Issue 31,

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New Welsh Review 31, Winter 1995


Ken Saro-Wiwa (Robin Reeves)
It is savage comment on today's world that the closing weeks of Swansea's U.K. Year of Literature should be marked by the murder of one of its patrons - Ken Saro-Wiwa - and ten of his compatriots by the Nigerian military dictatorship. Aged 54, Ken Saro-Wiwa also achieved notable success as university lecturer, government administrator and businessman, but his first love was writing. He published 22 books embracing all genres of literature. They included four novels, a poetry collection, two books of short stories, three on general topics, two volumes of drama, a volume on folklore and nine children's books. His most highly regarded work, Sazaboy: A Novel in Rotten English is a wryly ironic portrait of the endemic corruption of the more...


The people' s remembrancer by Gwyn Pritchard
The funeral oration for distinguished Welsh historian, Gwyn A Williams, as delivered by Gwyn Pritchard, BBC Head of Welsh Programmes.
A large shadow in history's fierce afterglow by Hywel Teifi Edwards
The author pays a personal tribute to Gwyn A Williams and his 'life-enhancing' books.
Was Sir Kingsley Amis a Swansea Jack? by Peter Stead
Peter Stead looks back on the life of the distinguished English novelist.
Too clever to be a novelist? by Richard Jones
Richard Jones isn't impressed by Martin Amis's latest novel, The Information, finding his novels '...the literary equivalent of an ectopic pregnancy'.
The poetry of the dump: a retrospective by Tony Conran
Tony Congran argues that Welsh poets need to shake off their sense that Wales has become a rubbish dump and rediscover their sense of citizenship.
Knowing the Difference: A Comparative Case by Jane Aaron
Jane Aaron looks at the parallels between the cultural experience of American Blacks and the Welsh, with the help of Colored People by Chair of Afro-American studies at Harvard, Henry Louis Gates, Jnr.
Roland Mathias by Raymond Garlick, Sally Roberts Jones & Jeremy Hooker
The authors pay tribute to one of Wales's leading men of letters on his 80th birthday.
Remembering David Jones by Neil Corcoran
In David Jones's centenary year, Neil Corcoran discusses his experience of David Jones's writing and illustrations, and reviews two new books about him, David Jones: A Fusilier at the Front, and David Jones: The Maker Unmade.
Wales, war and the waste-paper basket by John Edwards
John Edwards celebrates the centenary of the birth of Robert Graves, with a happy recollection.
Fury Never Left Him by Barbara Prys-Williams
the author investigates the early life of Cardoc Evans, widely regarded as the founding father of Anglo-Welsh literature to discover why he wrote with such ferocious emotional power.
Salem: A painting by Curnow Vosper (1866-1942) by Hugh Price
The author explores the amibiguity of this famous painting.
Given written words their due place by Jon Gower
A round-up of broadcast media.
Homage in Catalonia by Yvette Vaughan-Jones
Theatre companies and other artists from Wales participated in the first Wales-in-Catalonia Arts Festival, raising questions about the character and value of cultural exchange.
Eight deaths in ... Barcelona, Cardiff, Madrid by Suzanne Wales
Suzanne Wales reports from Barcelona on the 'work in progress' collaboration between Catalan company La Furadels Baus and Brith Gof.
The language of movement by Mark Jenkins
A review of new plays in Wales including Frantic Theatre's Look Back in Anger and Volcano's How to Live.
Theatre as forum by Hazel Walford Davies
Playwright Dic Edwards discusses his poetry,the movement for the creation of a Welsh National Theatre and the controversy surrounding his new play Lola Brecht.


Winter Chilling by Kate Scarratt
Family Ties by P G Thomas
Ghosts of Palagonia by Maureen Brancaleone
Cardiff '64 by Robert Nisbet


Poems by :
Caryl Ward
Mike Jenkins
William Greenaway
Penny Windsor
Victor Golightly
Robert Minhinnick
Deborah Davies
Jeremy Hooker
Jeremy Hughes
Ifor Thomas
Norman Schwenk
Michael Lenihan
Richard Poole
Gee Williams
Sally Roberts Jones
Michael Daugherty
Diane Fahey
Kenneth C Steven


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