Issue 54,

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New Welsh Review 54, Winter 2001


Prologue to an adventure (Victor Golightly)
These are grave times, and naturally the contents of this issue of New Welsh Review are marked by terrible events and the awareness of what may befall our intricately interlinked world in the weeks and months to come. I say naturally, because there were no editorial nudges to contributors. When one reads the publications of Wales from the 1930s, such as Keidrych Rhys's Wales, or the Swansea and West Wales Guardian (to think of two to which Dylan Thomas contributed), the longing for peace and social justice, and the terrible weight of foreboding, are still clear and dominant tones. The writers of Wales expressed their responses to the times with dignity and passion, and some of their voices still echo in this issue of New Welsh more...


Illuminations of all the mind by Nathalie Wourm
Nathalie Wourm interviews Samantha Wynne Rydderch about Welshness in an international setting and about her life.
A colonial raider in London by Chris Wigginton
Chris Wigginton interviews Iain Sinclair about his works, life and politics.
R. S. in Munich by Johannes Gramich
Johannes Gramich looks at how R. S. Thomas is seen in the German-speaking world.
The Daughters of Uranium by Robert Minhinnick
Robert Minhinnick recounts his journey to Saskatchewan in Autumn involving planes, lightning, frozen plains, absent priests and the daughters of uranium.
Black Welsh identity: the unspeakable speaks by Isabel Adonis
Isabel Adonis explores cultural identity in terms of language, nationality and racial heritage.
A memorable Eisteddfod by Jane Aaron
Jane Aaron looks back at the Denbigh Eisteddfod and the problems and success of the events.
Listening to light, on a profoundly dark day by Rian Evans
Rian Evans on the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
'Taffy was a Welshman...' by Keith Nurse
Keith Nurse on Fleet Street's scorn and contempt for the Welsh
An American elegy by Leslie Norris
Leslie Norris writes of the centenary of a Utah mining disaster which had international significance.
Bert Trick - the original Marx Brother by Kerith Trick
Kerith Trick on 'Swansea's leading Marxist', who taught Dylan Tjomas his hatred of fascism.
Llareggub's Cyfarwydd by T. James Jones
T. James Jones on trabslating 'Under Milk Wood' (based on a paper given at the Gregynog Conference 17-19 March 2000)
In-migrations of the art kind by Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis looks at the impact on Welsh art exhibited by visiting artists from overseas.
Chapter and Verse by
A collection of short news items including:
Permanent Waves,
Wales is a nation of frustrated authors!,
New Website: arts and young people in Wales,
Book Reviews on the internet,
Roundyhouse Poetry Magazine

Dylan Thomas Celebration 2001 by Jo Furber
Jo Furber of the Dylan THomas Centre on this year's festival.
Books I Remember by Jeff Towns
Jeff Towns looks back at memorable books from his past.


The Organist by John Gower
The Collection by Carolyn Lewis
Logs by Michael Ponsford
Days of Our Lives by Andrew Williams


Poems by :
Joseph P. Clancy,
Dilys Jones,
Mike Jenkins,
John Mole,
Martin Bennett,
William Oxley,
Catherine Fisher,
Anna Bryan,
Bryn Griffiths,
Janice Moore Fuller,
Carole Bromley,
Peter Gruffydd,
Richard Poole
and Sarah Corbett


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Rockclimbing in Silk by Samantha Wynne Rydderch
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Landor's Tower by Iain Sinclair
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the Dragon Has Two Tongues: Essays on Anglo-Welsh Writers and Writing by Glyn Jones (ed. Tony Brown)
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Welsh Artists Talking by Tony Curtis
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Finders Keepers by Pamela Cockerill
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High Water by Corinne Renshaw
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The Cunning Man by Celia Rees
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No FIre, No Candle by Mary Oldham
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Mr Schnitzel by Stephen Knight
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Food by Peter Finch
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Tin Gods - Dylan Thomas by HTV Wales
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The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas by
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Unbridled Spirits by Stevie Davies
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Normal Girl by Molly Jong-Fast
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Cheet by Anna Davis
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Snake on Saturdays by Jean Gill
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A Pocket Guide to Roman Wales by William Manning
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More Fishlock's WIld Tracks by Trevor Fishlock
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The Hidden Places of Wales by Joanna Billing
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Welsh Castles by Geraint Roberts
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Welsh Place Names Unzipped by Brian Davies
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The Bridges of Wales by Gwyndaf Breese
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V. S. Naipaul at the Cheltenham Festival by
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