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New Welsh Review 78, Winter 2007


Free For All (Francesca Rhydderch)
The e-book reader has arrived. Somewhere between the size of a BlackBerry and a laptop, it imitates the look and feel of an open book. With it comes a minefield of copyright issues that will take far too long to resolve. In the meantime, gadgets such as the Sony Reader and Amazon's much talked about Kindle may in their turn have been replaced by ever more advanced versions of other systems - the iPhone, for example - that will bring literature to the reader more quickly and cheaply, and copyright law, it seems, will always be caught on its back foot. read more...


Stories to Make the Grown-Ups Scream by Jeni Williams
Jeni Williams explores depictions of childhood innocence in fiction: 'Literary text, pulp fiction, thriller and tabloid: right accross these media we are confronted with multiple constructions on the innocent child'.
The Foreign-ness Within by Mary B. Valencia
Mary B. Valencia interviews the writer and performer Fflur Dafydd, and asks how growing up in a bi-cultural and bilingual environment has influenced her work.
The Poet and the Photographer by John Briggs
John Briggs recounts meeting and photographing the poet John Berryman in his youth. Not simply a straight-forward photo-assignment, the encounter was an experience 'satisfying beyond expectation'.

A Message from the Masons by John Barnie
An extract from a memoir-in-progress by poet, critic and former editor of Planet, John Barnie.

Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Paul Henry
A Writer's Writer by Catherine Fisher
The influences of Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Photo Essay by Betina Talvan Skovbro
Mum Said You Were Dead!
Roland Mathias 1915-2007 by M. Wynn Thomas
An obituary for the poet, editor and critic who died earlier this year.


Growing Up by Jasmine Donahaye
Rape by Gerard Woodward


Poems by :
Stevie Davies
Paul Groves
Kelly Grovier
Paul Henry
Oliver Reynolds
Zoë Skoulding.


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The Presence by Dannie Abse
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Face On: Disability Arts in Ireland and Beyond by Ed. Kaite O'Reilly
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Real Newport by Ann Drysdale
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STAR: a psychotopography of place by Jenny Savage
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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
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The Storm Garden by Philip Gross
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The Woman who Loved an Octopus and other Saint's Tales by Imogen Rhia Herrad
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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays Vol. 11 2006-2007 by Ed. Tony Brown
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The Valleys by Anthony Stokes with an introduction by Iain Sinclair
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The New Poetry in Wales by Ian Gregson
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Deep Hanging Out by Richard Gwyn
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Where and when - Amy Wack

Vanity Publishing - Hugh Adams

New Welsh Review - a journal of review? - Tony Curtis

Dead Poets' Society - Huw Lawrence; Lewis Davies

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