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New Welsh Review 76, Summer 2007


Dead Poets' Society (Francesca Rhydderch)
When I took over the editorship of this magazine in 2002, I decided that, apart from the first few editorials, I would save my mission statements for grant applications. I assumed that readers were far more interested in the magazine itself than in the paraphernalia of its production and politics. My editorial columns would bring together and crystallize in a very straightforward way the criticism and new writing featured in a particular issue: I had, after all, read enough back copies of The Welsh Review, The Anglo-Welsh Review and New Welsh Review itself to gauge the state-of-the nation proselytizing that lies around the corner for any more...


Germinal Fictions by Frances Williams
Frances Williams on artists Heather and Ivan Morison, who are representing Wales at the Venice Biennale. Presenting text in a variety of formats, from postcards to vapour trails, they like the comparison of their art to a work of fiction "... because when you read a novel you don't expect it to be true.".

Performance and Protest by Heike Roms
Heike Roms re-visits the international performance art programme at the National Eisteddfod in 1977. In conversation with Timothy Emlyn Jones, John Chris Jones and Andrew Knight, she discusses its attempt to connect a radical art practice with local cultural concerns, as well as its legacy.

At Home and Abroad by Kathryn Gray
2006 was a bumper year for poetry - Kathryn Gray surveys the cream of the crop.

Cities and Islands by Tristan Hughes
A lyrical travelogue from Helsinki by novelist Tristan Hughes, this piece was written as part of the Sealines project, which brought together writers from European ports.

Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and John Barnie
A Writer's Writer by Tiffany Atkinson
The poet reflects on the influence of Pam Ayres in her childhood, and her literary crush on Simon Armitage.
Photo Essay by Teija-Tuulia Ahola
Haunting images from Finland.
Peter Prendergast 1946-2007 by Tony Curtis
An obituary of the artist who sadly died earlier this year.


The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley
Preview extract

Resistance by Owen Sheers
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Poems by :
Annemarie Austin
Markus Lloyd
Pentti Saarikoski
Henry Shukman
Johanna Venho


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Mr Cassini by Lloyd Jones
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British Art by Julian Freeman
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Wales and Film - Peter Edwards, Chairman of the Film Agency for Wales

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