Issue 82,

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New Welsh Review 82, Winter 2008


Life and Times (Kathryn Gray)
The most exciting first editorials shoot from the hip. They rebel against regime, convention, inertia. They delight and infuriate. Make their authors enemies and win them new, unexpected allies. They mark the end of the past, herald a new era, offer promises that, sadly, more often than not, are quickly forgotten by those that make them - though rarely those that believe them. As it is, if the temptation were there to deliver something along these lines, I am denied such an easy


First Hand by Justin Kerrigan
BAFTA Cymru director Justin Kerrigan on the genesis of his screen play I Know You Know and how the film eventually came to be made.

Performance and Identity by Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton on the the life of Raymond Williams, 'novelist, dramatist, literary critic, political theorist, sociologist of culture and ecologist before the word was even invented', and reflects on the official biography Raymond Williams: a Warrior's Tale by Dai Smith.

Sounding the Depths by Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich on recent works by Christine Evans (Bardsey) and Gillian Clarke (At the Source: A Writer's Year). Both are 'celebrations of the inexhaustible beauty of the natural world in their respective "square miles" of Wales'.
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Sarah Broughton
Sarah Broughton on subjectivity and survival; she considers two autobiographical works, The Presence by Dannie Abse and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

Mitchum, Me and the Big-Nosed Muppet by Lloyd Robson
The writer and broadcaster on gonzo, and the influence of Robert Mitchum on his life.

Photo essay by John Briggs
John Briggs introduces his photo essay on John Berryman, The Poet and the Photographer (2), travelling from Cardiff to Laugharne in memory of the poet.
The Last Word by Anthony Brockway
Why Welsh science fiction, fantasy and horror should no longer be neglected.


The Beautiful Game by Niall Griffiths
Forgiven by Alix Nathan


Poems by :
Joe Dunthorne
Meirion Jordan
Anna Lewis
Sinead Morrissey
Damian Walford Davies.


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Oh Dad! A Search for Robert Mitchum by Lloyd Robson
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