb collection Complete Poems Meic Stephens will show the full range of Harri Webb's writing in one volume.
Notes on Surrealism by Glyn Jones
In celebration of Glyn Jones's ninetieth birthday, we publish for the first time an English translation of an article he wrote in 1937 for Tir Newydd, a Welsh language literary journal of the period.
'Exhausted tradition' bites back by
Readers respond to the article in the previous issue of New Welsh Review by Ian Gregson of UW Bangor's English Department in which he accused Wales's English-language poets of writing out of "an exhausted tradition".
'Eggs laid by tigers' by Victor Golightly
An exploration of Dylan Thomas's first steps as a writer through his contributions to the Swansea Grammar School Magazine.
At 'Dame' school with Dylan by Joan A Hardy
The author recalls her friendship at primary school with "a pale, thin little boy with an incredible halo of blonde curls".
Visionary glimpses of eternity by John Ackerman
The author looks at the life of poet Vernon Watkins and in particular the influence of the Gower peninsular on his work.
Eastern approaches, Western promise: poets of Swansea after Dylan by James A Davies
A critical essay exploring the poetry of Swansea poets that have come after 'Swansea's most famous son'.
Towards a movie-made Wales by Peter Stead
The author argues that cinema is now crucial to our understanding of modern Wales.
A novelist at the cinema by Stephen Ridgwell
Reading Jack Jones's unpublished 1930s novel Shadow Show, leads Stephen Ridgwell to discover the early years of the cinema.
The Titan of Blaenau Ffestiniog by Trefor Edwards
The author relives his friendship with John Cowper Powys during the writer's last years.
The Headless, Sick and Paper Dragon by Jon Gower
Broadcasting Notes.


The Widow Makers by Alun Richards
The living have a job of work to do by Graham Allen
The Enemy Within by Herbert Williams


Poems by :
Nigel Jenkins
J C Evans
Penny Windsor
Sally Roberts Jones
Brian Smith
Steve Short
Lloyd Rees
Gary Ley
Naomi Snelling
J Kier Hardie
Harri Webb
Robert Minhinnick
John Powell Ward
Janet Dube


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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays by Ed. by Tony Brown
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The Unexplored Ocean by Catherine Fisher
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The Memory Tray by Deryn Rees-Jones
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A Dyfed Quartet by Chris Bendon
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Crashing the Moon by Penny Windsor
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Conquerors and Conquered in Medieval Wales by Ralph A Griffiths
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Love and War by Sian James
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The Art of Seamus Heaney by Ed. by Tony Curtis
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The Frost Family's Adventure in Poetry by Lesley Lee Francis
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Tramps, Workmates and Revolutionaries: Working-class Stories of the 1920s by Ed. by H Gustav Klaus
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In the Dark by Robert Morgan
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Twelve Tales of Good Women and the Thirteenth Tale by Maureen Brancaleone
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Wales on the Western Front by Ed. by John Richards
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The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer
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Cyfriniaeth Gymraeg by R M Jones
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Nest of Vipers by Linda Davies
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Soiled Roots by Rodney Aitchtey
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A Short Primer in Vice by John Harrison
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Blue by Yass
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Introducing Kivi by Anthony James
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The Makings of a 'valleys boy' - Angela John

Shakespeare's signature? - Jeremy Griffiths

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