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New Welsh Review 64, Summer 2004



'Hiraeth' and a new cultural ecology (Francesca Rhydderch)
On May 1st, the day on which ten 'new' countries gained accession to the European Union, I was amazed to read reports that Plaid Cymru were expressing concern that an enlarged Union would result in fewer opportunities for minority cultures such as Wales. Such narrow political sentiment seemed a poignant expression of the failure of the party to develop an intellectual discourse for the twenty-first century capable of encompassing an increasingly complex and cosmopolitan modern Welsh identity. read more...


'The Shape-shifter's Kingdom' by Patrick McGuinness
A review of new collections by Gwyneth Lewis and Robert Minhinnick. Both include translations from Welsh into English, and Patrick McGuinness considers what can sometimes be a 'fraught' and culturally-loaded process.
'Quietly as Snow' by Walford Davies
Gwydion Thomas, the only child of R.S. Thomas and artist M.E. Eldridge, talks to Walford Davies about his experiences as the son of artistic parents, and discusses the interrelationship of their respective fields in their creative partnership. Among other things, he argues that the artistic output of his mother has yet to be accorded the critical attention it deserves, and he also reflects upon the tensions of the public persona and private life of R.S. Thomas.
From Hay-on-Wye to the Haymarket Riots by Daniel Williams
While Hay-on-Wye has become famous for its literary connections, it is a little-known fact that the town claims a significant place in the life and work of American novelist William Dean Howells, contempory of Henry James and Mark Twain. In this article, Daniell Williams explores Howells' Welsh roots and considers the ways in which the author used his ethnicity to challenge the widely-held view that Americans were 'the English race in the United States'.
Sleeping with the Enemy by Grahame Davies
Grahame Davies was recently awarded an Academi Writer's Bursary in order to enable him to produce an English-language version of his novel Rhaid i Bopeth Newid. In this article he reflects on the tensions of becoming a writer who works in both languages.


In Leading Reins by Stevie Davies
Underground by Brian George
The Tao of Silk by Donna Evans


Poems by :
Sam Adams
Ruth Bidgood
Paul Henry
Stevie Krayer
Jo Mazelis
Richard Poole
Zoë Skoulding
Ifor Thomas
Cardiff International Poetry Competition winners 2004
Anne-Marie Fyfe
Stephen Duncan
William Hampton


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Selected Poems by R.S. Thomas
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Collected Later Poems 1988-2000 by R.S. Thomas
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Dyn yr Eiliad by Owen Martell
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Medicine in Wales c. 1800-2000 by Anne Borsay (Ed)
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The Poems of Rowan Williams by Rowan Williams
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The Hare That Hides Within by Anne Cluysenaar and Norman Schwenk (Eds)
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O My Swan by Fiona Owen
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Imagining the Full Hundred by Fiona Owen
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Cyfaredd y Cysgodion: Delweddu Cyrmru ar Ffilm, 1935-1951 by Gwenno Ffrancon
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Gaudier-Brzeska: An Absolute Case of Genius by Paul O'Keeffe
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Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Alberto Manguel
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As I Was a Boy Fishing by Lewis Davies
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For Anatole's Tomb by Stephane Mallarme translated with an introduction by Patrick McGuinness
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The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
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An Underworld at War by Donald Thomas
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Deception in War by Jon Latimer
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Behind You! by Ruth Morgan
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Billy Jones, Dog Star by Sian Lewis
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Merlin Wakes by Graham Howells
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A Wind from the Sea by Jennifer Morgan
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Weird Tales from the Storyteller by Daniel Morden, illustrations Jac Jones
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Second Thoughts by Neil Nuttall and Andy Hawkins
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'So Whats's This National Theatre Debate?' (NWR 63) - Geraint Talfan Davies

Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group - Tom Cheesman

Welsh Kitsch - Leonora Brito
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