Issue 73,

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New Welsh Review 73, Autumn 2006


Wales Through The Looking Glass (Tristan Hughes)
Early on in Mihangel Morgan's Melog, Dr Jones, its protagonist, makes a very significant literary discovery:
Strange things were happening to Dr Jones. To begin with - and who is to say that this was not the starting point? - he had read an article - he could not remember what it was about - by Borges, in which he mentions Zeno of Elea …read more...


Double Acts and Distorting Mirrors by Christopher Meredith
The novelist and poet discusses his translation of Mihangel Morgan's Melog: a book that he describes as 'obsessive in its imagery and patterning' as well as 'crammed with Welsh cultural references' . Literary translation, Meredith discovers, is an intense and interrogative kind of reading.
Mr Vogal by Lloyd Jones
A humourously honest account of how the author came to write his first novel in the form of 'gonzo picaresque', and a meditation on such subjects as Wales, middle age and being a 'blydi mutant'.
The Dulling of Ploughshares by Will Atkins
The former fiction editor of Seren looks at two comic writers of the so-called 'dime thriller': Malcolm Pryce and Jasper Fforde. Are they parodists or pasticheurs, or is their work more about farce and satire?
A Writer's Writer by Malcolm Pryce on Robert Sheckley
Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Gwyneth Lewis
New National Poet for Wales by
Professor Gwyn Thomas is announced as the next national Poet for Wales.


The Tide Goes Out by Lloyd Jones
novel extract

The King of The Forest by Tiffany Murray
Caught in the Loop by Claudia Rapport


Poems by :
Sophie Hannah
Oliver Reynolds
Lynne Rees
Matt Bryden
Cardiff International Poetry Competition
John Goodby
Candy Neubert


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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
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The Burning Ashes of Time: from Steamer Point to Tiger Bay by Patricia Aithie
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Running Late by Dannie Abse
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Celtic Radicals Series: Volume 3. David Lloyd George by Emyr Price
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District and Circle by Seamus Heaney
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When I Grow Up by Bernice Rubens
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Sardines and Other Poems by Stephen Knight
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A Cracked Prism by Lorna Catriona Lloyd
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The Painter's Quarry. The art of Peter Prendergast by various
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Writers of Wales: R.S. Thomas by Tony Brown
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Rifling Paradise by Jem Poster
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