Issue 61,

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New Welsh Review 61, Autumn 2003


How Black is Noir? (Francesca Rhyddech)
It takes a brave critic to identify trends in contemporary Welsh writing. Half the books you are dealing with have hardly been reviewed yet, let alone penetrated the academic, cultural and critical consciousness which has dominated debates on Welsh writing in English. This difficulty is compounded by the evident shifts in cultural and civic identity which have taken place since the establishment of the National Assembly, and the re-focusing of external perceptions of more...


A Belated Rise to Fame by Peter Lord
Peter Lord reviews the National Museum's Thomas Jones exhibition and questions the value of connoisseurial art criticism. He believes '...that pictures have no essential meaning and no intrinsic quality. A picture is a silent partner in a dialogue with the sentient.'
Not Going Gently: a place called dying, a time called living by Kaite O'Reilly
Kaite O'Reilly reflects on her experience of editing Shelf Life, a collection of creative work by a group of new writers with predetermined or shortened life expectancy.
Hearing Voices by Stevie Davies
From history, via fiction to radio drama, Stevie Davies relates her experiences of researching and writing on women's voices from the 17th century.
The Case of the Vanishing Hero by John Pikoulis
A profile of Richard Lewis Davies, founder and Publishing Director of Parthian Press.
Dylan's Forgotten Mornings by David N. Thomas
Colin Edward's taped interviews with relatives and friends of Dylan Thomas were donated to the National Library of Wales in 1996. In this article David Thomas, who edited the collection to be published by Seren in 2004, focuses on the importance of Dylan Thomas's 'square mile' and the web of family relationships into which he was born.


Living in Hope by Gee Williams
The Day I Was Eaten by a Lion by Rhys Thomas
Noi by Huw Lawrence


Poems by :
Welsh Writers against the War:
Gillian Clarke
Stevie Davies
Menna Elfyn
Richard Jones
Fiona Owen
Owen Sheers
Cardiff International Poetry Competition Prize winners:
Emma Jones
Jamie Walsh
Jenny Swann


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Selected work '95-'98 by Ed Thomas
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Reviewed by Alyce von Rothkirch
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Poems for Dylan by Vernon Watkins
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Reviewed by Victor Golightly
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The Pterodactyl's Wing by Richard Gwyn (Ed)
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Reviewed by Richard Poole
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The Red Rubber Ball of Happiness by Frances Williams
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bbboing! and associated weirdness by Lloyd Robson
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Reviewed by John Harrison
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Reviewed by John Harrison
To the God of Rain by Tim Liardet
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The Everyday Apocalypse by David Lloyd
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Reviewed by Matthew Jarvis
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The Gospel According to Frank by David Lloyd
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Ghosts of the Old Year: New Welsh Short Fiction by Not supplied
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Reviewed by Stephen Wade
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The Prince of Wales by John Williams
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Fire Mountain: How One Man Survived the World's Worst Volcanic Disaster by Peter Morgan
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Reviewed by Jon Gower
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Who Speaks for Wales? Nation, Culture, Identity: Raymond Williams by Daniel Williams (Ed)
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Reviewed by Dai Smith
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History and Legend: Writing the International Brigades by Robert Stradling
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Reviewed by Stephen Wade
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Blue: 101 haiku, senryu and tanka by Nigel Jenkins
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Reviewed by Richard Poole
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How Glass Becomes Sand by A.L. Doughty
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War Archives, Editorial NWR 60 - Nigel Jarrett

Punters by Herbert Williams - Richard Jones

Dylan Thomas sketch - Meic Stephens

Lynette Roberts - Isabel Adonis

Wales, the Anglo-Welsh literary magazine - John Idris Jones

'The Last Days of Dolwen' - Dewi Roberts

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