Issue 81,

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New Welsh Review 81, Autumn 2008


Digital Cultures (Francesca Rhydderch)
The power of the worldwide web for a minority culture like Wales is clear, starved as it is of a serious broadsheet culture. For although the inherently democratic nature of the internet can lead to a dilution in quality, it is far from being a dumping ground for those who can't find
publication elsewhere. Serious writers are very much into blogging, launching themselves on Facebook, and publishing snippets of their latest work on their personal websites. Publishers are similarly taking steps to secure their place in a digital future, and online reviewing
communities are burgeoning. The very texture of our literary culture is changing.


Freedom of Information by Peter Lord
Peter Lord considers digital media and posterity from the perspective of the life and work of Cliff McLucas: a visual artist whose work was dominated by graphics and performance.

Babylon Wales by Anthony Brockway
Anthony Brockway considers the phenomenon of blogs, how they reflect and influence Welsh culture, and the literary conventions. Are bloggers an 'online mob of wannabe journalists, frustrated amateurs and shrill egomaniacs' or are blogs a 'testament to the importance placed on the written word in the new millennium'?

Father Figures by Gary Owen
Playwright Gary Owen explores the genesis of his play Father Figures from oral history to YouTube to stage.

The Abandoned by Dannie Abse
Dannie Abse introduces a new version of his poem.

Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Dannie Abse
A Publisher's Internet by Nicholas Spice
Photo Essay by Rhodri Jones
The photographer explores internal migration in the People's Republic of China
Poetry / Photo Collaboration by Philip Gross and Simon Denison


Brawn by Alix Nathan
Hurricane by Candy Neubert


Poems by :
Maura Dooley
Rose Flint
Elaine Gaston
Stephen Knight
Anna Wigley


The majority of books reviewed in New Welsh Review can
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bookshop, by simply clicking on the 'buy now' icon. For any that
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bookshop. All details were correct at the time of publication.
The Banquet of Esther Rosenbaum by Penny Simpson
Published by Alcemi
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Reviewed by Ceri Gorton
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Selected Later Poems by Peter Finch
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Reviewed by Kathryn Gray
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The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales by Jon Gower
Published by University of Wales Press
ISBN 9780708319536 hb £65.00
Reviewed by Jon Gower
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Love and Other Possibilities by Lewis Davies
Published by Parthian
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Reviewed by Jerome de Groot
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Almanac, Volume 12 by Ed. Katie Gramich
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Reviewed by Sarah Morse
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Fragments from the Dark: Women Writing Home and Self in Wales by Eds. Jeni Williams and Latéfa Guémar
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Reviewed by Zoë Brigley
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Other Useful Numbers by Sarah Broughton
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Reviewed by Anna Scott
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Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds
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Remains of a Future City by Zoë Skoulding
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Reviewed by David Hart
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Lynette Roberts: Diaries, Letters and Recollections by Ed. Patrick McGuinness
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Reviewed by Francesca Rhydderch
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